The SMU Mustangs face the Houston Cougars in a game that will possibly decide which program finishes in the first in the American Athletic Conference. SMU is 7-0 and tied for first place in the conference while Houston is 6-1 and right behind Cincinnati and SMU for first place. Both the Mustangs and the Cougars are having remarkable seasons and the upcoming game might be one of the best of the weekend.
SMU have been led by potent offenseThe Mustangs are having a great season behind one of the best offenses in the game, scoring 42.7 points per game. Quarterback Tanner Mordechai is having a great season, completing 71.1 percent of passes for 2320 yards and 29 touchdowns while Danny Gray has emerged as the top receiver with 609 receiving yards and seven touchdowns along with Rashee Rice and Reggie Roberson Jr. who have combined for 821 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. In the run game, the Mustangs have seen rushing duo Tre Siggers and Ulysses Bentley IV combine for 879 rushing yards and six touchdowns to give the offense a balanced attack.
The offense has led the way but the defense has also stepped up, allowing only 22.7 points per game. Defensive linemen Gary Wiley and Turner Coxe have been disrupting plays in the trenches with seven sacks and 43 tackles combined while linebackers Delano Robinson and Shaine Hailey have controlled the middle of the defense with 82 tackles combined. In addition, the pass defense has also stepped up with linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia and safety Isaiah Nwokobia combining for four interceptions and two passes defended.
Houston has played well on both sides of the ballThe Houston Cougars are having a great season with great play across the board this season. The offense is scoring 36.3 points per game and Clayton Tune is having a great season under center with 1427 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. Tune also has plenty of options in the passing game with Nathaniel Dell emerging as the top target with 510 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Christian Trahan and Jeremy Singleton have combined for 424 receiving yards and five touchdowns. In addition, the run game has been led by Alton McCaskill who has 463 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
In addition to the offense playing well, the defense has been dominant, allowing only 17.3 points per game. Defensive linemen Logan Hall, David Anenih, and D'Anthony Jones have been dominant in the trenches with 12 sacks and 59 tackles combined while linebacker Donavan Mutin has patrolled the middle of the field with 44 tackles. The secondary has also played well this season with cornerbacks Damarion Williams, Marcus Jones, and Alex Hogan combining for nine passes defended and three interceptions.
- Cougars are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following an ATS win.
- Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
- Cougars are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Mustangs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.