In the designated “Battle of the Iron Skillet” game, No. 16 TCU (1-0) travels to take on in-state rival SMU (0-1) on Friday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including all the ESPN channels. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
ESPN and ESPN 2 are both included in the “Sling Orange” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Additionally, you can also watch a live stream of the game on your computer via ESPN.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the ESPN app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the ESPN digital platforms.
The Horned Frogs’ high powered offense looked to be in mid-season form last week after a 55-7 thumping of Southern. Quarterback Shane Robinson led the charge with 187 yards and three touchdowns, and an additional 45 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
This doesn’t bode well for the Mustangs’ defense. SMU allowed 539 total yards of offense last week in a loss to Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent North Texas, including 36 unanswered points to begin the game.
TCU has a date with current No. 4 Ohio State in Arlington, Texas next week before starting Big 12 conference play the following Saturday (September 22) at Texas. The first priority on the head coach Gary Patterson and the rest of the Horned Frogs’ agenda is not falling short in a trap game against SMU this week.
Patterson spoke about the Southern win and preparing for SMU:
“We did what we needed to do. We only played 50-something plays of defense, so we’re not as banged up in getting ready for a Friday ballgame (against SMU).”
“We have an SMU team that is going to be better. They know a lot about us, so we need to get ready to play.”
The Mustangs put up a disappointing performance in the regular-season debut of head coach Sonny Dykes, who previously worked as an offensive analyst for TCU in 2017, and as head coach of University of California, Berkeley (2013-16) and Louisiana Tech (2010-12). Dykes’ attributed the poor play of the Mustangs’ defense last week to being on the field too much; the offense only possessed the ball 15:47 in total.
TCU leads the all-time series between the two programs 50-40-7. The 97 meetings against SMU are the second-most for TCU; Baylor has the most against TCU with 113 total.