TCU at SMU College Football Preview
Lenny Del Genio offerssports betting tipsat Vegas Experts.Non-traditional Texas football powers, past and present, collide Friday night in Dallas when fourth-ranked TCU plays a dangerous road game against upstart SMU. More than just the "Iron Skillet" (goes tothe winning team annually) is on the line here as the Horned Frogs are seeking an unbeaten regularseason and BCS Title Game berth. They come in as decided road favorites on thebetting line, laying asmany as 17.5 points at some offshore sportsbooks.This is the fourth straight year these schools will meet. TCU has won the previous three, all by double-digits, but is just 1-2 ATS in those games having been favored by 28 last year (W 39-14) and 23 in 2007(W 21-7). In their last visit to Dallas, two years ago, they completely buried the Mustangs 48-7 as 24-point favorites in HC June Jones first season. This is the final non-conference game for both teams.In last year's 25-point win, TCU's Jeremy Kerley returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown, the school'sfirst punt return for a TD in seven seasons. SMU did jump out to a 7-0 lead before allowing 25unanswered points. The Mustangs' 224 total yards marked their lowest offensive output of the entireseason.The Horned Frogs have yet to leave the Lone Star State this season, having opened their season with ahard fought 30-21 win over Oregon State at Cowboys Stadium. They did not cover as 13.5-point chalk onthebetting line. Since that time, they've been very impressive in routs of Tennessee Tech (62-7) andBaylor (45-10). QB Dalton was very impressive last week vs. a Baylor team many thought could give TCUa dog fight as he completed his first 11 passes and finished 21 of 23 for 267 yards and two touchdownsas the offense scored touchdowns on each of its first five drives.SMU has been a real nice story under HC Jones and continues to improve. Last season ended with theprogram's first bowl appearance since being hit with the "Death Penalty" in 1984, a 45-10 outright winover Nevada as 12-point underdogs in the Hawaii Bowl. The Mustangs ended a 17-game losing streak toBCS schools last week with a 35-21 win over Washington State here at home. They did not cover as huge23.5-point favorites. That 17-game losing skid went all the way back to the 2000 season. QB Kyle Pardonthrew for 280 yards and four touchdowns - three to Aldrick Robinson - and ran for a fifth for theMustangs, who scored 21 straight second-half points to snap a 14-14 tie.Pardon has at least two touchdown passes in all three games and eight overall. The sophomore has notthrown an interception in SMU's two wins after being picked off three times in its 35-27 season-openingloss to Texas Tech as 12.5-point underdogs. Jones' team is a greatcollege football pick, when gettingpoints, going an outstanding 8-1 ATS the last nine times they've been an underdog. They have notbeaten a ranked opponent outright since beating TCU, 21-10, as 14-point home pups back in 2005.