TCU vs. SMU: An Iron Skillet preview

The Associated Press

TCU (2-0) at SMU (0-3), 11 a.m. CT Saturday (CBS Sports Network)

Line: TCU by 32.

Series Record: TCU leads 46-40-7.

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The Battle for the Iron Skillet, the trophy that stays with the winner of the game between the former Southwest Conference rivals in Dallas and Fort Worth. TCU is trying to finish its non-conference schedule without a loss while SMU is trying to get a win before starting American Athletic Conference play. The Horned Frogs are 13-4 against SMU since the SWC dissolved after the 1995 season.


QB Trevone Boykin and TCU’s new spread offense vs. SMU defense. The Mustangs have struggled against similar offenses already this season in three lopsided losses, but Boykin and the Frogs are coming off their second bye week in three weeks and could need some time to get into some kind of rhythm.

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TCU: LB Paul Dawson has 24 tackles (15 solos, nine assists) with four tackles for loss. He also has an interception, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups.

SMU: Garrett Krstich, the fourth different quarterback used by the Mustangs this season, is expected to make his first college start. The junior completed 13 of 24 passes for 137 yards without an interception after he took over in the second quarter of last week’s game for ineffective starter Kolney Cassell, starting in place of injured Neal Burcham.


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TCU has won nine of their last 10 regular-season games following an open date. … SMU has scored only one touchdown in three games this season. … The Horned Frogs have has 24-0 leads in the first half in both of its games this season. … SMU has 22-20-2 lead in the series at home, though TCU has won its last three trips about 40 miles east from the Fort Worth campus to Dallas.