The 2012 SMU Mustangs are coming off one of their most succsessufll seasons since the death penalty back in 1987. In the time since June Jones took over, it has been a steady climb up the ladder and are looking to continue that trend with the move to the Big East in 2013. SMU would love nothing more to come out and win the Conference USA title on their way out the door. And this may be the best chance SMU has to actually get close to that goal this year.
At Baylor– SMU opens their season on the road down in Waco against the Baylor Bears, much like with TCU last year, this game will fall on a Sunday night and will be in primetime. This will be the first chance for SMU to showcase their season and get it off on a winning foot. This will also be year one without “RGIII” in Waco, so expect this game to come down to the wire, but I think SMU finds a way to sneak out a victory in Waco.
Stephen F. Austin– The Mustangs will open the season at home against the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin and this game should be fairly easy for SMU. They will have confidence after beating Baylor, but this could be a trap because the next week they will have Texas A&M at home. SMU should win and get the starters some rest late as they prepare for the Aggies to invade Ford Stadium.
Texas A&M– SMU will welcome Texas A&M to Dallas and have revenge on their mind after the thumping at the hands of the Aggies. While the Mustangs probably won’t win this game, I think SMU will keep it a lot closer this year and give the Aggies a good scare. SMU hasn’t beaten Texas A&M since 1984, but could come close and set up for the next meeting to be the one they finally win.
TCU– After losing to Texas A&M, SMU looks to right the ship against another old SWC foe this season. The battle for the Iron Skillet will take place in Dallas this year and SMU looks to retain the skillet for multiple years for the first time in a long a long time. This game will be everybit exciting as last years, but TCU will have a chip on their shoulder after last year. SMU wins a nother tightly contested battle and gets back on the winning track going into Conference USA play.
At UTEP– Last time SMU won in the Sun Bowl was in 2002, but this year the Mustangs will be searching to get a victory on the road in El Paso. The Musangs will be looking to get back on the winning path after a tough loss to A&M. I see Mustangs winning this game pretty easilly. After this game they will be making their first trip outside of Texas all year.
At Tulane– This will be the first game for SMU outside of the Texas borders all season and SMU has won 3 straight over the Green Wave. SMU will make this 4 straight and will come back home with a nice victory in New Orleans.
Houston– SMU has lost 6 straight to the Cougars, but this year SMU has them at home and are in position to finally get a win. Houston will be tough, but they are nowhere near as good as last season. SMU should get a win, even if it is a close one.
Memphis– SMU should have a win here, but could be a trap game if the Mustangs over look Memphis.
At UCF- The visiting team has lost the last 3 games of this series, but the Mustangs look to have more experience and are the better team this year. Mustangs win in Orlando, and for the last time this season, the Mustangs will finish their season in Texas.
Southern Miss– SMU has never beaten Southern Miss, but this year the Mustangs get that elusive victory at home. This will be a victory that will put the Mustangs in the driver’s seat of the Conference USA West.
At Rice– the Mustangs will look to extend their win streak against the Owls to 4 straight. This should be an easy victory. Mustangs will march into the final game of the year at home with a chance to clinch the division.
Tulsa– The home team in this series is 8-2 in the last 10, and SMU is 8-3 in season finales at home since 2001. Both those get a notch in the win column as SMU clinches the C-USA west championship and a spot to host the C-USA championship game.
SMU will end the regular season at 9-3(6-2) and have a chance to win the Conference USA championship on their home field against the Central Florida Golden Knights. After winning the Conference championship, the Mustangs will accept a bid to the Ticket city Bowl at the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. This will go down as one of the most successful seasons for SMU and will give the team confidence moving to the Big East next season.