CollegeFootballNews.com has their Conference USA preview up. I think it is an interesting read. Their SMU preview came out a couple of months ago; it was a pretty fair analysis of the team.
Like all the other college football preview magazines, CollegeFootballNews.com picks SMU last in Conference USA West. They also list Phil Bennett as the "Coach that must produce". When they say you have to produce and at the same time pick you dead last, that is not encouraging.
CollegeFootballNews.com goes through the motions of predicting the winner of every game on the schedule. They predict SMU will win one game in 2005, at home against East Carolina. It should be pointed out that CollegeFootballNews.com predicted that SMU would win only one game in 2004. I personally think SMU will do better than that, but I'll save that for another day.
Other items of note:
Alvin Nnabuife is the only SMU player that is preseason first team Conference USA. CollegeFootballNews.com ranks Alvin Nnabuife as the 14th best player in Conference USA.
Brad Kieschnick made second team offense.
If you are interested in unit rankings (out of 12 teams): Offense (12th); Defense (11th); Special Teams (6th). By position, SMU is ranked no better than 10th.