2015 Record: 2-10
2016 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 3.5*
2016 Season Win Total Picks NCAA Football: 'Over'
Call me crazy, but I'm bullish on this team despite the fact that SMU has gone just 3-21 straight up over the past two seasons. I bet on SMU often last year, and I can tell you that, despite a couple disappointments among some big scores, this team is a lot more competitive than it seems.
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Just two years ago SMU fielded one of the worst college football teams of the decade. Their coach, June Jones, quit two games into the season, and they went 1-11. The Mustangs were outscored by an average of over 30 points per game while fielding an offense that used four different quarterbacks and scored just 11.1 (not a typo) points per outing.
Enter Chad Morris, the former Clemson offensive coordinator and one of the most sought-after coaches in football just two seasons ago. Morris was able to implement his systems pretty quickly in Dallas. And with 16 starters back this season, including improving quarterback Matt Davis, I think SMU is going to be a pretty spry underdog for most of this season.
If the Mustangs are going to make good on my optimism, their defense, which allowed nearly 46 points per game last year, will have to improve - quickly. SMU faces Baylor and TCU within the first month of the season and has dates with high-scoring Tulsa and Houston shortly thereafter.
But SMU has been on the right end of big turnarounds before. The Mustangs had gone 2-22 in 2007 and 2008 but then in 2009, June Jones' second season, they exploded for an eight-win season and their first bowl appearance in 25 years.
I don't know that I would predict eight wins for Morris in his second campaign. But I have no doubt that he knows what he is doing and that SMU is going to win at least three league games this season. In fact, I think that SMU will get to six wins and should earn itself a bowl invite. 5Dimes Sportsbook currently has SMU's season win total at 6.0 - compared to South Point's open of 3.5 - but the 'over' is paying out at a whopping +360. I would play SMU 'over' at anything between 3.5 and 5.5.
2016 SMU Mustangs Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Location Result
Sat, Sep 3rd, 2016 at North Texas 07:00 PM Apogee Stadium
Sat, Sep 10th, 2016 at Baylor 03:30 PM McLane Stadium
Sat, Sep 17th, 2016 Liberty 07:00 PM Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Sat, Sep 24th, 2016 TCU 08:00 PM Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Sat, Oct 1st, 2016 at Temple 12:00 PM Lincoln Financial Field
Fri, Oct 7th, 2016 at Tulsa 08:00 PM Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman S
Sat, Oct 22nd, 2016 Houston 01:00 PM Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Sat, Oct 29th, 2016 at Tulane 01:00 PM Benson Field at Yulman Stadium
Sat, Nov 5th, 2016 Memphis 01:00 PM Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Sat, Nov 12th, 2016 at East Carolina12:00 PM Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Sat, Nov 19th, 2016 South Florida 01:00 PM Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Sat, Nov 26th, 2016 Navy 01:00 PM Gerald J. Ford Stadium
All Times EST
*Season Win Total Odds from South Point Sportsbook.
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