SMU's challenge Saturday is simple and straightforward: Beat Tulsa, the best team in C-USA, and the Mustangs will go to a bowl game.
Simple does not mean easy, especially in this case.
Tulsa, 7-0 in conference play, has clinched the C-USA West title and knocked off C-USA West leader UCF, 23-21, last week.
SMU, 5-6 overall and 4-3 in conference, has to find a way to do something no other C-USA has done this season to become bowl eligible. A win would give the Mustangs a school-record four straight bowl appearances.
For the 20 seniors who helped resurrect SMU's program, going out with a win seems almost as important as going to a bowl.
"This group of seniors has set a new standard for our program," SMU coach June Jones said. "They've been to three straight bowl games and this weekend's game will show a lot about what we have inside us as a team."
SMU could have clinched a bowl berth last week but lost, 36-14, at Rice, where the Mustangs rarely have success.
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