By: Kendall Louis
Kenny Hill. Photo from GoFrogs.com.
Beating Arkansas on the road means TCU can kick back at home against SMU, right?
Not so fast. While it seems almost customary for TCU to pull off a blowout win against SMU year after year, having kept the prized Iron Skillet in Fort Worth since 2012, SMU's solid performances in its first two games of the season show signs that the Mustangs may put up a fight against the Frogs this year.
Here are four things to watch out for.
Since Chad Morris took the reins (pun most definitely intended) of the Mustangs two years ago, his team has steadily improved. SMU went 2-10 in 2015 and 5-7 in 2016 — both losing records, yes, but improvements nonetheless. This year, they’re starting 2-0, and both are blowout wins. This could very well be an SMU that’s different from what TCU has been used to seeing in recent years.
The Mustangs have an explosive offense led by quarterback Ben Hicks, but the player everyone’s been talking about is wide receiver Courtland Sutton, who had four receiving touchdowns against North Texas last week, along with an impressive eight catches for 163 yards. Pitting him and the rest of the team against TCU’s hard-nosed defense, which held Arkansas to a single touchdown last week, should be fun to watch.
SMU has some solid players on its defense, like defensive end Justin Lawler and linebacker Kyran Mitchell, who both recorded two sacks apiece against North Texas. And with three interceptions in their last two games, the Mustangs may capitalize on the Frogs’ at-times shaky passing game.
Yes, SMU’s two wins are against Stephen F. Austin and North Texas. But the Mustangs put up at least 50 points against both, which is worth taking note of. The Frogs shouldn’t sleep on any team, really — and especially not SMU. Not if they want to keep the Iron Skillet in Fort Worth for a little while longer.
And now, for some fun facts, per GoFrogs.com:
The Battle for the Iron Skillet starts Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
By: Kendall Louis