Times are good for the TCU Horned Frogs in this part of the season. They are undefeated after taking dominating Purdue on the road and also getting ranked at #25 in the latest AP poll, nothing can get better. The celebration will have to wait as this week they return home to host their cross-town rivals the SMU Mustangs on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday’s game will be the 99th meeting between the two teams and so far it has been a one-sided rivalry in favor of the Frogs. TCU has won the last 11 out of 12 meetings between the two and it hasn’t been close since 2012. Don’t write this game off yet though, as SMU is a much different team season and the Horned Frogs might have a challenge on their hands.
SMU comes into the game 3-0 for the first time since the Pony Express days and their offense is scoring at an incredible pace. Led by former Longhorns quarter back Shane Buechele, the Mustangs offense is averaging 44.3 points-per-game. Buechele has done well since transferring to SMU, throwing for 5 touchdowns and 871 yards. He also has three picks through the first three games.
While Buechele runs the offense, the real engine is running back Xavier Jones. Jones has seven rushing touchdowns and has rushed for 293 yards this season.
TCU looks to be up for the challenge as their dominating defense held the high-scoring Purdue offense to just 13 points and shut down Rondale Moore, one of the best receivers in the country.
Now some would argue that Purdue didn’t have their starting quarterback in but Frogs still managed to slow down a passing attack that still had one of their best weapons in Moore.
For the TCU offense, it looks like freshman Max Duggan will be the starter going forward but he really didn’t have much of a game last Saturday. The real threat for the SMU defense will be how to slow down the TCU rushing attack. Led by Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua, the Horned Frogs rushed for 370 total yards. Anderson had two touchdowns and Olonilua had one as well.
Though SMU has held their opponents to 24.67 per game, this will be their first real test against a team with some talent. SMU will have to figure out how to contend with this lethal 1-2 punch that the Frogs have at running back.
This could be the first game in awhile that could be close between these two rivals, but in the end it looks like TCU has the better team and could coast to an early victory. We will find out on Saturday.
Kick-off is 2:30 p.m. CST live from Amon G. Carter Stadium. You can watch the game on FS1 or hear it on the radio at WBAP 820 or 88.7 KTCU.
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