Houston Cougars (7-1) at SMU Mustangs (3-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 3, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: SMU Mustangs +13 -- Over/Under:
The Houston Cougars and SMU Mustangs meet Saturday in college football action at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
The Houston Cougars look to build on their five-game winning streak while staying in the thick of the AAC race. The Houston Cougars have won six of their last nine road games. D’Eriq King is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 2,403 yards, 28 touchdowns and five interceptions. King has three or more touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games. Marquez Stevenson and Courtney Lark have combined for 1,228 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Keith Corbin has 27 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 237.6 yards per contest, and Patrick Carr leads the way with 475 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 30 points and 480.9 yards per game. Austin Robinson leads the Houston Cougars with 84 tackles, Isaiah Chambers has 4.5 sacks and Garrett Davis has two interceptions.
The SMU Mustangs need a victory here after splitting their last six games in order to improve their bowl eligibility chances. The SMU Mustangs have won eight of their last 11 home games. William Brown is completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 625 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Ben Hicks and William Brown have combined for 18 touchdown passes and five interceptions this season. James Proche and Reggie Roberson Jr. have combined for 1,154 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Braeden West has 25 receptions. The SMU Mustangs ground game is averaging 98.6 yards per contest, and West leads the way with 479 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, SMU is allowing 35.9 points and 420.5 yards per game. Rodney Clemons leads the SMU Mustangs with 60 tackles, Richard Moore has three sacks and Shaine Hailey has one interception.
The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games, 23-10-1 ATS in their last 34 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mustangs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Cougars last 10 road games.
The Houston Cougars have won seven of their eight games and all of their victories have come by double digits. The SMU Mustangs have shown signs of improvement over the last month, and they just got done taking one of the top teams in conference (Cincinnati) to overtime. The Houston Cougars have covered five of their last seven games as a double-digit favorite. The SMU Mustangs have failed to cover four of their last six games as a double-digit underdog. SMU is better than its record indicates and is sure to put up a fight in this contest. The problem is Houston has been way too consistent to bet against as long as the spread isn't getting too crazy. You like finding the teams that are consistent, as there's very few surprises and they cover numbers more times than not. Right now, the Houston Cougars are one of those teams.