SMU has won the Iron Skillet only twice in the Gary Patterson era. Both times, TCU was ranked and heavily favored: 2011, when the Frogs were coming off a Rose Bowl victory, and 2005, when the Frogs would finish with just that lone defeat.
So Texas Christian should be safe Saturday in Fort Worth. The Frogs most definitely are not ranked.
TCU has suffered through a disappointing start to the season. The Frogs are 1-2, with an expected loss to LSU but a discouraging defeat at Texas Tech. Plus, quarterback Casey Pachall is sidelined by injury, defensive end Devonte Fields was at first suspended and now is injured (foot) and TCU looks far from the Big 12 contender we expected it to be.
And Patterson is even blaming himself and his coaching staff for some of the problems on offense.
“It's one thing about stepping up; the other thing is putting them in situations,” Patterson said. “We felt like maybe we were throwing some balls into situations where we had guys who had not been making plays. We've got to get guys who can make plays when we need to have a throw and we need to make the catch.”