Biggest strength: SMU brings back almost everybody on an offense that began to find major traction late last year. Add a four-star transfer, and you’ve got one of the best offenses in the AAC.
Biggest question mark: Can the run defense avoid falling apart with turnover at defensive tackle? Can the defense a whole avoid the depth issues that led to a late-season collapse?
Biggest 2017 game: Tulsa comes to town on Oct. 26, and that game could define SMU’s role in either bowl projections or the AAC West title. It should also feature about 100 points.
Summary: Chad Morris has at least doubled SMU’s win total in each of his first two seasons in Dallas, and his Mustangs should be situated for further improvement this fall (though another doubling of wins probably isn’t in the cards).