We're just over halfway through the season, and it's probably a good time to take a look at how the Mustangs have fared through seven games.
The Road so far
The Mustangs are 5-2. The two losses came to Houston on the road and TCU in Fort Worth. TCU might be a playoff team so that can be forgiven. The Mustangs put up tons of yardage on Houston, but couldn't overcome their mistakes.
Regarding wins, the Mustangs best might be Arkansas State. SMU's schedule is incredibly backloaded, so wins over UConn and Cincy are great and all, but nothing to write home about. SMU opened by blowing the doors off SFA and then methodically taking apart North Texas.
The Road Ahead
Did we mention the Mustang schedule is backloaded? Tulsa is critical on Friday night because the next four are all incredibly difficult. SMU faces Central Florida, Navy, Memphis, and Tulane. That's the AAC version of murderers row. Navy and Memphis are on the road. Seven wins might be the ceiling, if the Mustangs get to eight, that's huge.
We thought SMU's skill talent was elite and we were right. Good for us. Courtland Sutton is still the headliner, but Trey Quinn has given Ben Hicks a security blanket that he's needed. He and Xavier Jones are probably neck and neck for best new addition. Jones missed last season with a knee injury, and Quinn sat out after transferring from SMU, both are significant contributors. Talented players like James Proche, Braeden West, and Ke'Mon Freeman are still productive if in lesser roles than anticipated. The skill room on the Hilltop is overflowing.
First Half MVP
The last three weeks swayed us; Trey Quinn gets the nod. His afternoon vs. Cincinnati was transformative. Ten of Quinn's seventeen catches went for first downs including the play of the game, a fourth down catch in overtime that saved SMU's bacon. He's on a historic three-game run of fifteen catches or more, and he's not just a possession target, Quinn can take the ball to the house.
In Ben Hicks first four games he completed 48% of his passes. In his last three games, Hicks is completing 71% of his passes.