Welcome to a very strange gameday, as SMU's AAC television partners insist on having their home game with a Big 12 team on on a night where they'll have the major college eyes more or less all to themselves. While it makes sense from an AAC perspective, from an SMU perspective it's not the best look to tell Texas high school coaches that you're encroaching on their night- and it certainly cuts down on the number of recruits that could attend or even watch this game. This sort of situation is one of the reasons why I think that at the least we need to reconsider the home and home nature of the rivalry into a 2 for 1 home game split., but the real issue of the night is whether the Frogs will be ready to play tonight. SMU is 2-1 on the season, but it's a bit of a deceptive 2-1 as the Mustangs escaped Denton with a 7 point victory over a team that was 1-11 last year, played one of the worst halves of football I've ever seen in Waco before slowly getting blown out by the Bears and then thumped an FCS team. SMU is actually a pretty good test for the Frogs, because at the very least you know they're going to bring the intensity and a pretty good running game to the party. While the Frogs should win, they're going to have to fight for it, which is a good thing to sharpen up those killer instincts before taking on OU, who have had a week to dwell on how horribly their season has gone (and will be ready to come out and win the Big 12 anyway out of sheer spite).
This is your Friday night gamethread for the battle for the Iron Skillet, and this will hopefully be the last night our cookware is seen in Dallas for another two years. Chat, analyze and follow along with us here!