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

    The Mustangs are underdogs, but by less than a touchdown (+3.5), versus the Green Wave (with an over/under of 47 points).

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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 -3.5 -110 -111 47 -110 -110 -169 +142

    Tulane Pick Insights

    • Tulane has posted a 5-6-0 record against the spread this season.
    • Tulane is 4-5 against the spread when favored by 3.5 points or more this season.
    • Tulane has gone over in two of 11 games with a set total (18.2%).

    Tulane Stats & Insights

    • Tulane is averaging 388.3 yards per game on offense, which ranks 64th in the FBS. Defensively, the Green Wave rank 29th, giving up 328.2 yards per game.
    • Tulane ranks 63rd in points scored this year (27.9 points per game), but has been thriving on the other side of the ball, ranking 17th-best in the FBS with 18.3 points allowed per game.
    • Tulane is totaling 221.1 passing yards per game on offense (71st in the FBS), and ranks 100th defensively with 242.2 passing yards allowed per game.
    • Tulane has the 57th-ranked offense this year in terms of rushing yards (167.3 per game), and has been more effective defensively, ranking sixth-best with just 86 rushing yards allowed per game.
    • Tulane is averaging a 41.6% third-down conversion rate 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 the 24th-best turnover margin in college football at +6, forcing 22 turnovers (13th in the FBS) while turning it over 16 times (56th in the FBS).

    Tulane’s Best Players

    • Michael Pratt has thrown for 2,168 yards, completing 66.4% of his passes and recording 21 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He’s also run for 321 yards (26.8 ypg) on 88 carries with four rushing touchdowns.
    • 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 has hauled in 41 catches for 670 yards (55.8 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. He’s found the end zone five times as a receiver.
    • Lawrence Keys III has put up a 599-yard season so far with seven touchdowns, reeling in 33 passes on 57 targets.
    • Jha’Quan Jackson has a total of 421 receiving yards so far this year, hauling in 24 throws and scoring four touchdowns.
    • Darius Hodges leads the team with 7.5 sacks, and also has eight TFL and 22 tackles.
    • Tulane’s top-tackler, Jesus Machado, has 83 tackles, one TFL, and one interception this year.
    • Lance Robinson leads the team with four interceptions, while also recording 34 tackles and four passes defended.

    SMU Betting Insights

    • So far this year, SMU has put together a 6-5-0 record against the spread.
    • SMU is winless against the spread (0-2) when playing as at least 3.5-point underdogs.
    • SMU games have gone over the point total in five out of 11 opportunities (45.5%).

    SMU Pick Insights

    • SMU has dominated on both offense and defense this season, ranking ninth-best in total offense (472.6 total yards per game) and 13th-best in total defense (302.1 total yards allowed per game).
    • Things have been going well for SMU on both sides of the ball, as it is posting 41.8 points per game (fourth-best) and ceding only 17.7 points per game (13th-best).
    • SMU has been top-25 in passing on both offense and defense 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).
    • SMU ranks 42nd in the FBS with 180.1 rushing yards per game on offense, and it ranks 28th with 117.8 rushing yards surrendered per contest on the defensive side of the ball.
    • SMU’s third-down defense has been paving 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 generating a 42.6% third-down rate, which ranks 41st.
    • With 15 forced turnovers (82nd in the FBS) and 10 turnovers committed (10th in the FBS) this season, SMU ranks 30th in the FBS with a turnover margin of +5.

    SMU’s Best Players

    • Preston Stone has thrown for 3,204 yards on 59.9% passing while recording 28 touchdown passes with six interceptions this season. He’s also run for 198 yards with four scores.
    • Jaylan Knighton has run the ball 113 times for 645 yards, with six touchdowns.
    • LJ Johnson Jr. has racked up 542 yards (on 99 attempts) with three touchdowns.
    • RJ Maryland paces his squad with 462 receiving yards on 29 receptions with seven touchdowns.
    • Jake Bailey has caught 34 passes and compiled 450 receiving yards (37.5 per game).
    • Romello Brinson has racked up 417 reciving yards (34.8 ypg) and two touchdowns this season.
    • Elijah Roberts leads the team with 7.5 sacks, and also has eight TFL and 26 tackles.
    • SMU’s top-tackler, Kobe Wilson, has 54 tackles, two TFL, 0.5 sacks, and one interception this year.
    • Isaiah Nwokobia has a team-high three interceptions to go along with 46 tackles, three TFL, one sack, and three passes defended.
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