Week four of college football continues as the SMU Mustangs travel to Amon G. Carter Stadium to take on the #25 TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday, Sep. 21 at 3:30 P.M. These two teams have not met since last season when TCU won by a score of 42-12.
SMU Looks To Score At Least 37 Points Again
The SMU Mustangs are still undefeated through the first three weeks of the regular season. At this pace, SMU is ready to shatter last year’s win total of five and potentially qualify for a bowl game. The main reason for SMU’s success this season has been its offense which has looked unstoppable. Specifically, SMU has scored at least 37 points in every game and defenses have had no answers. SMU’s use of offensive balance and pace has really made it difficult to gameplan for which can make them a good upset candidate on any given Saturday. With a ranked team up next, SMU will look to prove just how dangerous it is.
The starting quarterback for the Mustangs is juniorShane Buechele, theTexas transfer, looked good so far this season. Buechele has already thrown for 871 passing yards and five touchdowns. In addition, he has also completed more than 66% of his passes. However, he already has three interceptions on the year which raises some ball security concerns. If SMU plans on pulling off this upset, he will need to do a better job at limiting turnovers.
— SMU FootbaII (@SMU_Football) September 16, 2019
SMU’s biggest X-factor on offense is senior running back Xavier Jones who played extremely well so far this season. So far this season, Jones has rushed for 291 yards along with a whopping seven rushing touchdowns. In addition, he has yet to fumble the ball so he has the ability to be a workhorse back due to little questions regarding his ball security. If SMU plans on winning this game, Jones will most likely have to score at least two touchdowns.
TCU Looks To Move Up In AP Poll
The TCU Horned Frogs entered the 2019 season with hopes of drastic improvement. Last season, TCU went 7-6 and even beat California in the Cheez-It Bowl. However, the Horned Frogs have typically been much more competitive in the Big 12 conference and last season was considered a down one. Now, TCU looks like it got its mojo back as it is undefeated through two games and is back in the AP Top 25 rankings. With a victory in this game, one can expect TCU to move up in the rankings which is important since the grind of the conference schedule will officially start next week. Even though TCU has bigger aspirations than just beating SMU, a victory could be crucial in impacting TCU’s season-long plans.
The starting quarterback for the Horned Frogs is freshman Max Duggan who looked average in the first two games of the season. Specifically, he has thrown for just 235 passing yards and two passing touchdowns with no interceptions. In addition, he has also rushed for a touchdown so he does possess some dual-threat ability. However, he completed less than 39% of his passes last week which is unacceptable moving forward if TCU looks to remain ranked.
We had over 346 rushing yards tonight! Also, we're 2-0 😏
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) September 15, 2019
TCU’s biggest weapon on offense is senior running back Darius Anderson who has been great so far this season. After a lackluster performance in week one, Anderson exploded against Purdue as he had 179 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on just 16 carries. Anderson helped TCU put the game away late by converting on several crucial first downs to help the Horned Frogs drain the clock in the fourth quarter. If TCU plans on winning this game, Anderson will need to rush for at least 100 yards.
- Mustangs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
- Mustangs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Horned Frogs are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 home games.
- Horned Frogs are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.