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    Star player Blake Watson and the Memphis Tigers (8-2) face the SMU Mustangs (8-2) on Saturday at 12:00 PM ET, at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium.

    The Mustangs are expected to win by at least a touchdown (currently -8) versus the Tigers. The over/under for this matchup is 66.5 points.

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    Game Info for SMU vs. Memphis

    • Game Day: Saturday, November 18, 2023
    • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN2
    • Location: Memphis, Florida
    • Stadium: Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium
    SMU vs Memphis Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    SMU -8 -110 -110 66.5 -110 -110 -321 +254

    SMU Pick Insights

    • SMU has posted a 5-4-0 record against the spread this season.
    • When it has played as at least 8-point favorites this season, SMU is 5-2 against the spread.
    • The teams have hit the over in three of SMU’s nine games with a set total.

    SMU Stats & Insights

    • SMU has been thriving on both sides of the ball, ranking 10th-best in total offense (474 yards per game) and 11th-best in total defense (290.8 yards allowed per game).
    • SMU has been thriving on both offense and defense, ranking seventh-best in scoring offense (40.5 points per game) and ninth-best in scoring defense (16.4 points allowed per game).
    • SMU has been firing on all cylinders in the passing game this season, ranking 20th-best in passing (285.5 passing yards per game) and 13th-best in passing defense (173.8 passing yards allowed per game).
    • Offensively, SMU ranks 29th in the FBS with 188.5 rushing yards per game. Meanwhile, the defensive unit ranks 30th in rushing yards allowed per contest (117).
    • SMU ranks 37th in third-down conversion rate this season (43.2%), but has been thriving on defense, ranking eighth-best in the FBS with a 28.2% third-down percentage allowed.
    • SMU has forced 12 total turnovers (89th in the FBS) this season and have turned it over nine times (16th in the FBS) for +3a turnover margin of +3, 36th-ranked in college football.

    SMU’s Best Players

    • Preston Stone has racked up 2,596 yards (259.6 ypg) on 177-of-302 passing with 23 touchdowns compared to six interceptions this season. In addition, he’s added 197 rushing yards (19.7 ypg) on 52 carries while scoring three touchdowns on the ground.
    • Jaylan Knighton has racked up 640 yards on 111 carries while finding the end zone five times as a runner.
    • LJ Johnson Jr. has been handed the ball 78 times this year and racked up 427 yards (42.7 per game) with two touchdowns.
    • Jake Bailey’s team-leading 414 yards as a receiver have come on 32 catches (out of 42 targets).
    • RJ Maryland has caught 25 passes while averaging 35.5 yards per game and scoring six touchdowns.
    • Jordan Hudson has been the target of 32 passes and compiled 23 receptions for 322 yards, an average of 32.2 yards per contest. He’s found the end zone five times through the air this season.
    • Elijah Roberts has racked up 7.5 sacks to lead the team, while also recording seven TFL and 22 tackles.
    • Kobe Wilson is the team’s top-tackler this year. He’s totaled 46 tackles, two TFL, and one interception.
    • Isaiah Nwokobia has picked off a team-high two passes. He also has 42 tackles, three TFL, one sack, and two passes defended to his name.

    Memphis Betting Insights

    • Memphis is only 2-6-1 against the spread this season.
    • The teams have hit the over in seven of Memphis’ nine games with a set total.

    Memphis Pick Insights

    • Defensively, Memphis is bottom-25, giving up 416.3 total yards per game (22nd-worst). Fortunately, it is thriving on the offensive side of the ball, generating 452.3 total yards per contest (21st-best).
    • Memphis’ offense has been paving the way for the team, as it ranks ninth-best in the FBS with 39.7 points per game. In terms of defense, it is allowing 28.9 points per game, which ranks 97th.
    • Memphis’ passing attack has been paving the way for the team, as it ranks 14th-best in the FBS with 296.5 passing yards per game. In terms of defense, it is surrendering 242.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 97th.
    • From an offensive angle, Memphis is generating 155.8 rushing yards per contest (70th-ranked). It ranks 107th in the FBS defensively (174.1 rushing yards surrendered per game).
    • Memphis ranks 41st in the FBS with a 42.4% third-down conversion rate, but it has been lifted up by its defense, which ranks 16th-best by allowing a 30.7% third-down rate.
    • Memphis has fared really well in terms of turnovers, as the team’s turnover margin of +6 ranks 22nd-best in the FBS, with 19 forced turnovers (10th in the nation) and 13 turnovers committed (56th in the nation).

    Memphis’ Best Players

    • Seth Henigan leads Memphis with 2,864 yards on 240-of-362 passing with 22 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions this season. He has chipped in with 229 rushing yards (22.9 ypg) on 79 carries while scoring four touchdowns on the ground.
    • Watson’s team-high 909 rushing yards have come on 152 carries, with 12 touchdowns. He also leads the team with 393 receiving yards (39.3 per game) on 43 catches with two touchdowns.
    • Sutton Smith has been given 51 carries and totaled 257 yards with two touchdowns.
    • Roc Taylor has registered 50 receptions this season and his team-high yardage total sits at 779 (77.9 yards per game). He’s been targeted 80 times and has four touchdowns.
    • DeMeer Blankumsee has put up a 669-yard season so far with four touchdowns. He’s caught 40 passes on 67 targets.
    • Chandler Martin, who leads the team in tackles and sacks, has racked up two sacks, 10 TFL, 72 tackles, and one interception.
    • Cameron Smith leads the team with three interceptions, while also recording 37 tackles and three passes defended.
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