SMU Mustangs vs #3 TCU Horned Frogs
Saturday – September 19 – 7:00 pm CT
TV: Fox Sports Network
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Ft. Worth
SMU new head coach, Chad Morris, secured his first victory as a Mustang with a late game rally to overcome a three point lead by the University of North Texas. The Mustangs ran off 21 points to deceivingly appear to have had control throughout the ball game.
Spot the #3 TCU Horned Frogs 3 points this Saturday and it won’t be any rolling in Amon Carter Stadium for Morris’ Mustangs. The task of facing a team who is expected to be in the national championship equation by season’s end isn’t new to the Mustangs. They opened their season against then #4 Baylor Bears and surprisingly made it somewhat of an interesting and competitive game.
The Mustangs defense faced an inexperienced QB that day in first year starter Seth Russell. They come into Fort Worth with a game plan of containing Heisman candidate QB Trevone Boykin of TCU. Seemingly Boykin got on track against Stephen F. Austin last week after a rough go of it up in Minnesota the week before. He was able to scorch the Lumberjacks defense with a down field attack to his receivers Josh Doctson and the speedy Kolby Listenbee. Look for the Frogs to iron out some kinks in their running game. The offensive line didn’t blow an inferior and smaller defensive front of SFA off the line with enough regularity last week. Running back Aaron Green hopes to find more daylight against the Mustangs than he saw last week.
I expect a solid performance from the Frogs defense again this week. Maybe not to the tune of zero offensive points in their 70-7 mauling last week of the Lumberjacks, but a solid game all around for the unit. A revamped linebacking unit played well last week. They will be called on to slow the dual threat attack of SMU quarterback Matt Davis. He accounted 296 total yards and 2 TD’s against UNT. Running back Xavier Jones rushed for 96 yards on 14 carries and will look to test the front seven of the Frogs that are somewhat depleted.
PREDICTION: TCU 48 – SMU 17