If you've followed Funk Football for the past few months, you'll know how big of an SMU supporter I am. I like June Jones, I want to see the Mustangs succeed, and when the bowl schedule came out they were given no chance (+21) in the Hawaii Bowl against Nevada.
Well tonight "no chance" translated into a 45-10 win for the Mustangs who went from 1-11 in 2008 to 8-5 in 2009. June Jones' homecoming to Hawaii couldn't have been better, the once-proud Mustangs are back in the national spotlight, and things continue to free-fall for the WAC.
Heading into the game there was a lot of question marks surrounding Kyle Padron and the 2010 starting role for the Mustangs. After breaking a school record for passing yards, nonetheless doing it in a bowl game, it's going to be hard not to give him the nod.
I'll put it out there now. The Mustangs are going to contend for a Top 25 spot in 2010. Houston almost pulled it off this year as a Conference USA team, and SMU's schedule (which always includes rival TCU) will be tough enough to earn them a Top 25 spot.
Jones has recruited well in Texas, Padron looked Brennan-esque(460 yards passing), and if SMU can get some defense going in Dallas next year, expect them to be in the Liberty Bowl next year, representing Conference USA.