Arkansas State vs. SMU - 8/31/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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SMU at Arkansas State
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 6:00 PM (Centennial Bank Stadium)
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The SMU Mustangs and the Arkansas State Red Wolves will meet up on the college football circuit Saturday.
The Mustangs enter this year coming off a 5-7 record overall and a 4-4 mark in the American Athletic Conference. That left SMU in fourth place in the West Division and made for a disappointing campaign.
This year, the Mustangs will once again be under the tutelage of head coach Sonny Dykes, OC Rhett Lashlee and DC Kevin Kane, each of whom is in his second season with the team in that role.
Over on the Arkansas State side, they went 8-5 last season and posted a 5-3 record in Sun Belt play. The Red Wolves finished in a tie for first in the division, and visited the Arizona Bowl, where they lost a tough one in OT 16-13 to Nevada.
The Red Wolves retain Blake Anderson for a sixth year at head coach in 2019, but change things up a bit with Keith Heckendorf (OC) and David Duggan (DC) running the plays.
The Mustangs are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. SMU is 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last five in August.
Meanwhile, the Red Wolves are 4-0 ATS in their last four on turf and 4-0 ATS in their last four in August. Arkansas State is 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 1-6 ATS in their last seven non-conference games.
SMU has some work to do as an upstart squad, and an above .500 finish this season would quiet a lot of doubters. First off however, the Mustangs will have to contend with the likes of Memphis, Houston and Tulane in the West Division; no easy task.
As for Arkansas State, they’ll have a new look with their incoming coordinators, and will be gunning for Louisiana as they fight it out in the West.
Even with the new faces, I’m going to stick with Arkansas State here; they’ve got the potential to contend for a conference championship if everything goes well.