Houston Cougars (3-3) at SMU Mustangs (7-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)
The Line: SMU Mustangs -4 -- Over/Under: 69.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
THis game has been POSTPONED
The Houston Cougars and the SMU Mustangs meet in AAC college football action from Gerald J. Ford Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Houston Cougars will look to get back above .500 after a 56-21 win over USF last time out. Clayton Tune has thrown for 1,562 yards, 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 60.6% passing while sitting 2nd on the team in rushing with 233 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Kyle Porter has a team-high 324 rushing yards and 4 TDs while Mulbah Car, Chandler Smith and Kelan Walker each have 100+ rushing yards. Keith Corbin leads Houston’s receiving group with 24 grabs for 333 yards while Marquez Stevenson has 278 receiving yards and a team-high 3 touchdowns. Nathaniel Dell and Tre’von Bradley each have 200+ receiving yards while Bryson Smith and Christian Trahan each have 100+ receiving yards this season. On defense, Grant Stuard leads Houston with 50 total tackles including 25 solo tackles while David Anenih has a team-high 4.5 sacks and Payton Turner isn’t far behind with 4 sacks this season.
The SMU Mustangs will look to build on their strong 7-2 mark in conference play despite a 28-24 loss to Tulsa last time out. Shane Buechele has thrown for 2,781 yards, 21 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 64.7% passing while Ulysses Bentley IV has 877 rushing yards and a team-high 11 rushing touchdowns. TJ McDaniel and Tyler Levine each have 200+ rushing yards as well for SMU this season, but McDaniel is out for the year due to a leg injury. Rashee Rice leads SMU with 43 catches for 637 yards and 5 touchdowns while Kylen Granson has 509 receiving yards and 4 receiving TDs. Reggie Roberson Jr. had 22 catches for 484 yards and 5 TDs before going down for the year due to a knee injury while Danny Gray has 33 catches for 448 yards and 4 scores and Tyler Page has 34 grabs for 396 yards this season. Defensively, Delano Robinson leads SMU with 71 total tackles including 48 solo tackles and 3 sacks while Richard McBryde and Elijah Chatman each have 3 sacks as well, but it’s Turner Coxe who leads SMU with 3.5 sacks and Brandon Crossley has a team-high 4 interceptions for SMU this season.
Houston is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a successful cover while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record. SMU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
In most years, seeing SMU/Houston on a schedule, my mind would immediately lean towards a shootout. However, Houston’s offense hasn’t been as consistent as I would’ve expected and the defensive efforts haven’t always been there either. SMU stumbled against Tulsa which is massive considering they need a lot of help to have a shot at making the AAC championship game, not to mention the Mustangs have to win out to have any hope of it since they lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with both Cincinnati and Tulsa, ironically their two losses this season. I think this game just means more in the grand scheme of things to SMU, so I’ll lay the points with the Mustangs at home in this spot.