SMU at Houston - 10/8/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (1-4) at Houston Cougars (4-0)
College Football: Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)
The Line: Houston Cougars -25.5 -- Over/Under: 74.5 See the Latest Odds
The SMU Mustangs and Houston Cougars square off Thursday night at TDECU Stadium.
The SMU Mustangs could use a big road win to snap a three-game losing streak. Matt Davis is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,182 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Davis has a touchdown pass in six of his last seven games. Courtland Sutton and Ryheem Malone have combined for 613 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jeremiah Gaines has eight receptions. The SMU Mustangs ground game is averaging 184.4 yards per contest, and Davis leads the way with 380 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, SMU is allowing 44.4 points and 593.4 yards per game. Jonathan Yenga leads SMU with 30 tackles, Justin Lawler has 2.5 sacks and Horace Richardson has two interceptions. Horace Richardson is questionable.
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The Houston Cougars look to improve to an impressive 5-0 start this season. Greg Ward Jr. is completing 69.7 percent of his passes for 1,058 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Ward has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Demarcus Ayers and Chance Allen have combined for 587 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Steven Dunbar has 12 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 305.7 yards per contest, and Ward leads the way with 472 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 23.3 points and 398.3 yards per game. Elandon Roberts leads the Cougars with 44 tackles, Steven Taylor has five sacks and Adrian McDonald has two interceptions. Linell Bonner is questionable.
The Mustangs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The Cougars are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mustangs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
SMU doesn't play a lick of defense and is starting to fall aart overall with three straight losses. Meanwhile, Houston is solid at both ends of the field and is starting to turn some heads nationally with an undefeated record. I smell a blowout here.