Pierson will be a huge boost to the defensive line, which has suffered from some personnel losses early in the season.
Pierson, a senior from Oklahoma City, has the most starts on the team with 31 and has played in 37 games at TCU. But he missed the first two games this season with an undisclosed injury; Patterson said in August that Pierson "tweaked" something he was working his way back from in the spring.
A pretty honest prediction from EJ Holland.
Anything can happen in a rivalry game. But don't expect the Ponies to pull off an upset. Despite the fact that SMU has looked much better under Morris, it still lacks the overall talent to keep up with one of the country's top teams. SMU might keep it close early like it did at the beginning of the Baylor game, but at the end of the day, TCU has too much talent and too much firepower.
The Frogs look to improve to 3-0 on the season.
No. 3 TCU closes its 2015 nonconference slate when it hosts SMU Saturday at 7 p.m. in a sold-out Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The game in Lubbock will take place in the afternoon.
The Big 12 has announced that No. 3 TCU's Sept. 26 football game at Texas Tech will have a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and be televised on FOX.
The one-time LSU commit is considering early graduation to get on a college field faster. He's currently considering LSU, TCU, and Florida State, but others are in the mix.
The four-star receiver said he will take all five of his official visits and Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Auburn will be fighting for his last two visits.
TCU commit Brennan Wooten had a very solid game last week.
TCU will have a crowded quarterback room next year, but don't forget about Brennen Wooten. The three-star passer at San Angelo (Texas) Central shined on Friday, throwing for 422 yards and accounting for seven TDs in a win. Wooten has been committed to the Frogs since July 2014 and should get a chance to sit and develop early in his career at TCU.