Mayors place bet on SMU-TCU game

Mayors place bet on SMU-TCU game

The Iron Skillet trophy won’t be the only token of pride at stake when TCU football faces cross-town rival SMU.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings have agreed to wager on the outcome of Saturday’s matchup.

But this time, it’s not money up for grabs. It’s food.

According a press release, the losing mayor will have to bring a catered lunch to the winning mayor’s city council. If the Mustangs beat the Frogs, Price agreed to deliver Joe T. Garcia’s and if the Frogs beat the Mustangs, Rawlings will bring food from Pecan Lodge to Fort Worth.

“It’s always fun to add a little more to our old Iron Skillet rivalry, and Mike and I have no qualms about razzing each other over football,” Price said.

Rawlings said in the release that although TCU is the favorite, the Mustangs are “poised for victory.”

Founded in 1935, Joe T. Garcia’s has established itself as one of the most popular restaurants in Fort Worth.  It won the James Beard Foundation Award in 1998.


Pecan Lodge, owned by Justin Fourton, has been serving barbeque to Dallas residents since 2010. It was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” in 2012.  

The Iron Skillet rivalry began in 1915.  Each year, the winner gets to keep a trophy until the next meeting.

The Horned Frogs own a 45-40-7 record over the Mustangs. TCU has won five of the past six meetings, including 11 of the last 13. The rivalry is set to continue through the 2017 season.

Price said although TCU may not having its starting quarterback, she has just three words for Mayor Rawlings – “Fear…the…Frog!”