It's simple whoever makes the fewer mistakes and the least amount of mental bust will win the game.
Southern Methodist University new Head Coach June Jones feels it's about that simple. After the Mustangs concluded its last practice in Dallas Wednesday morning, Jones spoke to the media about his team's chances in its season opener against Rice on Friday night.
"We better be ready," Jones said. "Rice will be a good test for us. Not only is it the season opener but it's also the conference opener, we have to be ready to play."
Jones is pleased with how hard his team has worked to prepare for the Rice game and feels it will come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes.
"Everybody has to do their job," Jones said. "I'm not worried about physical mistakes, those happen. We can't afford to have any mental bust, those will get you beat."
Jones and his staff has focused on teaching the young Mustang team the game of football, fundamentally for the physical aspect of the game and also the mental aspect as well.
"We have to learn how to win," Jones said. "That's been a major focus of ours during camp. We have to reset their mindsets. Instead of finding a way to lose, we have to believe in ourselves and our program and find a way to win the close game."
Jones announced Tuesday that red shirt freshman Logan Turner will perhaps see action against Rice on Friday, but Bo Levi Mitchell was still taking all the No. 1 reps in practice.
"Logan knows the offense better," Jones said. "Nothing against Braden Smith, he just didn't the amount of reps Bo did and didn't get the opportunity to learn the offense as well."
Mitchell, a Houston Texas native is looking forward to the opportunity of playing in his hometown.
"It's going to be great," Mitchell said in an earlier interview. "I'm very excited; I have never lost a game at Rice Stadium. It has been a great place for me to play. I can't wait."
SMU will depart from Houston on Thursday and will have a walk through practice at an undisclosed high school in the Houston area. The practice will be closed to the public and media.
Jones is looking forward to the Mustangs season opener.
"It will be good to get the season started and see where we are at," Jones said. "It will be great to play someone in a different color jersey; the guys are ready for that."