TCU vs SMU : At some point in each program’s respective histories, both SMU and TCU have staked a claim as the best team in Texas. But while the Horned Frogs built their own road to the Big 12, the Mustangs have languished — and you don’t have to go much farther than last week’s 46-23 loss to North Texas for proof.
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But Southern Methodist can make a statement Friday when these two teams write the next chapter in a longtime Lone Star State rivalry. TCU has won six straight games against its Dallas foe and 10 of the last 11 matchups between these teams. Unless Sonny Dykes can make a rapid turnaround from Week 1, it’ll soon become 11 of 12.
Week 2 in college football kicks off on Friday night with No.16 TCU visiting SMU in the 98th edition of The Battle for the Iron Skillet.
TCU opened the season with a 55-7 defeat over Southern University last Saturday. The Frogs’ new starting quarterback, sophomore Shawn Robinson, threw three touchdown passes and ran for four more.
SMU’s season-opener didn’t go quite as well. They suffered a 46-23 loss at North Texas. The Mustangs, down 36-0, failed to score until halway through the fourth quarter. With 14 of its starters returning from last year, SMU should be able to put the loss behind them and move forward.
The rivalry is still strong between the Texas schools. Last year, TCU beat SMU 56-36 after a strong performance in the second half. SMU was up 19-7 early in the second quarter, but the Frogs battled to take the lead heading into halftime. With a Hail Mary pass on the last play of the first half, wide receiver Jalen Reagor caught the pass for a touchdown, putting TCU up 28-22 at the half.
No. 16 TCU and SMU will battle for the Iron Skillet like they do every year. However, this cross-town rivalry shows two programs in different places. TCU is nationally ranked and has a huge showdown vs. Ohio State in Week 3. Should the Horned Frogs upset the Buckeyes, they’ll be viewed differently in the playoff conversation.
SMU, meanwhile, is starting its first full year under coach Sonny Dykes, and the schedule isn’t conducive for making a bowl game. Can TCU handle its business or will SMU make things interesting in Dallas?