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From the other side: SMU Mustangs vs. TCU Horned Frogs

Horned Frogs Insider publisher Josh Harvey caught up with Pony Stampede to talk SMU vs. TCU.

Billy Embody: TCU had the difficult task of replacing Trevone Boykin at quarterback this year. How has Kenny Hill handled that and is there a chance Foster Sawyer will make an appearance? 

Josh Harvey: "So far it is has only been a one-quarterback system. Hill has played well, hitting on 65 percent of throws. It doesn’t feel like he’s used his legs that often, but he does have 27 carries – finding the end zone six times. Is he Boykin – no.  But he doesn’t have to be in this offense. Hill has plenty of weapons and needs to be able to just get the ball in their hands to let them do the rest."

BE: TCU got back on track after losing to Arkansas in Fort Worth, but what are your feelings on where the team is at and where the Horned Frogs' biggest issues are?

JH: "Defensively they have been a mess, but looked better against Iowa State on that side of the football. They are a young group on defense and I think we will see improvements each week. I think the loss really made this team lock in and realize they have a long way to go. Patterson said there weren’t enough tears after the double-OT loss to Arkansas compared to Baylor two years ago. That is a sign that the team maybe hasn’t bought in enough yet – not surprising with a younger group."

BE: TCU has always been known for its defense, but this year, it seems like TCU is having a down year defensively. Is that true and where do you think SMU can attack that defense with success? 

JH: "It is definitely true. Right now they are No. 102 in passing yards allowed, but allowed just 217 yards against Iowa State – despite forcing the Cyclones to pass often because they were down early. Iowa State star receiver Allen Lazard was held to just one target in the contest. TCU will need the same type of effort against Courtland Sutton. As a freshman Sutton hurt them in 2015 with over 100 yards and a touchdown."

BE: What's the status on some of the injured Horned Frogs? Are they 100 percent? How's Kavontae Turpin?

JH: "Patterson doesn’t really share news when it comes to injuries. But, Turpin is out and could be for the rest of 2016, which is a major blow to the offense and special teams. He is the Frogs biggest deep threat. Other than that, there are no major injuries to report."

BE: What's your feeling on how this game goes? Got a prediction for us?

JH: "To be honest, I think this game might have gone completely different if the Frogs had beaten Arkansas in week two. TCU has an increased focused and were woke up a bit in the loss. SMU always plays the Frogs close – it is a rivalry game. But the combination of TCU’s loss to Arkansas and the fact they got a scare last year from the Mustangs makes this game not much of one. TCU wins 45-21."

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