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

    The Green Wave are the favorites (-3) in their matchup against the Mustangs, with the over/under at 47 points. (In terms of the moneyline, the Green Wave are -155 and the Mustangs are +129.)

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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 -111 -109 47 -110 -110 -155 +129

    Tulane Pick Insights

    • Tulane has posted a 5-6-0 record against the spread this season.
    • Tulane has a 5-5 record against the spread this season when favored by 3 points or more.
    • Out of Tulane’s 11 games with a set total, two have hit the over (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 season.
    • Tulane ranks 63rd in points scored this year (27.9 points per game), but has been thriving on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 17th-best in the FBS with 18.3 points allowed per game.
    • From an offensive standpoint, Tulane ranks 71st in the FBS with 221.1 passing yards per game. Meanwhile, the defense ranks 100th in passing yards allowed per contest (242.2).
    • Tulane ranks 57th in rushing yards this year (167.3 rushing yards per game), but has been playing really well on the other side of the ball, ranking sixth-best in the FBS with 86 rushing yards allowed per game.
    • Tulane ranks 49th in third-down efficiency (41.6%) on offense and 38th in third-down percentage allowed (35.3%) on defense this year.
    • 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.
    • Makhi Hughes has 1,246 rushing yards on 232 carries with seven touchdowns.
    • Chris Brazzell II’s team-high 670 yards as a receiver have come on 41 receptions (out of 65 targets) with five touchdowns.
    • Lawrence Keys III has put together a 599-yard season so far with seven touchdowns, hauling in 33 passes on 57 targets.
    • Jha’Quan Jackson’s 24 catches are good enough for 421 yards and four touchdowns.
    • Darius Hodges has 7.5 sacks to lead the team, and also has eight TFL and 22 tackles.
    • Jesus Machado, Tulane’s top tackler, has 83 tackles, one TFL, and one interception this year.
    • Lance Robinson has picked off a team-high four passes. He also has 34 tackles and four passes defended to his name.

    SMU Betting Insights

    • SMU is 6-5-0 against the spread this year.
    • SMU is winless against the spread (0-2) when playing as at least 3-point underdogs.
    • The teams have hit the over in five of SMU’s 11 games with a set total.

    SMU Pick Insights

    • SMU has been productive on both sides of the ball 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 averaging 41.8 points per game (fourth-best) and ceding only 17.7 points per game (13th-best).
    • In terms of passing, SMU has excelled on both offense and defense this season, ranking 16th-best in passing yards per game (292.5) and 15th-best in passing yards surrendered per game (184.3).
    • From an offensive perspective, SMU is putting up 180.1 rushing yards per contest (42nd-ranked). It ranks 28th in the FBS on the other side of the ball (117.8 rushing yards allowed per game).
    • SMU’s defense has been keeping opposing offenses in check on third down, giving up a 28.2% third-down conversion rate (fourth-best). Offensively, it ranks 41st in the FBS with a 42.6% third-down rate.
    • 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 3,204 passing yards, or 267 per game, so far this season. He has completed 59.9% of his passes and has collected 28 touchdowns with six interceptions. He’s also helped out on the ground with 16.5 rushing yards per game while scoring as a runner four times.
    • Jaylan Knighton has run for 645 yards on 113 carries so far this year while scoring six times on the ground.
    • LJ Johnson Jr. has been given 99 carries and totaled 542 yards with three touchdowns.
    • RJ Maryland’s 462 receiving yards (38.5 yards per game) are a team high. He has 29 catches on 46 targets with seven touchdowns.
    • Jake Bailey has racked up 450 receiving yards (37.5 yards per game) on 34 receptions.
    • 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 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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