BPN: Preview TCU at SMU

The Frogs are 3-0 and have their sights on rival SMU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. SMU comes into the game 1-2 on the season, including a blowout loss last week against Texas Tech. Kickoff is 7 P.M CT. in Dallas.

TCU (3-0) at SMU (1-2)

Kickoff 7 P.M.
Television: CBS Sports Radio: TCU/ISP Sports Network--103.3-FM ESPN; 88.7-FM KTCU

The Series
TCU leads 41-39-7
SMU leads in Dallas 23-19-2
TCU leads in Fort Worth 21-16-5


SMU Coach: June Jones, 1-2 at SMU (77-43 career)
Jones Record Against TCU: 0-2


Last Week SMU: lost to Texas Tech (3-0) 43-7.


Ten Best SMU Players
1. WR Emmanuel Sanders, Jr.
2. P/K Thomas Morstead, Sr.
3. LB Pete Fleps, Jr.
4. RB DeMyron Martin, Sr.
5. CB Bryan McCann, Jr.
6. DL Serge Elizee, Sr.
7. WR Aldrick Robinson, So.
8. C Mitch Enright, Jr.
9. DE Youri Yenga, So.
10. FS Tyler Jones, So.


Going Back To Last Year:

The TCU offense only managed 250 yards, but the defense and special teams came through, as Bart Johnson returned a blocked punt for a first quarter touchdown and Robert Henson took a Justin Willis pass 58 yards for a score. The Horned Frog offense had one good drive, going 78 yards in 16 plays with Marcus Jackson hitting Derek Moore for a 15-yard score, but that was it. SMU scored first on a DeMyron Martin 15- yard touchdown run, but wasn't able to get on the board the rest of the way.
Player of the game: TCU DE Chase Ortiz made seven tackles with two sacks.
Stat Leaders: TCU - Passing: Marcus Jackson, 6-12, 68 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Aaron Brown, 11-92. Receiving: Jimmy Young, 3-25
Stat Leaders:SMU - Passing: Justin Willis, 19-34, 203 yds, 1 INT Rushing: DeMyron Martin, 19-100, 1 TD. Receiving: Emmanuel Sanders, 7-98


What Is At Stake:

TCU needs to keep the momentum going before heading to Norman next week for a matchup with (#2) Oklahoma. You have to throw all things out the window when these two play. No matter who looks dominant they are both ready. Their could be nothing more that June Jones would like then to knock off the schools biggest rival.


How much run will actually occur in the Run and Shoot?

June Jones' offense is called the Run and Shoot. The problem is that SMU rarely runs. The Mustangs have 133 rushing yards through three games. That is an average of a little more then 44-yards a ball game.


Expect Priest And Sanders To Be Busy:

TCU enters the game 2nd in the nation in pass defense and they will be tested on Saturday. Cornerbacks Nick Sanders and Rafael Priest better be ready. SMU is currently 15th in the nation in passing yards.

Everyone talks about wide receiver Emmaunel Sanders ( 4th in nation receiving yards-128.0), but no player has benefited more from June Jones' offense then wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. The sophomore has 5 touchdowns in 3 games.


The SMU increased passing attack has faced it's challenges!

Freshman quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell had five interceptions, three on the Mustangs' first four possessions last week against the MIGHTY Texas Tech defense. Mitchell has 8 total for the year in three games. He has not even come close to facing a defense like TCU's. "He's got to learn how to play the game," June Jones said at his press conference on Monday. "You are not going to learn standing over there by me [on the sidelines.] Every quarterback that's ever played the game has had one of those days….He made some rookie decisions, throwing the ball back into the middle of the field when he was scrambling. … I obviously haven't gotten my point across to him enough not to do those things."


Some interesting facts!

Saturday will be a high school reunion for the two starting quarterbacks. Bo Levi Mitchell was Andy Dalton's backup at Katy High in 2005. Dalton took his team to the Class 5A final and Mitchell won it the following year. Saturday will be another learning experience for Mitchell as he watches Dalton from the sidelines.

In week one, SMU played more true freshman than any other team in the nation has in a single game. The Mustangs sent out a total of 12 freshmen.


What Will Happen: SMU might get a score early with the home crowd behind them, but the Mustangs will find it much harder to score on TCU's first-team defense compared to any other team they have faced. The Frogs offense will have no problems moving ball with who ever is in the backfield at running back. Coach Patterson is known for saying that you are only as good as your second and third team guys. This will be another game those guys get work.

BigPurpleNation.com Prediction: TCU- 45 SMU- 10



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