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    Rashee Rice and the SMU Mustangs (4-4) will host Nathaniel Dell and the Houston Cougars (5-3) on Saturday at 7:00 PM ET, in a battle between two excellent wideouts.

    The Mustangs are the favorites (-3.5) in their game versus the Cougars, with the over/under being 67 points. (In terms of the moneyline, the Mustangs are -154 and the Cougars are +127.)

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    Game Info and Betting Lines for SMU vs. Houston

    • Game Day: Saturday, November 5, 2022
    • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: NFL Network
    • Location: University Park, Texas
    • Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium
    Mustangs vs Cougars Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Mustangs -3.5 -109 -112 67 -110 -110 -154 +127

    SMU Betting Insights

    • Houston’s ATS record is 3-5-0 this year.
    • Houston is 1-0 against the spread so far this season when playing as at least 3.5-point underdogs.
    • Six of Houston’s eight games with a set total have hit the over (75%).

    SMU Stats & Insights

    • Offensively, SMU has been a top-25 unit, ranking 25th-best in the FBS by averaging 458.6 yards per game. The defense ranks 104th (421.4 yards allowed per game).
    • SMU ranks 97th in scoring defense this season (30.0 points allowed per game), but has been thriving on offense, ranking 25th-best in the FBS with 35.6 points per game.
    • SMU ranks 51st in pass defense this year (219.5 passing yards allowed per game), but has been thriving on the offensive side of the ball, ranking ninth-best in the FBS with 325.0 passing yards per game.
    • Despite sporting a bottom-25 run defense that ranks 15th-worst in the FBS (201.9 rushing yards allowed per game), SMU has had more success on the other side of the ball, ranking 87th in the FBS by averaging 133.6 rushing yards per game.
    • SMU is putting up a 42.6% third-down conversion rate offensively this season (44th in the FBS), and is allowing a 36.9% third-down conversion rate (57th) on the other side of the ball.
    • With 11 forced turnovers (73rd in the FBS) against 14 turnovers committed (92nd in the FBS), SMU (-3) owns the 100th-ranked turnover margin in college football.

    SMU’s Best Players

    • Tanner Mordecai has 2,121 yards passing for SMU, completing 60.8% of his passes and throwing 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.
    • Velton Gardner has racked up 277 yards on 55 carries while finding the end zone one time as a runner.
    • This season, Tre Siggers has carried the ball 60 times for 229 yards (28.6 per game) and four touchdowns.
    • Rice’s team-leading 982 yards as a receiver have come on 62 catches (out of 109 targets) with six touchdowns.
    • Kelvontay Dixon has caught 17 passes for 241 yards (30.1 yards per game) and two touchdowns this year.
    • Jordan Kerley’s 12 grabs are good enough for 239 yards and three touchdowns.
    • Nelson Paul has 4.0 sacks to lead the team, and also has 3.0 TFL and 32 tackles.
    • Jimmy Phillips Jr., SMU’s top tackler, has 38 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and one sack this year.
    • Shanon Reid has picked off a team-leading one pass. He also has 31 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and one pass defended to his name.

    Houston Betting Insights

    • Houston is 3-5-0 ATS this year.
    • Houston is a perfect 1-0 against the spread when an underdog by 3.5 points or more this year.
    • Houston games have hit the over in six out of eight opportunities (75%).

    Houston Stats & Insights

    • In terms of total yards, Houston ranks 54th in the FBS (418.8 total yards per game) and 93rd on defense (404.6 total yards allowed per contest).
    • Houston is generating 33.5 points per game on offense this season (38th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is surrendering 31.1 points per game (104th-ranked) on defense.
    • With 276.9 passing yards per game on offense, Houston ranks 32nd in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 99th, surrendering 256.4 passing yards per game.
    • With 141.9 rushing yards per game on offense, Houston ranks 75th in the FBS. Defensively it ranks 75th, surrendering 148.3 rushing yards per contest.
    • Houston’s third-down offense has been leading the charge for the team, as it ranks 13th-best in the FBS with a 50.4% third-down conversion rate. In terms of defense, it is surrendering a 42.9% third-down rate, which ranks 102nd.
    • With nine forced turnovers (96th in the FBS) and 12 turnovers committed (72nd in the FBS) this season, Houston ranks 100th in the FBS with a turnover margin of -3.

    Houston’s Best Players

    • Clayton Tune has thrown for 2,208 yards (276.0 ypg) to lead Houston, completing 67.7% of his passes and recording 21 touchdown passes and four interceptions this season. He is also a playmaker on the ground, racking up 276 yards (34.5 ypg) on 78 carries with three touchdowns.
    • Brandon Campbell has rushed for 359 yards on 77 carries so far this year while scoring three times on the ground.
    • Dell leads his squad with 739 receiving yards on 60 receptions with 10 touchdowns.
    • KeSean Carter has totaled 307 receiving yards (38.4 yards per game) and three touchdowns on 24 receptions.
    • Sam Brown has racked up 269 reciving yards (33.6 ypg) and two touchdowns this season.
    • Derek Parish has 4.5 sacks to pace the team, and also has 6.0 TFL and 19 tackles.
    • Houston’s tackle leader, Donavan Mutin, has 46 tackles and 3.0 TFL this year.
    • Art Green has a team-leading two interceptions to go along with 28 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and four passes defended.

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