SMU Football has announced its 2017 schedule, which will include seven home games. The Mustangs will open the season with their annual Whiteout in Ford Stadium on Sept. 2 against Stephen F. Austin. They will remain at home the following week, hosting 2016 bowl team North Texas on Sept. 9.
Visiting teams during the 2017 season will include 2016 bowl teams Tulsa, UCF and Arkansas State, as well as American Athletic Conference rivals Tulane and UConn.
- TCU, The Battle for the Iron Skillet, Sept. 16 in Fort Worth
- Arkansas State, Sept. 23 (Family Weekend)
- UConn, Sept. 30 (conference game)
- UCF, Nov. 4 (Homecoming)
- Tulane, Nov. 25 (Senior Day, conference game)
> Find the full 2017 Mustang football schedule at SMUMustangs.com
For its school-record 4th consecutive bowl appearance, SMU has accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, as announced by Executive Director David A.K. Matlin on Monday.
The game will be played on Christmas Eve (Monday, Dec. 24) at 7 p.m. CST/3 p.m. HST and will be telecast by ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The game will also be broadcast on North Texas radio by The Ticket, 1310 AM.
The Mustangs broke a 25-year bowl drought with the 2009 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, and this year’s game will represent something of a victory lap for the team’s graduating seniors. “I think ending the streak was by far the top one and this one seals it,” linebacker Ja’Gared Davis told The Dallas Morning News. “It puts a cap on all our careers here. It’s a great honor to all the seniors.”
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> Find tickets and travel packages at Bowl Game Central on the SMU Athletics website
Last year, Madeleine Pickens gifted two rescued, trained mustangs to SMU during a “Salute To The Mustangs” event hosted by her non-profit organization, Saving America’s Mustangs Foundation.
On Aug. 26, 2010, SMU and the Mustang football team named the horses in a ceremony at the Mustang statues just outside Moody Coliseum. The black mustang was named “Liberty,” while the brown mustang will be called “Justice.” Members of the Seminole Nation symbolically painted and blessed the horses.
> Watch a highlight video courtesy of SMU News’ Eva Parks.
> More on the Mustang mascots’ roles