Posts Tagged ‘smu football’

SMU Bounces Back

Posted by    |    November 7th, 2011 at 11:07 am

Six games into the season, SMU was sittin pretty at 5-1 and a win against rival TCU. And the win wasn’t a fluke; SMU deserved it. The miniature horses looked the best they had in 25 years. And then came the collapse. SMU lost in consecutive weeks to Southern Miss and Tulsa, in games where SMU didn’t look sharp at all. Wide open passes were missed, defensive players whiffed, and I was pissed.

This week, however, SMU turned it around against an admittidly horrible Tulane team. Having graduated from Tulane, I can tell you that the average attendance for a football game is 15 drunk students and 35 swamp people.  Tulane also doesn’t have a coach, so their game plan consists of running around and doin stuff.  The Green Wave’s QB, Griffin, is actually a quality player, considering who he has around him.  A 12 TD, 7 INT ratio and a QB rating of 127 is impressive, which was evident when they somehow scored 24 points in the third quarter (after they sobered up), only to get drunk again before the fourth quarter and not score a point.

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New Quarterback for SMU

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2011 at 10:02 am

Four passes into the game against the Aggies, June Jones had replaced Kyle Padron–the starter for two years–and replaced him with JJ McDermott.  JJ is a senior, and is the player Padron replaced two games into the season back in 2007.  As I have so eloquently stated at least once,  Padron has a tendency to stare down receivers, not go through his progressions, and force passes.  SMU *cough June Jones cough* also tends to rely on a passing attack when the passing attack isn’t working.  Zach Line did about as good as any running back is going to do against the Aggies this year (128 total yards and almost 6 yards a carry), and pretty much dominated in the first half of the game.  Yet instead of pushing through a tough second half (the Aggies had clamped down on the run game) with a running attack that would keep more Aggie defenders in the box, SMU seemed to panic and go to a pass only  first offense. (more…)

SMU Starts to Push for a BCS Conference Spot

Posted by    |    August 25th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

The Dallas Morning News has reported that SMU is officially pushing for a spot in a BCS conference. The Big 12 obviously makes the most sense, and is probably the only major conference that would take SMU. I doubt it will happen for at least a year, though, as A&M has failed miserably in its attempts to leave the conference to go lose more games per year in another one. It should be an interesting year or two for SMU, especially if they keep winning.

Reflecting on SMU’s Bowl Game

Posted by    |    January 4th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I didn’t write a preview for the SMU-Army game because it would have been boring, and I didn’t write a review immediately after the game because I was pissed.  I have finally had the urge to discuss the game, and I wanted to do it by writing out the first thing that came to mind.  None of this article has been planned out (or really thought out), so I will dub this my first ever mouth-diarrhea game reflection.

In my preview [which I didn't write] I would have said- “don’t worry about it all you SMU fans…Army can’t defend at all, and the only think they can do on offense is run it…which is what SMU defends against the best.”  I was right, except I obviously missed a few caveats.

First: Even when an opponent can’t defend, you can still make them look good by shooting yourself in the foot, then finding your other foot and shooting that one too.

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SMU Futbol v. SMU Football

Posted by    |    October 27th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Each team had season-defining games last weekend.  I have some good news and some bad news.

First, the good.  The men’s soccer team (now ranked #5 nationally) beat #17 Tulsa and Memphis last week, vaulting them to the top of C-USA and proving that they are one of the elite teams in the country.  Everyone seems to be talking about the football team’s turnaround, but the futbol team’s rise to the top is just as interesting.

Here’s a quick bed-time story for the children: SMU was ranked #1 in the country in 2006, and entered the NCAA tournament with national title hopes.  SMU’s hopes were dashed, but they came back strong in 2007, again reaching a #1 ranking mid-season and a #5 ranking by the time the season was over.  The next two years did not go as well, as the team ended each year unranked, with records of 10-6-2 in 2008 and 6-8-2 in 2009. (more…)