The SMU Mustangs' appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl had two results: one was the bitter disappointment of a loss, but also the fact that bowl games are now the way an SMU season is expected to end. Players, coaches and fans walked away from the game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium with a feeling of incompletion. By the time spring workouts rolled around, the discussion was not "if" the Ponies will reach a bowl at the end of the 2011 season, but rather "which one."
Over the next 17 days, PonyFans.com will publish the largest and most comprehensive season preview in the history of SMU football. Head coach June Jones, his assistant coaches and his players will discuss how the Mustangs have prepared for a season saddled with the highest expectations in decades, as the Ponies take aim at a Conference USA championship and their third consecutive bowl appearance.