Patterson, TCU set to face SMU tonight

DALLAS (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson always views SMU as one of those 50-50 games, even though the No. 16 Horned Frogs have pretty much dominated the series since the end of the old Southwest Conference.

“I call it that for the simple reason it’s a rivalry game,” Patterson said. “Everybody comes with emotion.”

After opening with a lopsided victory over FCS team Southern University, TCU will travel about 40 miles to the other side of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to play SMU (0-1) tonight. During that short trip, the Horned Frogs will ride by the home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys where they play No. 4 Ohio State the following week, though they insist they are not looking ahead.

“You can’t do that, because that’s when SMU beats you,” TCU defensive end Ty Summers said. “They always give us their best shot.”

TCU has won 16 of the last 18 meetings, though the two losses stand out. The Frogs were coming off a season-opening win at No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005 when they lost at SMU — their only loss all season. In 2011, the Mustangs won in overtime at TCU, which went on to an undefeated Mountain West Conference title as part of a 12-game winning streak into the following season.