- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

SMU (1-1) at No. 3 TCU (2-0), 8 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)

Line: TCU by 37 1/2.

Series Record: TCU leads 47-40-7.


The Battle for the Iron Skillet, the trophy kept by the winner of the game between the former Southwest Conference rivals in Dallas and Fort Worth. TCU is trying to finish nonconference play undefeated for the second year in a row. SMU plays its first road game under new coach Chad Morris. The Mustangs opened the season with a 56-21 loss to No. 5 Baylor, the other defending Big 12 co-champion, then won at home against North Texas.


Dual-threat quarterback Matt Davis and SMU’s PonyUpTempo offense against TCU’s young defense. The Mustangs are going at a faster pace under Morris, averaging 11 more offensive plays per game and scoring seven touchdowns, almost halfway to the 15 they had all last season. The Frogs have already used nine first-time starters on defense, but have allowed only 254 total yards per game. Plus, they go against Heisman hopeful Trevone Boykin and TCU’s fast-paced scheme in practice.


SMU: Darrion Richardson leads SMU with 12 tackles through the first two games, while fellow defensive back Horace Richardson is tied for second with nine. Both have an interception.

TCU: The linebackers, including freshmen Ty Summers and Montrell Wilson and sophomore Travin Howard. Summers and Wilson started at the two linebacker slots last week against Stephen F. Austin. Wilson and Howard matched for the team lead with nine tackles in that game.


SMU is playing two top-five opponents in the same season for the first time since 1974, when the Mustangs played No. 1 Ohio State and No. 5 Texas A&M.; … TCU’s 10-game winning streak is second only to top-ranked defending national champion Ohio State’s 15 in a row. … The Frogs have won 13 of their last 15 games against SMU, including 56-0 last season in the most lopsided game in the series.

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