Opponent Watch 2019: SMU

Ricker was an offensive analyst for the Coogs in 2016

Williams was previously committed to Minnesota but backed out of his verbal pledge in December.

At 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, Williams is ranked as the No. 9 junior college cornerback in the country, per 247Sports Composite.

Someone poach Dykes!

Looks like Shane Buchele is going to SMU

So he won’t play until 2020?

No, he’ll play this next season as a grad transfer.

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SMU Mustangs

Head coach : Sonny Dykes (5-8, second year)

2018 record and S&P+ ranking : 5-7 (93rd)

Projected 2019 record and S&P+ ranking : 6-6 (85th)

Five key points :

1. SMU looked like a Dykes team aesthetically — fast tempo, lots of passing, etc. — but boasted a wrinkle: pretty good defense, bad offense.
2. The line, equal parts banged up and young, was a major source of struggle. Maybe that won’t be an issue now?
3. The Mustangs bounced between two QBs and, despite Ben Hicks’ transfer, might do so again. Hicks is out, Texas’ Sam Buechele is in. He has to beat out William Brown.
4. Coordinator Kevin Kane did outstanding things with a young defense, and now he’s got more experience everywhere but safety. The front seven is deep and diverse.
5. SMU is favored in six games and a slight underdog in four others. That should be enough to get back to bowl eligibility, even if bigger goals are probably unreachable for now.

Jones, a redshirt freshman from Mansfield, Texas, was a much-ballyhooed part of NU’s 2018 recruiting class. Jones redshirted his first season at Nebraska after a shoulder injury kept him out of many practices and every game.

Outlook: The Mustangs should see more consistency on offense after experiencing the growing pains that come with installing a new system. The addition of Buechele could make up for the loss of Ben Hicks, who left to reunite with former SMU coach Chad Morris at Arkansas.

SMU was second in the AAC in turnover margin last season after giving up the ball just 15 times. The Mustangs will likely be on the bubble as they push to clinch a winning season and must continue to avoid turnovers against a schedule that features eight bowl-eligible teams from last season.

##### 2019 Schedule

Aug. 31 at Arkansas State

Sept. 7 North Texas

Sept. 14 Texas State

Sept. 21 at TCU

Sept. 28 at USF

Oct. 5 Tulsa

Oct. 19 Temple

Oct. 24 at Houston

Nov. 2 at Memphis

Nov. 9 East Carolina

Nov. 23 at Navy

Nov. 30 Tulane

Michigan’s defensive guru Don Brown and his assortment of four and five-star talent stopped a lot of great players in 2018. They couldn’t stop James Proche. The DeSoto product torched Michigan in the Big House with 11 catches, 166 yards, and two scores. The Wolverines won the game, but they never solved Proche.

Against New Year’s Six Participant UCF, Proche added 12 catches and 100 yards. He put a cherry on top of 2018 with a combined 23 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns in the final two games (Memphis and Tulsa).

All told the rising senior caught 93 balls in 2018, best on the team, made First Team All-AAC, and flirted with turning pro. You couldn’t blame him. Proche showed pro-skills last season, his first outside the rather sizeable shadow of Courtland Sutton as well as Trey Quinn. The third option became the first option and the security blanket for SMU quarterbacks.

I don’t see SMU winning many games this year…

opponent watch?? They only thing i intend to watch regarding SMU is Houston kick their ass when we play them this year…God i hate those rich, preppie ******s!!!


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They’re updating this all week.

SMU losing coaches. DL Coach Brett Diersen heads to Temple, Joyner is promoted, and UH Alum Rashad Samples is the new WR Coach there.