TCU vs SMU this is SMU’s biggest game on paper this season. Though TCU is not the say team that was attempting a national title run as they had a few years back, Coach Patterson has always put a descent team on the field. This year coming into this game TCU had the most efficient quarterback in college football, in Pachall.
But the big point of this game was to see if Garrett Gilbert could beat a stout defense in and SMU helemt? The answer simple put is no. He completed 15 of 40 passes for only 190 yds and threw for 5 interceptions. He looked nothing like the Garrett Gilbert I still brag about from the national championship game. He looked as you’d expect him to calm in the pocket seemingly waiting for the appropriate moment to strike and when he did would throw the ball behind the receiver or just eyeball the receiver the whole play making it easy for defenders to read him and make plays on the ball.
Now the one higlight for SMU is their defensive did play much better then I thought they would. Mustangs took the most efficient QB in college football and made him work for the win, I am sure the rainy conditions didn’t help as well. Nonetheless, Pachall threw 10 for 26 and 107 yds resulting in 2 TDs. Taking his average QB rating from the low 200’s down with a rating of 98.4 in this game.
The plays I saw of the SMU defense were very electric which may have been due to the rivalry atmosphere but they seemed more juiced about the game then their counter-parts on offense.
With Garrett Gilberts performance we’ll have to see what Coach June Jones does for the next game, which is against UTEP. Will he keep Gilbert, a Junior in that commanding QB spot against a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly after their week one scare of Oklahoma.