SMU at Tulsa: 11/14/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Tulsa Golden Hurricane (3-1) vs SMU Mustangs (7-1)
Game Info: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium)
Betting Odds: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -2 -- Over/Under: 64 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 19th ranked SMU Mustangs will travel to Chapman Stadium to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane this Saturday night in College Football action.
The 19th ranked SMU Mustangs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-1 (4-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the Temple Owls, 47-23, this past Saturday. SMU had trouble getting their offense going through the first three quarters in this one as they led by just a 20-16 margin going into the 4th quarter, however, the Mustangs finally found their rhythm and pulled away after scoring 28 unanswered points in the first 7:28 of the 4th quarter. SMU outgained Temple by a 549-368 margin and did not commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Mustangs was QB Shane Buechele who completed 24 of 35 passes for 355 yards & 4 TD’s.
On the season, SMU is averaging 40.5 ppg on 526.3 total yards per game (333.3 passing yds/g; 193.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, SMU has been led by QB Shane Buechele who has completed 66.5% of his passes for 2,581 yards, 20 TD & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for Buechele and the Mustangs have been Rashee Rice (39 rec, 580 yards, 5 TD), Kylen Granson (30 rec, 48 yards, 3 TD), Tyler Page (32 rec, 383 yards, 2 TD), and Danny Gray (25 rec, 355 yards, 4 TD). Leading the way for the SMU backfield has been Ulysses Bentley IV who has 774 rushing yards & 10 TD’s on 132 carries.
Defensively, SMU is allowing their opponents to average 28.6 ppg on 409.3 total yards per game (220.1 passing yds/g; 189.1 rushing yds/g).
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane had their game last week against Navy postponed due to COVID-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 3-1 (3-0 AAC). Tulsa come into this game on a 3-game winning streak after defeating the East Carolina Pirates, 34-30, on October 30th. Tulsa had a surprisingly difficult time defensively agianst the Pirates, however, was able to pull out the come from behind victory after a T.K. Wilkerson 1-yard TD run gave the Golden Hurricane the lead for good with just :29 seconds left in the game. Tulsa was outgained by East Carolina by a 456-428 margin and committed three turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane was RB T.K. Wilkerson who had 89 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 18 carries.
On the season, Tulsa is averaging 29.3 ppg on 401.3 total yards per game (231.5 passing yds/g; 169.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Tulsa has been led by the backfield trio of Deneric Prince (47 att, 279 yards, 2 TD), T.K. Wilkerson (49 att, 197 yards, 3 TD), and Corey Taylor II (25 att, 128 yards, 2 TD). QB Zach Smith has completed 59.3% of his passes for 924 yards, 7 TD, & 5 INT. The top receiving threats for Smith and the Golden Hurricane have been Keylon Stokes (20 rec, 306 yards, 2 TD), Josh Johnson (17 rec, 212 yards, 2 TD), Sam Crawford Jr. (12 rec, 179 yards, TD), and JuanCarlos Santana (10 rec, 158 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Tulsa is holding their opponents to an average of 21.3 ppg on 375.0 total yards per game (246.5 passing yds/g; 128.5 rushing yds/g).
The Mustangs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, however, are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Golden Hurricane are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 games following a ATS loss.
SMU is a talented offensive team, however, I think the Mustangs are a bit overrated and is going to face a tough test against a Tulsa defense that ranks 24th in scoring defense and 37th in rushing defense. Tulsa struggled in their last game agianst East Carolina, however, this is a team that has been great ATS and has looked good in games agianst Oklahoma State and UCF this season. Tulsa’s offense should have some success against a less than average SMU defense and as I think the Golden Hurricane will be able to slow down the SMU offense, I'm taking Tulsa to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!