The last time SMU started 6-0, we pretty much know how the Mustangs got there. Those were the days of gifted Trans Ams and a governor overseeing a pay-for-play scheme. The Mustangs were basically the best team money could buy.

That was 1982.

And while the NCAA's death penalty wouldn't come for another five years, a culture had been established. (Please watch "Pony Excess" for a history lesson.) So any criticism of how SMU is doing it now should be muted.

"We have 21 graduates on our team. You know what I'm saying?" SMU coach Sonny Dykes said. "I'm sure there were SMU teams way back when that weren't quite built that way."

From cheaters to (world) beaters, it would seem that was the case.