A bit of a sportsy morning, sure, but it's hard to resist pointing out this lengthy New York Times sneak peek at Your SMU Mustangs
, which are ranked No. 102 on The Quad blog's countdown to the top college team in the country pre-season. Last year, The Quad aimed a little too high based on the hire of June Jones, putting the Mustangs at No. 107 till finally dropping them back to No. 119, which'll happen when you're but a one-win team. Ah, but this year'll be different. Has
to be. Writes Paul Myerberg:
I'm still not ready to anoint S.M.U. capable of making a bowl appearance, but I am confident we'll see a much better on-field product in Jones's second season. To take a monumental step forward, the team would need to make significant improvements in their ball control and on defense, two areas where I remain skeptical of S.M.U.'s abilities. Still, there is good reason to predict anywhere from three to five wins in 2009.