Notables: SMU at Memphis Preview

What do the Mustangs have to do to win their first conference road game?

SMU (2-1) at Memphis (1-2), 11 a.m. on FSN

What you need to know:

-According to June Jones, Memphis has "the best running game we've seen since A&M." He even went as far as comparing Tigers wide receiver-turned-running back Billy Foster to Cyrus Gray.

Foster may be good, but the players are willing to admit that they don't think he's Gray's caliber. After all, he hasn't even rushed for over 62 yards in a single game this season. But he is averaging 118 all purpose yards (he returns kickoffs and punts, and has played at wide receiver).

"Not to take anything away from him, but I feel like he's no Cyrus Gray," linebacker Taylor Reed said. "He's definitely a playmaker though. He can get out of [the backfield]. I've seen him take like a 94-yard screen to the house. We definitely need to contain him."

The Mustangs need to stop the run.

-The defense, which has been the key to SMU's success really for two years now, also needs to pay attention to the passing game. Memphis has receivers that are 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, and the Mustangs' secondary isn't that tall.

"They're not that fast though," Reed said. "It's nothing that will burn us, but it will definitely be a test when the ball gets up in the air. Our secondary is ready though. They're playmakers."

He named defensive backs Chris Banjo, Richard Crawford and Kenneth Acker as players he has a lot of confidence in, no matter how big the receivers are.

-The Tigers' secondary is fairly weak, so SMU needs to get its passing attack going early. However, it seems Jones isn't 100 percent confident that J.J. McDermott can run the run-and-shoot like he wants, so Zach Line will be an integral part of the offense, as usual.

Think last week, which involved a lot of throwing downfield then handing off to Line to punch in touchdowns.

"We've done a good job in the running game, but to be the best offense we can be, we have to be efficient in the passing game," Jones said.

-Memphis' quarterback's name is Taylor Reed and SMU's Taylor Reed hopes that they get an introduction.

"I would love to meet him during the game," Reed said, smiling. "That's definitely a goal of mine. He's a freshman, but he hasn't thrown many picks and does a great job of keeping the ball. He doesn't look like a freshman."

-Memphis got killed by Mississippi State 59-14 in their first game and embarrassed by Arkansas State 47-3 in their second game. They are coming off a win, however, having beaten Austin Peay 27-6 last week.

Prediction: SMU 34, Memphis 13

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