Free Picks: Tulane vs SMU College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 10/16/20

Free Picks: Tulane vs SMU College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 10/16/20 Photo by Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

SMU Mustangs (4-0) at Tulane Green Wave (2-2)

College Football: Friday, October 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Benson Field at Yulman Stadium)

The Line: Tulane Green Wave +6.5 -- Over/Under: 67.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The SMU Mustangs and Tulane Green Wave meet Friday in week 7 college football action at Yulman Stadium.

The SMU Mustangs look for another win to start a CFB season 5-0 for the second straight season. The SMU Mustangs have won six of their last nine road games. Shane Buechele is completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 1,326 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Buechele has two touchdown passes in 14 of his last 16 games. Reggie Roberson Jr. and Rashee Rice have combined for 746 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Danny Gray has 14 receptions. The SMU Mustangs ground game is averaging 219.5 yards per contest, and Ulysses Bentley IV leads the way with 412 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, SMU is allowing 23.3 points and 412.5 yards per game. Delano Robinson leads the SMU Mustangs with 31 tackles, Elijah Chatman has three sacks and Brandon Crossley has two interceptions.

The Tulane Green Wave look for their first home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Tulane Green Wave have won five of their last seven home games. Keon Howard is completing 42.1 percent of his passes for 299 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Howard and Michael Pratt have combined for three touchdowns and one interception this season. Jha'Quan Jackson and Duece Watts have combined for 188 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Tyrick James has four receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 238 yards per contest, and Cameron Carroll leads the way with 285 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 31 points and 395.3 yards per game. Marvin Moody leads the Tulane Green Wave with 31 tackles, Patrick Johnson has 4.5 sacks and Macon Clark has two interceptions.

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The Mustangs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Green Wave are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The under is 5-2 in Mustangs last 7 games overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Green Wave last 4 games overall. The Mustangs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Tulane and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The road team is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 meetings. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

This could be a bit of a trap game for SMU after playing a ranked Memphis squad and having a ranked Cincinnati on deck. The Tulane Green Wave also aren't a pushover and have had a great deal of success at home dating back to last season. With all that said, SMU is the more polished team on both sides of the ball, especially offensively. If SMU gets rolling early this is a game that could get out of hand rather quickly. I'm not confident Tulane has the horses to hang in this game for 60 minutes.

Give me SMU by a touchdown.

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Randy’s Pick SMU Mustangs -6.5

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