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    The No. 17 Tulane Green Wave (11-1) square off against the No. 25 SMU Mustangs (10-2) in the AAC Championship Game on Saturday, December 2, 2023.

    The Green Wave are the favorites (-5.5) in their matchup against the Mustangs, with the over/under being 48 points. (On the moneyline, the Green Wave are -225 and the Mustangs are +182.)

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    Game Info for Tulane vs. SMU

    • Game Day: Saturday, December 2, 2023
    • Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ABC
    • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Stadium: Yulman Stadium
    Tulane vs SMU Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Tulane -5.5 -110 -110 48 -110 -109 -225 +182

    Tulane Pick Insights

    • Tulane is 5-6-0 ATS this season.
    • Tulane is 3-5 against the spread when favored by 5.5 points or more this season.
    • Tulane has hit the over in two of 11 games with a set total (18.2%).

    Tulane Stats & Insights

    • Tulane ranks 64th in total offense (388.3 yards per game) and 29th in total defense (328.2 yards allowed per game) this year.
    • Defensively, Tulane has been a top-25 unit, ranking 17th-best by giving up only 18.3 points per game. The offense ranks 63rd (27.9 points per game).
    • Tulane is totaling 221.1 passing yards per game offensively this season (71st in the FBS), and is allowing 242.2 passing yards per game (100th) on the defensive side of the ball.
    • Tulane owns the 57th-ranked offense this season in terms of rushing yards (167.3 per game), and has been better defensively, ranking sixth-best with just 86 rushing yards allowed per game.
    • Tulane is putting up a 41.6% third-down percentage on offense (49th in the FBS), and ranks 38th on the other side of the ball with a 35.3% third-down conversion rate allowed.
    • Tulane has forced 22 total turnovers (13th in the FBS) this season and have turned it over 16 times (56th in the FBS) for a turnover margin of +6, the 24th-best in college football.

    Tulane’s Best Players

    • Michael Pratt leads Tulane with 2,168 yards (180.7 ypg) on 164-of-247 passing with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He also has 321 rushing yards on 88 carries while scoring four touchdowns on the ground.
    • The team’s top rusher, Makhi Hughes, has carried the ball 232 times for 1,246 yards (103.8 per game), scoring seven times.
    • Chris Brazzell II’s team-leading 670 yards as a receiver have come on 41 catches (out of 65 targets) with five touchdowns.
    • Lawrence Keys III has hauled in 33 receptions totaling 599 yards, finding the end zone seven times as a receiver so far this campaign.
    • Jha’Quan Jackson has hauled in 24 receptions for 421 yards, an average of 35.1 yards per game. He’s scored four times as a receiver this season.
    • Darius Hodges has 7.5 sacks to pace the team, and also has eight TFL and 22 tackles.
    • Jesus Machado is the team’s leading tackler this year. He’s amassed 83 tackles, one TFL, and one interception.
    • Lance Robinson has picked off a team-leading four passes. He also has 34 tackles and four passes defended to his name.

    SMU Betting Insights

    • So far this year, SMU has put together a 6-5-0 record against the spread.
    • SMU is 0-2 against the spread when an underdog by 5.5 points or greater this year.
    • The teams have hit the over in five of SMU’s 11 games with a set total.

    SMU Pick Insights

    • SMU has been a top-25 unit on both sides of the ball this season, as it ranks ninth-best in total yards per game (472.6) and 13th-best in total yards surrendered per game (302.1).
    • SMU has been a top-25 unit on both offense and defense this season, as it ranks fourth-best in points per game (41.8) and 13th-best in points allowed per game (17.7).
    • SMU has been top-25 in passing on both sides of the ball this season, as it ranks 16th-best in passing yards per game (292.5) and 15th-best in passing yards surrendered per game (184.3).
    • From an offensive angle, SMU is generating 180.1 rushing yards per contest (42nd-ranked). It ranks 28th in the FBS on defense (117.8 rushing yards surrendered per game).
    • SMU’s third-down defense has been leading the way for the team, as it ranks fourth-best in the FBS with a 28.2% third-down conversion percentage allowed. In terms of offense, it is compiling a 42.6% third-down rate, which ranks 41st.
    • At +5, SMU has the 30th-ranked turnover margin in the FBS, with 15 forced turnovers (82nd in the FBS) and 10 turnovers committed (10th in the FBS).

    SMU’s Best Players

    • Preston Stone leads SMU with 3,204 yards on 206-of-344 passing with 28 touchdowns compared to six interceptions this season. He has chipped in with 198 rushing yards (16.5 ypg) on 62 carries while scoring four touchdowns on the ground.
    • Jaylan Knighton has rushed for 645 yards on 113 carries so far this year while scoring six times on the ground.
    • LJ Johnson Jr. has piled up 542 yards (on 99 carries) with three touchdowns.
    • RJ Maryland leads his team with 462 receiving yards on 29 catches with seven touchdowns.
    • Jake Bailey has 34 receptions (on 45 targets) for a total of 450 yards (37.5 yards per game) this year.
    • Romello Brinson’s 44 targets have resulted in 26 receptions for 417 yards and two touchdowns.
    • Elijah Roberts has 7.5 sacks to lead the team, and also has eight TFL and 26 tackles.
    • Kobe Wilson is the team’s top-tackler this year. He’s amassed 54 tackles, two TFL, 0.5 sacks, and one interception.
    • Isaiah Nwokobia has picked off a team-high three passes. He also has 46 tackles, three TFL, one sack, and three passes defended to his name.

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