DALLAS, Texas SMU's season opener at Baylor had a familiar, although not enjoyable, feeling to it.
The Mustangs opened on the road in a primetime matchup against a Big 12 opponent. Last year, it was a 46-14 loss to Texas A&M. Veteran starting quarterback Kyle Padron, who has since transferred, was benched after throwing interceptions on SMU's first two possessions.
Last Sunday, it was a 59-24 blowout loss at Baylor. Garrett Gilbert, a former starter at Texas making his SMU debut, also threw two interceptions. He was eventually pulled from the game, but at least he didn't lose his starting job as Padron did.
So things could have been worse. The moral is that things can get better, starting with Saturday's home opener against Stephen F. Austin.
"We just preach all the time, it's just one game," SMU coach June Jones said. "Sure, we're disappointed and we didn't play the way that we think we're capable of playing, but it's tough to win on the road no matter where you go. You h...