I got 99 meetings and the 100th might not be one.
TCU and SMU will meet for the 99th time Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth, for what is currently the last scheduled time.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re attending the game or how you can follow the Frogs from afar.
How to Watch/Listen:
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth
TV: FS1 (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey)
Radio: WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM, Sirius 135, XM 199 (Brian Estridge, John Denton, Landry Burdine)
Spanish Radio: KFZO 99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos)
The line: TCU by 9 1/2 (over/under 57)
Tickets: Available starting at $40 ($20 for groups of 20 or more). May be purchased on school’s website or at the Parrish Family Athletics Ticket Office in Schollmaier Arena beginning at 9:30 a.m. through halftime on Saturday.
Gates: Open at 12:30 p.m. with concession stands offering “happy hour” prices including $5 beers. Fans entering the east side of the stadium are encouraged to arrive early to avoid long lines at the gates.
Parking: Lots open five hours before kickoff (9:30 a.m.). Free parking lots (that don’t allow tailgating) are located at Doxology Bible Church (4805 Arborlawn Drive, 929 spots) and Travis Avenue Baptist Church (800 W Berry Street, 450 spots) with shuttle service beginning three hours prior to kickoff.
Ride share (Uber, Lyft, etc): Pick up and drop off is at University Baptist Church at the corner of Wabash Avenue and McPherson Avenue, northeast of the stadium.
Taxis are allowed to pick up and drop off at the corner of Stadium Drive and Bellaire Drive North, southeast of the stadium.
Frog Alley: Has moved because of the east-side stadium construction. It’s now in front of Schollmaier Arena.
Frog Alley is open three hours before kickoff (11:30 a.m.) with the team arriving for the “Frog Walk” 2.5 hours before (noon). The marching band will perform one hour before kickoff (1:30 p.m.).
Game Day Facts and Figures:
ABOUT THE GAME
- No. 25 TCU will close the nonconference portion of its schedule when it hosts SMU on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the 99th meeting between the schools.
- The Horned Frogs have the Big 12’s longest active winning streak at five games, a run that is tied for seventh nationally.
- TCU has opened its season with a 2-0 record for the 12th time in 19 seasons under Patterson. The Horned Frogs are looking to go 3-0 for the 10th time in the Patterson era.
- Four SMU coaches, including head coach Sonny Dykes, either played at TCU or were on staff with the Horned Frogs under Patterson.
- Patterson is 15-2 as a head coach versus SMU and 2-0 against Dykes. Prior to last year’s 42-12 victory in Dallas, the Horned Frogs and Patterson defeated Dykes’ Louisiana Tech team 31-24 in the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl.
- TCU is second nationally in total defense, allowing just 209.5 yards per game. The Horned Frogs have forced a 3-and-out on 60.0 percent (18-of-30) of opponent series.
HOME SWEET HOME
- Dating back to last season, TCU has a three-game home winning streak.
- The Horned Frogs are 87-21 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in 19 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson.
- TCU has posted an undefeated home record in three of the last five seasons.
- The Horned Frogs hold a 51-40-7 edge over the Mustangs in a series that began with a 43-0 TCU win in Fort Worth in 1915.
- TCU has won 11 of the last 12 games and 17 of 19 with SMU.
- The Horned Frogs are 28-18-5 versus the Mustangs in Fort Worth and 23-22-2 in Dallas.
- SMU is TCU’s second-most played series. The Horned Frogs’ 98 meetings with the Mustangs trail only Baylor (114).
- Other than the two seasons (1987-88) SMU did not field a team, the 2006 campaign represented the only time the Horned Frogs and Mustangs have not met since 1925.
- TCU offensive analyst Rusty Burns, in his 11th season with the program, was SMU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2004-07.
- SMU head coach Sonny Dykes was an offensive analyst for TCU in 2017, prior to taking the Mustangs’ head coach position.
- SMU wide receivers coach David Gru was also an offensive analyst with the Horned Frogs in 2017.
- SMU safeties coach Trey Haverty was a TCU graduate assistant (2007-09) before serving as its safeties coach (2011) and wide receivers coach (2012).
- SMU running backs coach Chris Brasfield was a two-year letterman (1994-95) at wide receiver for the Horned Frogs.
- Over the last six seasons, TCU (49-19, 30-15) has the Big 12’s second-best overall and conference records.
- TCU is one of just six programs nationally to finish in the top 10 of the final polls at least three times (2014, 2015, 2017) in the last five seasons. The others are Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
- TCU has five 11-win seasons this decade, equaling the combined number of the 11 other FBS programs in the state.
- Gary Patterson’s 19 seasons as TCU’s head coach are more than the combined tenures of the 11 other FBS head coaches in the state of Texas.
- Patterson is the nation’s second-longest tenured head coach, trailing only Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz (21st year).
- Under Patterson, TCU has posted seven top-10 finishes and 11 in the top 25. The Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games in 11 of the last 17 seasons.
- Patterson has accounted for 25.9 percent (169 of 653) of TCU’s all-time football victories.
- The Horned Frogs have 50 freshmen (true and redshirt) on their 120-player roster.
- TCU is in the midst of a $100 million premium seating expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Completion will be in time for the 2020 season.