Q&A: View from the other sideline
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 12:09
Sean Lester interviewed Demetrio Teniente, sports editor for The Daily Campus, SMU’s student newspaper
THE BATTALION: What does this SMU team bring to the field entering Saturday’s game?
TENIENTE: With the June Jones offense this marriage has happened here. You get a little bit of the air raid with the run-and-shoot offense. We have seen a bit of a West Coast feel as far as the offense goes. Defensively you could say the defense is opportunistic.
THE BATTALION: QB Garrett Gilbert is familiar for A&M fans from last season’s game to his days at Texas. How has he progressed and how has he looked this year?
TENIENTE: He’s playing the best football that we’ve ever seen him play. Most certainly it’s hard to compare that to his performance in the national championship game but he definitely looks more comfortable behind his line.
THE BATTALION: What were your takeaways from watching Alabama-A&M last week?
TENIENTE: Based on that game, you lose by one possession and you think, ‘If Johnny Football would have had one more shot.’ You see them march down the field for 14 unanswered points almost effortlessly, tearing up Alabama’s defense. It’s a scary thought when you think about, ‘That’s who we’re going to play next week.’
THE BATTALION: There is a history between SMU and A&M. What does it mean to the SMU fans when A&M is on the schedule?
TENIENTE: I don’t want to bash my school or anything but what I’ve been getting from people is them wanting to get past this game. They want to get to TCU and not because anyone is overlooking A&M, but I think they realize how good of a team A&M is and they realize that we’re going against the best in the NCAA right now. There’s hope that we can pull off some sort of an upset, but there’s kind of a reserved excitement.
THE BATTALION: Last year’s final score in Dallas between the two teams was 48-3. What is your predicted score for this game?
TENIENTE: 60-9, A&M. That’s just my realistic score prediction. I guess if you were to get my idealistic score prediction it would be much closer, 40-21. The only way that I can see us competing is the defense has to create turnovers. Against Alabama, there were turnovers to make things happen in the game. That’s what turned the momentum of the game in Alabama’s favor. If this game is going to be close at all, they are going to have to force some turnovers, Gilbert’s going to have to take care of the ball, there has to be some kind of run game and they’ll have to take some shots down field.