Updated: Sep 5
The Mustangs have hit the road as they kick off the 2020 season against Texas State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. Last year, the Mustangs finished third in the American Athletic Conference West Division.
SMU has won three of its last four season openers, which include two road games: North Texas in 2016 and last year at Arkansas State. This will be the third time SMU and Texas State have met up, and the first in San Marcos. The Mustangs defeated the Bobcats in 2019 and 2008, and will hopefully do the same this year.
According to CBS Sports, the Mustangs are 22.5-points favorites in the latest SMU vs. Texas State odds. SMU has the games covered against the Bobcats with their experienced quarterback Shane Buechele. He completed 307-of-490 passes last year. Buechele has already made numerous watch lists including Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Manning Award and Wuerffel Trophy.
LAST TIME VS. TEXAS STATE
The Mustangs started the season 3-0 for the first time since 1984. The Ponies opened this year with wins over Arkansas State, 37-30, and North Texas, 49-27.
Buechele was 14-of-18 passing for 219 yards, but also had two interceptions. McDaniel had just eight carries with his longest being 48 yards. Xavier Jones added 108 yards and one score on 20 carries.
The Mustangs took the opening kickoff and drove 74 yards for the score when Buechele hit James Proche from the 4. They added a field goal and another touchdown to go up 13-0 at the half. Jones and McDaniel had a TD apiece in the third to go ahead 27-3 before the Bobcats would cross the goal line.
SMU amassed 639 yards while limiting the Bobcats to 241 total yards. Gresch Jensen threw for 285 yards and one score for Texas State (0-3).