TULSA, Okla. Â The SMU football power brokers Â Phil Bennett, the coach, Gerald Turner, the president, and Jim Copeland, the athletic director Â walked off the Skelly Stadium field with their heads bowed.
The three men, who decide the fate of the program, appear frustrated and out of answers.
I really don't want to talk about the Tulsa game. Once again, the offense just looks incompetent. Statistically, it was a pretty even game. Three drives get inside the 10 and zero touchdowns. Three turnovers. That is the ballgame. You will never convince me that this is the right offense for this team.
It is worth pointing out that of the six losses, four were by a touchdown or less. If, and this is a big if, SMU had the 45th ranked offense in the country (avg. 29 points per game), then SMU could be 6-2.
We now have two weeks to talk about Rice. And Copeland. And Bennett. To get it out of the way, Bennett has never beaten an option team. Hell, Rice has a remarkable record against SMU. Still, SMU will probably be favored at home against a winless Rice team. Rice has UTEP next week. Interesting note: Rice's last victory was October 9, 2004, against . . . SMU. Rice won that game 44-10.