Stephen F. Austin at SMU - 9/26/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Stephen F. Austin at SMU - 9/26/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Timothy Flores-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (0-2) at SMU Mustangs (2-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Gerald J. Ford Stadium)

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The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks will travel to Gerald J. Ford Stadium to take on the SMU Mustangs this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks dropped to 0-2 (0-0 Southland) on the season after being defeated by the UTSA Roadrunners, 24-10, this past Saturday. Stephen F. Austin kept the game close after a 32-yard FG pulled the Lumberjacks within a 17-10 deficit midway through the 3rd quarter, however, Stephen F. Austin couldn’t fight back after the Roadrunners put it away with a Frank Harris 23 yard TD run that gave UTSA a 24-10 lead with 7:08 left in regulation. Stephen F. Austin was outgained by a 498-344 margin and converted just 15 first downs in the loss. Leading the way for the Lumberjacks was QB Trae Self who completed 21 of 33 passes for 285 yards and a TD.

On the season, Stephen F. Austin is averaging 12.0 ppg on 287.0 total yards per game (78.0 rushing yds/g; 209.0 passing yds/g). Offensively, Stephen F. Austin has been led by QB Trae Self who has completed 64.81% of his passes for 418 yards and 2 TD’s. The top receivers for the Lumberjacks have been Xavier Gibson (9 rec, 123 yards, TD), Remi Simmons (4 rec, 79 yards), Larry Jones (6 rec, 72 yards), and QuenTyvian Borders (4 rec, 56 yards). Leading the way for the Lumberjacks backfield has been Da’Leon Ward who has 95 rushing yards and a TD on 26 carries.

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Defensively, Stephen F. Austin is allowing their opponents to average 24.0 ppg on 431.0 total yards per game (190.5 rushing yds/g; 240.5 passing yds/g).

The SMU Mustangs improved to 2-0 on the season after defeating the North Texas Mean Green, 65-35, this past Saturday. SMU had no trouble finding the end zone against the Mean Green defense and easily cruised to victory after taking a 34-7 halftime lead. SMU outgained North Texas by a 710-517 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Mustangs was QB Shane Buechele who completed 24 of 33 passes for 344 yards and 4 TD’s.

On the season, SMU is averaging 48.0 ppg on 627 total yards per game (271.5 rushing yds/g; 355.5 passing yds/g). Offensively, SMU has been led by QB Shane Buechele who has completed 72.5% of his passes for 711 yards, 5 TD, and 2 INT. The top receivers for Buechele and the Mustangs have been Rashee Rice (10 rec, 203 yards), Reggie Roberson Jr. (15 rec, 202 yards, 3 TD), and Danny Gray (6 rec, 129 yards, TD). The SMU backfield has been just as productive as the Mustangs passing game and has been led by the duo of Ulysses Bentley IV (30 att, 276 yards, 5 TD) and TJ McDaniel (42 att, 189 yards, TD).

Defensively, SMU is allowing their opponents to average 29.5 ppg on 466.5 total yards per game (200.5 passing yds/g; 266 rushing yds/g).

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Stephen F. Austin has to be happy that they have been competitive agianst two team FBS teams, however, it is going to be a struggle for the Lumberjacks to keep up with SMU who is considerably better than either UTEP or UTSA. SMU has one of the better offenses in all of College Football and although I expect SMU to be favored by a bunch in this one, my initial thoughts is to take the Mustangs. Please check back for my official pick once the line has been released.

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