The SMU Mustangs were an interesting team this season, evident by a couple of routine and obvious observations:
1. SMU won when it scored points (how about that?)
2. In losses, SMU struggled to score more than two touchdowns (that hurt, too).
The Mustangs (6-6) will take on the Fresno State Bulldogs (9-3), the runners-up in the Mountain West, in the 2012 Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
The Bulldogs averaged 40 points per game in 2012, the 12th-most in the country. Showcasing a high-flying offense was the norm for Fresno State, which eclipsed the 50-point mark thrice this season.
A tough schedule that included slim losses to Oregon and Boise State may benefit the Bulldogs on the day before Christmas.
Perhaps an early gift awaits, but they'll first have to figure out an up-and-down SMU team.