SMU will enter each game with the mindset that they need to score and keep scoring until the final whistle. That worked in most of their games last season and will most likely work again this season. The Mustangs return seven starters on offense and will be led by senior Quarterback Shane Buechele. Four starters return on the Offensive Line which will bode well for Sophomore Running Back TJ McDaniel. McDaniel had some strong games last season but will need to do it for an entire season in 2020. Senior Wide Receiver Reggie Roberson, Jr. will be the top playmaker on offense and will get assistance from several young talented wideouts including sophomore Rashee Rice and freshman Calvin Wiggins. SMU only returns six starters on Defense and will have some questions to answer up front as junior Defensive End Turner Coxe is the only returning starter on the Defensive Line. The Linebacking Corps is loaded with three seniors back while the Secondary is strong up front with both Cornerbacks returning. The Safety position is a question mark with several veterans jockeying for playing time. Special Teams will need to improve in 2020 if the Mustangs are going to win double digit games again. Senior Punter Trevor Denbow is back but the Kicking Position is up in the air. The Mustangs missed seven PATs last season and three field goals inside thirty yards so sophomore Kicker Russell Roberts better not have a slow start or his job may be in jeopardy. The schedule sets up very nicely for the Mustangs. They should be able to compete for the a spot in the AAC Championship game as long as they can remain healthy. I predict SMU to go 9-4 this season with their losses coming in shootouts where they are simply outscored.

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