The SMU Mustangs may only be 4-4 overall, but at 3-1 in Conference USA, the Mustangs control their own destiny to win the West Division and reach the conference championship game. SMU closes the regular season against Tulsa (7-1, 5-0), who leads the Mustangs by 1.5 games.
The Mustangs would need to reach the regular-season finale without another loss, and their next game against Central Florida (6-2, 4-0) appears to be the toughest game remaining until then. The Mustangs also have games against hapless Southern Miss (0-8, 0-4) and mediocre Rice (3-6,1-4).
Central Florida leads the East Division and already holds a tiebreaker over second place East Carolina, thanks to a 40-20 head-to-head victory earlier in the season. SMU's only CUSA loss came at the hands of Tulane (2-6, 2-2), who is likely out of the conference championship picture.
SMU still needs two victories to be eligible for a bowl game in addition to reaching the conference title game.
Conference USA Standings
(updated 10.28.2012 at 2:02 AM EDT)
|Central Florida Knights||4||0||6||2|
|East Carolina Pirates||4||1||5||4|
|Marshall Thundering Herd||2||2||3||5|
|Southern Miss. Golden Eagles||0||4||0||8|
|Tulsa Golden Hurricane||5||0||7||1|
|Tulane Green Wave||2||2||2||6|