Pony Stampede: TCU handled SMU last season, but with the Mustangs' new coaching staff and new found energy, what are TCU players and coaches saying about this year's match-up?
Michael Garland: Let me be the first to say I’m a big fan of Chad Morris. Always enjoyed covering his team when he was Head Coach at Elysian Fields. He is just what SMU needs to help turn that program around. Since 1995, TCU is 14-4 against the Ponies. Patterson’s two selling points this week, IMO, has been those “4” losses and TCU’s 22 home-game winning streak being ended in 2011.
PS: TCU offense struggled to score against Minnesota, but had no trouble putting up 70 against a weak Stephen F. Austin team. Can the Horned Frogs' offense put up 70 on any given week, or was last week's game an outlier?
MG: I don’t think we’ll see 70-points from TCU very often. SFA was outmatched from the get-go. Minnesota on the other hand, is a pretty good team. Folks aren’t giving them their due.
PS: How has Trevone Boykin progressed these first two games, and what are your expectations for him this weekend?
MG: No doubt Boykin struggled some against Minnesota but he also had some good moments. Then against SFA, we saw improvement – four touchdown passes in almost 3 quarters of football. He is going to have to take advantage of youth that SMU has at cornerback and safety. Currently sitting at 61 career touchdown passes, he’s just 11 away from tying current NFL’er Andy Dalton for most in school history.
PS: How are the Horned Frogs dealing with the loss of their two linebackers Mike Freeze and Sammy Douglas? Is TCU's youth at the linebacker position a cause for concern?
MG: No matter what anyone says, youth is always an issue. But it’s not just youth in this case, it’s also players changing positions. A fullback and two safeties are now linebackers. To me, that’s just as much of a concern. One of them is expected to start this weekend.
PS: With Big 12 play just around the corner, and pressure to make the playoff this year, what do you think the chances are the Horned Frogs overlook SMU?
MG: I’d say the Horn Frogs aren’t overlooking SMU. Yes, Texas Tech and Texas loom in the near future but Patterson and staff do a good job on getting team to focus on the opponent they are playing that week. TCU won’t reach the playoff if they lose a game. It’s that simple.