Well Sonny Dykes, we didn't say it would be easy. The Mustangs 2018 schedule is out and it ain't fun.
The TCU, Michigan, Navy, UCF run with Houston Baptist stuck between Navy and UCF is a test out of the gate. Then comes a three-game stretch with Tulane on the road, Cincy at home and a trip to Houston. SMU ends the season with a road trip to UConn a home date with Memphis, and a road trip to Tulsa. The Mustangs get a bye week between UCF and Tulane.
If SMU's going to a second straight bowl, their margin for error is slim. SMU is probably looking at a 1-3 start. The three-game stretch with Tulane, Cincy, and Houston is critical if Houston can go 2-1, they've got a shot to make up ground. The Mustangs needed a goal-line stand to beat Tulane in 2017 and overtime to beat Cincinnati.