1. SMU WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The Mustangs went into the final game of the regular season against Tulsa with a shot at bowl eligibility. It inexplicably lost to finish 5-7, and that was with a whole lot of concerns and various issues.
They couldn’t do anything on either side of the ball on third downs, they gave up too many sacks, they couldn’t control the clock, and special teams were just okay, and the defense failed time and again. This time around, being just a little bit sharper will make the difference in a winning campaign.
Texas transfer Shane Buechele is a solid veteran quarterback who should be terrific with James Proche and one of the AAC’s best receiving corps to work with.
The running backs are good, the line – as mediocre as it might be – is at least experienced, and there are more options and veterans to work with on the defensive side.
Which means there’s a chance this is way low …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 7
The first part of the season might be trickier than it seems. Going to Arkansas State isn’t a peach, and dealing with North Texas will be a shootout. But if the Mustangs are really that much better, they get through those two without a problem, and they take out Texas State before going to TCU.
They’ll lose to the Horned Frogs, and they’ll lose two of the three conference road games against USF, Houston and Memphis.
There will be one clunker when the machine doesn’t work – maybe late in the year against East Carolina – and one other loss along the way to be annoying, but it will still be a good enough campaign to get to seven wins and a bowl game for the second time in seven years.