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2011 Record: 8-5 (5-3)
Last Meeting: SMU 40 TCU 33, 2011
While the entire nation saw TCU's first defeat of the season—a heartbreaking last second loss to Baylor, it was the overtime loss to SMU that really ruined TCU's season.
In 2012 the Frogs will be out for revenge in the "Battle for the Iron Skillet" as these rivals will meet for the 92nd time. The series has been close throughout history as TCU leads 44-40-7. Since June Jones took over the SMU program this rivalry has been hard fought, but with last season's loss fresh in their minds, expect TCU to come out ready to play.
It may not be a conference game, but this one will be big for momentum and confidence. Now that the Frogs are one of the "big boys," they really need to show they can take care of business against the "little guys."
SMU Player to Watch: Zach Line, RB
Last season, SMU had immense success through the air against the Frogs. Quarterback J.J. McDermott threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns in the offensive shootout, however, it was running back Zach Line that really made the difference.
Line gouged the normally stout TCU run defense for 120 yards on 21 carries and returns to the Mustangs after his second consecutive season of 1,000 yards or more and 17 touchdowns. Jones' passing scheme is bound to rack up the passing yards, but when the passing game sets up the run, the offense is nearly unstoppable.
Texas transfer Garret Gilbert will be more than capable of putting up good numbers through the air, but stopping Line will be the real key to winning this game.
Prediction: TCU 35 SMU 24
Regardless of score, this is always a hard fought game. The rivalry is intense and you can certainly throw the records out whenever these two teams get together.
That being said, the Mustangs caught the Frogs off-guard last season and that shouldn't happen again. With a much tougher schedule this season, TCU can't afford to drop games to the likes of SMU and Gary Patterson will have his team ready to play.
Look for the Frogs' potent offense to outgun SMU's run and shoot attack and bring the Iron Skillet back to Ft. Worth.