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:
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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.