Posts Tagged ‘Mustangs’

What Fans Will Miss With the Departure of A&M From the Big 12 Conference: Part One

Posted by    |    December 1st, 2011 at 2:40 am

With the last game between Texas and Texas A&M behind us, the burnt orange tinted staff at YouPlusMedia decided to stroll through memory lane about what we will miss about Texas A&M.    In this instance, we take you back to a game between Texas A&M and SMU on October 31, 1981.

Led by Lance McIlhenny, Eric Dickerson, and Craig James, the highly regarded Mustangs beat the Aggies that year, 27-7. SMU finished the season 10-1 while A&M’s record was a rather pedestrian 7-5.  During the course of the game, SMU scored a touchdown, and the Mustangs’ cheerleaders ran onto the field to spell out “S-M-U”.  Now while most cadets were certainly outraged to see an opponent desecrate Kyle Field, one particular cadet decided to take the matter into his own hands.  He kicked the cheerleader and then pulled his sabre on him.  Happily, another SMU cheerleader took care of the situation.  Rivalries are so fun, and the Aggies add a certain flair to football rivalries that will be missed by some.

SMU – TCU Preview

Posted by    |    September 29th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

This weekend the fightin’ hilltoppery-miniature-pony-horsemen are ready for the horny-frog-toadsmen in what will likely be the defining game in SMU’s multi-year comeback.  Both teams are a pretty predictable 3-1 (more on that in a second), with a loss against a legitimately good team and three wins against legitimately bad ones.  Since neither team is very far into their seasons, my predictions are still kind of a shot in the dark.

Both SMU’s and TCU’s offenses are very good, but not great.  I give the edge to TCU simply because they were able to put up 48 on Baylor.  SMU put up only 14 on a team they should have put up 21 to 27 on.  Since then, though, the offense has rarely missed an opportunity to score, even though they were against bad teams.  TCU has played two absolutely atrocious teams and Air Force (the flying-lightning-bolt-rod-strikes always put up a fight) since Baylor, and TCU has looked impressive in every one. On Baylor: I wasn’t surprised.  Baylor was way underated and TCU was back for their first game with a new qb and some depth lost.

SMU has played three pretty bad teams since A&M, and dominated them all.  If either team was more prepared for this game, I would have to hand it to SMU simply because they played the much better team in A&M and have simply obliterated the last two teams.  Zach Line (rb) has been very impressive and if TCU cannot effectively stop him, he will be the game breaker.  Against Baylor, TCU allowed something like 5 yards a carry and 120 yards against a pass-heavy team, and against Air Force, who prefers the run, TCU gave up 249 total rushing yards.  I can see the pass opening up a couple big runs for Line in this game.  BUT TCU is at home.  The offensive edge is a toss-up.

The defenses are evenly matched, but I also give the slight edge to TCU.  SMU’s offense, though good, is not nearly as dynamic as the baylor offense and just about as good as the Baylor defense.  TCU also has a deeper team, which will help them in the 3rd and 4th quarters.  At this point, though, it is hard to tell who has the better defense between the two of them because both were pretty much owned by the high-caliber offenses they have faced.  The only TCU game I have watched was against Baylor, and I have watched almost every SMU game this season.  All I can say is that about half the time a long pass goes out, I facepalm at the decision-making or play of the cornerbacks and safeties of SMU and TCU (Griffin averaged over 13 yards per pass!).  Special teams I also give the edge to TCU simply because SMU always makes a stupid special teams mistake in a big game. If SMU wins this game, it will signal that we are back as a second-tier team.  If not, well then we still have a year more before we are truly back.

Optimistic score:  SMU-31, TCU-28

Realistic prediction: TCU-35, SMU-21

And a block by Margus Hunt.

SMU: Good at Beating Bad Teams

Posted by    |    October 6th, 2010 at 9:50 am

The Mustangs continued their dominance over powerhouse bad teams by beating the Rice Owls 42-31 last Saturday.  The Mustangs put in similar performances earlier this year against BCS busters third-tier teams UAB and Washington State.  Unfortunately, SMU still struggles against the likes of Texas Tech, TCU, and (going back to last year) Houston and Navy.  That Marshall loss still hurts, by the way.

How does SMU go from dominating bad teams to dominating mediocre teams, you ask?  The resurrection of SMU after the death penalty essentially comes down to one thing: June Jones.  It was a rapid rise that probably could have happened 10 years ago, in fact.  But June Jones wasn’t hired 10 years ago.  So what about June Jones is so special? (You ask so many questions! Dang you’re curious!)  Primarily, his ability to recruit athletes that fit his scheme and he can “coach up.” (more…)

Battle for the Iron Skillet

Posted by    |    September 28th, 2010 at 10:32 am

In third grade, my eight-year old self thought it was a great idea to catch frogs from a nearby pond, and create a milk-carton habitat for them in my basement. After leaving the frogs unattended overnight, I returned to their plastic home to find that they all had died. This incident led to my repulsion of the web-toed amphibians, and I still hold distaste for all types of frogs — especially horned ones. A recent SMU grad, my veins elicit Harvard Red and Yale Blue blood, and I am ready to see Coach Jones’s team take on their rivals. The coveted Iron Skilled has been on loan to TCU’s Horned Frogs since the Mustang’s last win in 2005.
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Pre-Game

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Steve Jolley of SMU Athletics is stoked for tonight. “It’s going to be a beast,” he said of the TCU vs SMU game. “[TCU] is the highest ranked team to ever be in Ford Stadium.” All week, SMU students have been encouraged to “Red Out” the stadium and “Fill the Ford” in preparation for the Horned Frogs leaping on campus.

This season, SMU has won home games against UAB and Pac-10 team Washington State. Coach June Jones has pumped up Sophomore Quarterback Kyle Padron’s throwing arm to repeat his stellar performance from the Hawaii Bowl vs UNLV.

The boulevard opens at 3pm, and we suggest getting there early to park. Not only is this the biggest game Ford Stadium will see this year, it’s also SMU’s Parents Weekend, so prepare yourself for traffic moving slower than a snail stuck in molasses during a time warp. DFW, this is a showdown.

TCU vs. SMU is at 7pm tonight in Ford Stadium