It’s been an interesting (slightly inactive) football season so far for The Stable.
Personally, I’m getting ready to wake up in the morning to go cover my first ever MLB postseason game as a member of The Dallas Morning News as the Texas Rangers begin their much anticipated rematch with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jesse Carr has been off getting engaged, getting married, and an entire basket of other adult-life commitments.
But we’ve done the best we can (at least on Twitter) to keep The Stable’s voice alive during the early portion of the football season.
Last week, SMU…struggled…during its 45-20 loss in their conference opener in Philadelphia vs. Temple.
— The Stable (@TheStableSports) October 1, 2016
But thinking about where this team was last year (2-10) and where they are this year (2-3), I’m determined to try and stay as positive about things as possible – as difficult as every Ben Hicks red zone interception may make it. That being said, in the latest AAC Blogger Media Poll rankings, even I dropped the Mustangs to the bottom of the conference making the vote unanimous.
|1||Houston* (5-0; 2-0)|
|2||USF* (4-1; 1-0)|
|3||Memphis (3-1; 0-0)|
|4||Navy (3-1; 2-1)|
|5||Tulsa (3-1; 0-0)|
|6||Cincinnati (3-2; 0-2)|
|7||Temple (3-2; 1-0)|
|8||UCF (3-2; 1-0)|
|9||East Carolina (2-3; 0-1)|
|10||Tulane (3-2; 0-1)|
|11||UConn (2-3; 0-2)|
* – Unanimous rankings
Hayden’s ballot: 1. Houston 2. USF 3. Memphis 4. Navy 5. Cincy 6. Tulsa 7. Temple 8. UCF 9. ECU 10. Tulane 11. UConn 12. SMU
This week, SMU takes on Tulsa, a team whose three wins have come against less than reputable competition. So, this game is (as long as Ben Hicks regulates his turnover ratio just a smidge in our direction) still a toss up as far as I’m concerned.
The ultimate goal this season for SMU should be bowl eligibility, and when you consider the Mustangs’ first five matchups that included Baylor, TCU, and one half of the AAC conference championship game last year (Temple) – SMU got the two wins it absolutely had to if they wanted to achieve that goal.
A win Friday night gets them halfway there, and gives them six games left on the season to pick up the other three…here’s hoping.
Following in the footsteps of the football team’s helmets that featured the Dallas skyline in honor of D-FW first responders, the new SMU basketball unis appear to have a similar flair thanks to a sneak preview from SMU assistant Jay Duncan.