American Athletic Conference
The Mustangs and Owls now are trying to win consecutive regular-season games for the first time since the middle of the 2012 season.
A new college football bowl game will be played in the Bahamas, starting in 2014.
Rutgers freshman Justin Goodwin scored the game-winning 17-yard touchdown as the Scarlet Knights won 55-52 in three overtimes.
SMU has been to four consecutive bowl games for the only time in school history. In the final season of the Bowl Championship Series, the Mustangs are finally in one of the six conferences with automatic entry into the biggest games in January.
The conference formerly known as the Big East released its logo on Thursday as part of the rebranding of the new conference.
The conference announced the decision Wednesday after university presidents approved the new moniker earlier in the day.