This Saturday, there is a college football matchup between the Texas State Bobcats and the SMU Mustangs. These teams will face off at about 7:00 PM. This is game three of the regular season for both teams, which will take place at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
Texas State Looks To Snap Losing Streak
The Texas State Bobcats entered the 2019 season with expectations of improving after a terrible 2018 campaign. Last season, Texas State went just 3-6 overall and went a pathetic 1-7 in conference play. To make matters worse, the Bobcats lost the last three game of that season by a combined 62 points. So far this season, that losing trend has continued as Texas State has lost the first two games of this season by a combined 43 points. Now, Texas State will look to pull off a massive upset against an SMU team whose offense has looked lethal so far this season. Even though an upset is unlikely, perhaps Texas State’s defense can rise to the occasion.
The starting quarterback for the Wolfpack is junior Gresch Jensen who looked okay in the first two games of the regular season. Last week, he threw for an impressive 394 yards along with one passing touchdown. However, he also threw two interceptions as his team lost 23-14 to Wyoming at home. It is also worth mentioning that he was sacked five times in that game so his struggles are at least partially due to Texas State’s below average offensive line that will need to improve moving forward.
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So far this season, Texas State has been below average on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Bobcats rank 105th in the nation with 332.0 yards per game while also scoring 10.5 points per game which is the fifth-lowest in the nation. At the same time, Texas State’s defense ranks 105th in the nation in points allowed with 32.0 while also ranking 80th with 386.0 yards allowed per game.
SMU’s Offense Looks To Keep Rolling
The SMU Mustangs entered the 2019 season with the hopes of reaching a bowl game after falling just one game short last year. Last season, SMU went 5-7 overall and went 4-4 in conference play. To make matters worse, the Mustangs had a shot to reach a bowl game but lost to Tulsa by three points in the regular-season finale. So far this season, SMU has looked fantastic as it is undefeated through the first two weeks. The main reason for its success has been its prolific offense which has put up points in bunches. Specifically, SMU has scored at least 37 points in both games and will look to keep up that level of production on Saturday.
The starting quarterback for the Mustangs is junior Shane Buechele who looked great in the first two games of the regular season. Buechele made a bold decision earlier this year when he decided to transfer to SMU from Texas but it appears that the move is finally starting to pay off. Last week, he threw for 292 yards along with three passing touchdowns and no interceptions as he led SMU to an easy 49-27 victory against North Texas at home.
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So far this season, SMU has been great on offense this season. Specifically, the Mustangs rank 30th in the nation with 506.0 yards per game while also scoring 43.0 points per game which is tied for the 23rd-most in the nation. However, SMU’s defense has been terrible so far this season. Specifically, SMU’s defense ranks 92nd in the nation in points allowed with 28.5 while also ranking 91st with 405.0 yards allowed per game.
- Bobcats are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
- Bobcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Mustangs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Mustangs are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games in September.