Montana State football will be taking on the Mustangs of Southern Methodist University on Sept. 7 in Dallas, Texas. The Mustangs are coming off of a heavy loss to Texas Tech at home last week 41-23. SMU, led by senior quarterback and University of Texas transfer, Garrett Gibert, will be looking to gain momentum early as an eager team looks to erase their last four mediocre, barely winning seasons.
Gilbert has had a lackluster career, throwing 28 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. The Mustangs defense is young and inexperienced. One junior, Darrian Wright, stands alone for the defensive line, surrounded by new freshmen and green sophomores. If the Bobcats can continue to run the ball well with the power trio of running backs Cody Kirk, Shawn Johnson and Louisiana Tech transfer, Brandon Davis, they have a shot at overpowering SMU’s weak left side.
Led by senior quarterback, DeNarius McGhee, the Bobcats are looking sharp in the air — completing their season opener against Monmouth University with 268 passing yards. McGhee’s consistent accuracy and calmness both in the pocket as well as the scramble will be a challenge for SMU to contain.
Southern Methodist has continually struggled to rebuild the program to its former stature after a 1980s recruiting scandal left them in ruins. Although their last four years have shown poor performance during regular season play, they have managed to make it to an FBS Bowl game every year since 2009. When all is said and done, I predict a score of 28-24 in favor of the Bobcats.