The Memphis Tigers (6-5, 3-4 American) will be going for their third consecutive win when they face the SMU Mustangs (6-5, 4-3 American) on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are coming off a 59-0 win over North Alabama as 36.5-point favorites. The Mustangs are coming off a 59-24 loss to Tulane as 3.5-point underdogs.
Memphis is 7-3 in its last 10 games against SMU.
Tigers Going For Second Straight Win Over MustangsThe Tigers followed up their four-game losing streak by winning their last two games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Mustangs, which will give them their third win in a row and second straight win over SMU.
Memphis is averaging 35.3 points per game. They are throwing for 279.1 yards and rushing for 141.2 yards per game.
Seth Henigan completed 58 percent of his passes for 218 yards and one touchdown. An'Darius Coffey had 14 carries for 83 yards, while Eddie Lewis had three carries for 73 yards and one touchdown.
Memphis has struggled defensively, giving up 26.7 points per game. They didn’t give up a point in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.
Mustangs Trying To Bounce Back From LossThe Mustangs had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Green Wave in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Tigers, which will give them their fourth win in their last five games.
SMU is averaging 38.8 points per game. They are throwing for 326.2 yards and rushing for 158.7 yards per game.
Tanner Mordecai completed 65 percent of his passes for 298 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Tyler Lavine had 18 carries for 82 yards. He also led the team in receiving with seven catches for 62 yards.
SMU is one of the worst defensive teams in the country, giving up 35 points per game. They gave up 59 points in their last game and won’t win too many games if they don’t play better defense.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Mustangs have won three of their last four games, but they split their last four home games. They are very good offensively, averaging more than 35 points per game. They don’t run the ball very well, but they have the seventh-best passing game in the country. The Tigers have struggled against the pass, but they are very good against the run. With the Mustangs unlikely to beat them on the ground, they can focus on preventing the Mustangs from beating them through the air. The Tigers have won two straight games. They have also played well offensively, averaging more than 35 points per game. Like the Mustangs, they love to throw the ball, but they can also hurt opponents with their ground game. The Mustangs have one of the worst run defenses in the country and their pass defense is only slightly better, so expect them to have a hard time slowing down the Tigers. Go with Memphis to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Tigers are averaging 35.3 points per game and 33.2 points per game on the road. They averaged 36.3 points per game in their last three games against the Mustangs. With SMU giving up 35 points per game, the Tigers will hit their average in this game. The Mustangs are averaging 38.8 points per game and 44.6 points per game at home. They averaged 34.3 points per game in their last three games against the Tigers. With Memphis giving up 26.7 points per game, the Mustangs won’t score enough points to push the score over the total. The Mustangs and Tigers played under the total in five of their last seven meetings.