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Game Week: TCU @ SMU

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It's a team we love to hate, or pity, or argue about whether or not we should even play. Yep. It's SMU Game Week, and the Frogs may win 100-0.

Scott Halleran

Poor SMU. They haven't been terribly good for a while now, and sure, they've beaten TCU twice since 2002, but the average score since that season, including those two Mustang wins, is 31-15 in favor of the Horned Frogs.

Now, June Jones, once the beacon of hope for the Mustangs, has returned dust to dust, only to walk away with semi-clean hands in a move that reeks of self-preservation.

It reeks, in part, because it very well could be true. It has been rumored that Jones left the Mustangs because he feared they would be 0-12 when the season was all said and done, effectively ending his coaching career. However, because he wants to coach again, and because the university wanted him gone, they agreed to part ways.

I asked a person close to the team about the situation, and this was what they had to say:

Well when you look at what this team has done on offense it certainly feels like he abandoned us. I'm not sure [self-preservation] is why he left though. In talking to a lot of players, none of them have said they felt he gave up on them.

So, take that how you will, but there seems to be no ill will towards Jones, at least from the players.

I could go on about how bad SMU is, but Marshall is planning on doing that later this week, for this week's Midweek Musings segment.

So now, let's turn our attention back to our guys.

With two weeks to prepare for an 0-3 SMU team that has allowed 146 points on the season and scored only 12 of their own, there's no reason for us to think this game will be close. Sure, it's a rivalry game, but that didn't stop the Frogs, who were in much worse shape offensively last season, from destroying SMU 48-17.

This game may not be a big test for Boykin, but it will allow him to get quality snaps at full speed. In three games , SMU has allowed 816 passing yards and six touchdowns, along with 135 rushing yards and a touchdown to opposing quarterbacks.

The worst part of SMU's defense though has been the run defense, though, which has allowed 774 rushing yards (258/game) and 10 touchdowns on the season. In short, B.J. Catalon, Aaron Green, Kyle Hicks and Trevorris Johnson should all feast on Saturday.

Coming into this week, here are TCU's stat leaders.

Passing

Player

Comp/Att

Comp %

Yards

TDs

INTs

Long

Average

Trevone Boykin

56/87

64.4%

578

4

1

38

289

Matt Joeckel

4/8

50%

35

1

1

23

17.5

Rushing

Player

Attempts

Yards

YPC

TDs

Long

Average

Trevone Boykin

22

121

5.5

1

34

60.5

B.J. Catalon

16

58

3.5

2

15

29

Trevorris Johnson

10

39

3.9

1

10

19.5

Kyle Hicks

10

38

3.8

0

17

19

Aaron Green

9

46

5.1

0

11

23

Deante Gray

5

57

11.4

0

21

28.5

Receiving

Player

Receptions

Yards

YPC

TDs

Long

Average

David Porter

10

113

11.3

1

20

56.5

Ty Slanina

9

91

10.1

0

23

45.5

Josh Doctson

8

83

10.4

2

17

41.5

Deante Gray

7

48

6.9

0

16

24

B.J. Catalon

7

41

5.9

0

14

20.5

Kolby Listenbee

5

101

20.2

2

38

50.5

Defense

Player

Tackles

TFL

Sacks

INT

PBU

FF

FR

Paul Dawson

24

4

0

1

3

1

2

Marcus Mallett

18

1

0

0

0

0

0

Chris Hackett

14

0

0

1

2

0

0

Derrick Kindred

12

0.5

0

1

3

0

1

Sam Carter

11

0

0

1

2

0

0

Josh Carraway

10

2

0.5

0

0

0

0

James McFarland

9

3

0

0

0

0

0

Mike Tuaua

9

3.5

2

0

0

2

0

Chucky Hunter

8

1

0

0

0

1

0

Kevin White

6

1

0

0

1

0

0

Davion Pierson

5

1.5

1.5

0

0

0

0