SMU vs. James Madison - 9/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
James Madison Dukes (3-0) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (1-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -14.5 -- Over/Under: 73 See the Latest Odds
The James Madison Dukes and SMU Mustangs square off Saturday night at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
The James Madison Dukes look to remain undefeated as they take the road for the first time this season. Vad Lee is completing 71.7 percent of his passes for 906 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Lee has 92 of the Dukes 100 pass attempts this year. Brandon Ravenel and Deane Cheatham have combined for 368 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Ishmael Hyman has seven receptions. The James Madison Dukes ground game is averaging 328.3 yards per contest, and Abdullah Khalid leads the way with 340 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, James Madison is allowing 17.3 points and 328 yards per game. Gage Steele leads the Dukes with 29 tackles, Cornell Urquhart has three sacks and Marcell Johnson has an interception.
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The SMU Mustangs need a victory to get back to a .500 record heading into AAC play. Matt Davis is completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 667 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Davis has a passing touchdown in four of his last five games. Courtland Sutton and Ryheem Malone have combined for 396 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Shelby Walker has three receptions. The SMU Mustangs ground game is averaging 218 yards per contest, and Davis leads the way with 302 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, SMU is allowing 41.7 points and 561 yards per game. Darrion Richardson leads the Mustangs with 16 tackles, Justin Lawler has 2.5 sacks and Horace Richardson has two interceptions.
James Madison has won seven of its last 10 games and has scored 40 or more points in five of its last six games. The Dukes can play and you have to be confident they can hang with an SMU team that's shown no signs of life on the defensive side of the ball.
I expect the Mustangs to get the win, but James Madison will keep this game close.