Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming match between SMU Mustangs and TCU Horned Frogs.
Saturday 24 September 2022; 11 a.m. CT Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Television: ESPNU (John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia)
Radio: TCU: WBAP 820 AM, Sirius XM 99, SXM 968 app.
records: TCU, 2-0; SMU, 2-1.
ranking: TCU: unranked; SMU: Not arranged.
Series History: TCU leads 51-42-7.
last meeting: SMU 42, TCU 34, September 25, 2021.
Fun fact: You’ve probably heard this before, but Mustangs and the horned frog are playing for the right to keep the game’s famous “iron pan” for a year. Hence, it is called the “iron pan” game. It will be the first time TCU coach Sonny Dykes will face his former team SMU. Dykes trained a Mustang for four seasons (2018-21).
The main players
TCU Horned Frogs
QB Max Dogan
No matter what seems to have happened recently, all paths lead to Duggan. When Chandler Morris — who knocked Duggan off his starting position to start the season — sprained his knee, the Horned Frogs returned to Duggan. All he’s done since then is pass 25 of 32 for 417 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Now, the vast majority of that came in a file High functionality against Tarlton Two weeks ago, allowing Morris time to recover. But there is no indication that Dykes will make a change. Additionally, Duggan needs only 24 yards to move up to fourth on the TCU’s all-time pass yards list.
DB Trivius Hodges-Tomlinson
He can play corner and play it safe – and he can play well. It was the third highest rated Pro Football Focus returning Big 12 Cornerback in press coverage for last season. Now he’s out not only to bring The Horned Frogs back into bowl game but improve his stock NFL Draft so he can follow in his uncle LaDainian’s footsteps. We only played two games but he has four tackles and one pass breakup. SMU provides him with an opportunity to improve on that.
QB Tanner Mordechai
Dams may be in the TCU, but the former super-productive Oklahoma recruit who got into the air raid system in the Mustang is still around and still producing. In three games, he completed nearly 60 percent of his passes, threw 10 touchdowns in three interceptions and threw for 1,013 yards, 337.7 yards per game. Horned frogs will have to slow it down.
LP Isaac Slade Matutia
The Mustang’s leading contender is a native Hawaiian and Oregon native and is on the Botkos Trophy watchlist, Polynesian College Football League Player of the Year award and East-West Shrine Bowl 1000 list. He has 22 tackles and one quarterback in three games and the TCU will have to track him down. The whole day.
TCU Horned Frogs
It’s hard to tell where the TCU is now, despite scoring 2-0. The road win over Colorado was a good win that meant a win over another Power 5 team. But it became clear that The Horned Frogs overcame a program that swings into complete disarray. The win over Tarleton was pounding the FBS/FCS variety into your garden, as the Texans still moved to full Division I status. If you watch the TCU, you can see the talent and you can see the systems that Dykes and his crew installed are consistent with the talent. SMU is arguably a better team than Colorado, and The Horned Frogs should start getting to know better who they are this weekend.
The Mustangs went the way of the young coach when they taped Rhett Lashlee to take charge of the Dykes as soon as he walked out the door of Fort Worth. Perhaps it was a visionary recruitment. He worked for UCF’s Gus Malzahn from the couple’s days at Springdale High School in Arkansas until 2017, when Lashley ventured out on his own. He worked as offensive coordinator for the Dykes for two years, took the same job in Miami (FL) for two seasons and then returned to SMU. He knows the system, he knows most of the staff and this shows that.
Prediction: SMU 36, TCU 33
What’s the one thing you don’t want to do when you take on a new job as a head coach? Face your old team in the first year. Well, Dykes knew the risks when he took the job at UCLA. This is always a magnifying game. Turn it on to 11 Spinal Tap fans, and watch SMU beat TCU at home.