In my humble opinion, man of those early season losses would not have been losses by the time of the SMU win. We seemed like we were really jelling and figuring things out more so than a lot of other teams were. The improvement from LSU to then was profound, and I believe we would have defeated the Tigers if we'd been played January 25th.
That said, we've really regressed the last month. A lot of that is injuries, but not all.