The Battle of the Iron Skillet: The story behind the historic rivalry

On Saturday, September 24th at 11 a.m., SMU will face off against TCU at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

SMU football players celebrating the victory over TCU.
SMU football players celebrating their victory over TCU.

It's that time of year again, Mustangs — Iron Skillet Week!

One of the longest-standing and most-heated college football rivalry matchups in Texas is upon us. Head Coach Rhett Lashlee leads the SMU Mustangs as they take on the TCU Horned Frogs on our home turf this Saturday, September 24th. The spirit and tradition runs deep, as students, alumni, families, faculty, staff and the surrounding community are all invited to the Boulevard for pre-game tailgating to cheer on the home team toward the next Iron Skillet victory. To get up to speed before the big game, brush up on a few highlights from this more-than-a-century-old rivalry!

The story behind this historic rivalry

In 2021, SMU and TCU played in their 100th matchup for the iron skillet. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram explains the history behind the game.

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Program covers from previous games

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Explore our interactive timeline of the historic rivalry between SMU and TCU.

Family weekend

SMU Family Weekend is a special event that provides an opportunity for parents to have fun and learn more about SMU while experiencing life on campus with their students. Join us on September 22nd and 23rd!

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