Sonny Dykes Discusses SMU's Fast Start

The No. 19 Mustangs (6-0) are off to their best start since the 1980s

Reiter Than You
October 14, 2019 - 8:04 pm

If you’re asked to list the undefeated teams in college football, you’ll likely have no problem naming Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and LSU, among others. But you might forget about No. 19 SMU (6-0), which is off to its best start since the 1980s.

The record isn’t the only thing new for SMU, which went 5-7 in 2018. So, too, is the mindset.

“There is a challenge about playing when you know you’re going to see everybody’s best, and I think that’s something that’s new for us,” SMU head coach Sonny Dykes told Bill Reiter. “We have to play incredibly well every week. We got off to a really poor start last week against Tulsa and we were able to fight back and have some things go our way and won a triple-overtime game right at the end.” 

Trailing 23-9 at halftime and 30-9 in the fourth quarter, SMU scored 21 unanswered points to force overtime, where the Mustangs ultimately won 43-37.

“We have to learn we can’t get ourselves in those situations,” Dykes said. “‘We’ve got to start better. We’ve got to make sure that emotionally we’re in the right frame of mind when we begin these games because we have a really challenging back half of our schedule.”

That starts with a home against Temple (5-1) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

“They’re playing some really good football, so we’ve got to learn how to deal with that,” Dykes said. “I think our guys played a little tight early against Tulsa and we got together at halftime and said, ‘Look, let’s just come out the second half, do our job and not focus on anything other than playing hard and playing tough and doing the little things it takes to be successful.’”