TCU vs. SMU Prediction, Game Preview

    TCU vs. SMU prediction and game preview. The No. 3 Horned Frogs look to continue their push toward the College Football Playoff as they host the 1-1 Mustangs.

    September 15, 2015

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    The TCU Horned Frogs and the SMU Mustangs meet, with DFW bragging rights at stake. Can the Mustangs reverse the Frogs’ recent dominance in the rivalry? We opine below in the SMU vs. TCU prediction and game preview.

    SMU vs. TCU Prediction & Preview

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    Date: Saturday, September 19
    Game Time: 8:00 ET
    Network: FSN

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    Why You Need To Care

    It’s the ‘Battle for the Iron Skillet’, as local rivals TCU and SMU renew a series that began 100 years ago. The third-ranked Horned Frogs will be on display every weekend, especially since a growing number of critics feel that they might be a little too high in the polls. Remember, this is the team that was almost picked off by Minnesota in the opener. The Mustangs are coming along slowly for rookie head coach Chad Morris, rallying to defeat North Texas, 31-13, last Saturday.

    Why SMU Will Win

    Morris has a young quarterback, Texas A&M transfer Matt Davis, he believes he can build an offense around. Davis is an exciting dual-threat who accounted for all four touchdowns in the Mean Green win, and has helped unlock the potential of freshmen playmakers Xavier Jones and Courtland Sutton. The TCU defense is salty, but it’s also been depleted by injuries and unexpected departures.

    Why TCU Will Win

    Progress, sure. But SMU has a long way to go, particularly on defense. In their other game against a Big 12 opponent, the Mustangs yielded 723 yards and 56 points to Baylor. This weekend could look like a sequel, since Baylor-caliber skill talent surrounds QB Trevone Boykin. SMU lacks the talent and size to stifle an offense that has so many playmakers, such as RB Aaron Green and receivers Josh Doctson and Kolby Listenbee.

    Player Who Matters

    The Horned Frogs are putting out APBs for stoppers, especially since both projected starting linebackers are no longer available. The newcomers to the lineup, Ty Summers and Montrel Wilson, are rookies, but safeties Derrick Kindred, Denzel Johnson and Travin Howard play with a linebacker’s mindset. And they’ll be asked to spy Davis throughout the game.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    SMU is heading in the right direction, but TCU is too tall of an order at this point. The Frogs will bottle up the scrambling ability of Davis, forcing him to throw more than he’d like. Meanwhile, on offense, Boykin & Co. will spread the ball around on an overmatched Mustang D. The Frogs will roll, but the Mustangs will show better than in recent meetings.

    SMU vs. TCU Score Prediction

    Final Score: TCU 52, SMU 17, Line: SMU -37 , o/u: 67

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