Aug. 29, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU looks to open the season with a win on the road for the first time since 1986 as the Mustangs travel to Waco to face former Southwest Conference rival Baylor in their 2012 season opener.
On the heels of its third straight bowl appearance, expectations are high for SMU in 2012. SMU's Ja'Gared Davis, Margus Hunt, Darius Johnson, Zach Line and Taylor Reed were named preseason All-Conference USA by CBSSports.com, and SMU's five selections were the most among all C-USA teams. Honors have piled up for the Mustangs this spring. Line is on the Watch Lists for the Walter Camp, Maxwell & Doak Walker Awards; Johnson is on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List and Reed is on the Lombardi list. Additionally, Hunt is on the Lombardi and Hendricks lists, Davis is on the Butkus Award list and Blake McJunkin is on the Rimington's.
SMU and Baylor have not met since the Bears downed the Mustangs, 28-23, in the 2005 season opener, but SMU holds a 36-35-7 lead in the all-time series.
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Garrett Gilbert takes over the SMU quarterback job after transferring to SMU from Texas. The former Gatorade and Parade National Player of the Year took 27 credit hours in the spring to graduate from Texas to become immediately eligible at SMU and quickly earned the starting nod.
"I like his composure," said SMU's June Jones. "He's a very confident quarterback and you can tell that the other players rally around him."
Fox Sports will air the game live with Joel Meyers (PBP), Brian Baldinger (analyst) and Jim Knox (sidelines) on the call. The game will air on Fox Sports Arizona, Detroit, Houston, Midwest, North, Ohio, Southwest and Wisconsin, as well as Prime Ticket, SportSouth, Sun Sports, MSG Plus, Root Sports & Fox College Sports Central.
On the radio dial, Rich Phillips (PBP), John Hampton (analyst) and Brian Bischoff (sidelines) will call the action on KTCK 1310 AM in Dallas, beginning at 5 p.m. CT.
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