I'm happy to introduce SMU's new era under Chad Morris, which currently sits at 1-8. Aside from the record, the team has been competitive, played with fire and has actually been exciting to watch this year outside of the team's loss to USF. Morris inherited a roster where over 55 percent of the roster did not have another Division 1 offer coming out of high school. SMU is at a talent disadvantage everytime it steps on the field, but they fight and that's why there's hope.
Morris has brought in accountability as well as his up-tempo offense that is still developing. Matt Davis has taken major strides under Morris' guidance at quarterback, but has been turnover prone at times. Davis has wide receiver Courtland Sutton to go to in the passing game. He's a tough matchup problem at 6-4, 215 pounds. He can win almost any ball down the field or at least draw pass interference. This offense though, is built on the power run game, led by freshmen Xavier Jones and Braeden West. Both are coming off solid games and West is really developing into a weapon in the return game. If the line can come out with nastiness like the fans saw early in the year, SMU will rely on its ground game to open up the passing game.
Defensively, SMU has really struggled adjusting to Van Malone's new scheme and the injury bug hit hard last week as two playmakers in Kyran Mitchell and Horace Richardson were lost for the season. The line has been run all over and dual-threat spread quarterbacks have had a field day on the team for most of the season. The team stepped up against Temple for the most part, but still couldn't get it done. The team was left in some tough spots by the offense though. There's been improvement, but with Keenan Reynolds running the show so well for Navy, I'm worried about SMU's defense this week.
Morris will have this thing rolling one day. He's been phenomenal on the trail and the staff has breathed life into the program. They just haven't truly learned how to win yet. If SMU limits turnovers and forces a couple, they've got a shot here, but I think Navy runs all over them. Should be exciting at least. SMU has scored on a halfback pass twice already this season so watch for trickeration and an offense that will go fast.
SMU loses, 45-21