Five keys of the game for SMU

Throw out the records when TCU takes on SMU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet in Dallas Saturday night. Go inside to see what thinks the five keys of the game will be for SMU to have a successful night against the Horned Frogs.

Everything is bigger in Texas.

June Jones is finding this out the hard way, having to play Rice, Texas Tech and TCU in three out of his four weeks as a new head coach in the Lone Star state.

Jones already realized there was great talent in Texas and that recruiting prospects was going to be an easier job than getting them to go over seas to Hawaii. The only problem is that most of these teams he is currently playing are already stocked and loaded with Texas talent.

Things don't get any easier this weekend as SMU host an undefeated TCU team in the annual DFW Duel "The Battle for the Iron Skillet".

Here are five keys of the game for SMU to have success against TCU this weekend in Dallas.

Rivalry is a great thing for the home team

The home team always has an advantage in this game no matter what the records are. If you don't believe it, ask any TCU fan about 2005 when the Mustangs knocked TCU out of a major bowl and an undefeated season. That year in Dallas, the Mustangs shocked the world and the Frogs with a fairly easy win. That was TCU's lone loss that year. For SMU to win this year there needs to be a great SMU student presence at the game and this needs to become a tougher place to play for the opposition.

Pressure, Pressure, Pressure

SMU's new defensive coordinator Tom Mason must get pressure on TCU's Andy Dalton. The Mustang linebacker corp needs to have a huge game Saturday against TCU and they must stop the run or at least slow it down.

Believe in Bo

That needs to be the team's motto and the fans motto for this game. The Mustangs can ill afford very many if any turnovers against TCU to be successful against the Horned Frogs. Bo Levi Mitchell needs to have a solid ballgame, if his timing is on Saturday, lookout this could be a fun game.

Be successful with the deep ball

What a difference one pass could have made in the Rice game. That was the first play from scrimmage when Bo Mitchell just barely missed an open Aldrick Robinson. In fact if it wasn't for a great defensive play by an Owl offender, that game could have been very different very early on.

Starting singing Oklahoma is the place to be

Let's hope that the Oklahoma curse of 2005 is alive and well. That season TCU defeated the Sooners the week before playing SMU. This season let's hope TCU is looking past the Mustangs for bigger and better things in Sooner country. If lightening strikes twice, I can forecast several SMU fans becoming Sooner fans on Sunday.

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