Saturday, November 5, 2016
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
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The Memphis Tigers take on the SMU Mustangs on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The opening line for this game has Memphis as 6.5 point favorites. This season the Tigers are 2-6-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-3-0. The Mustangs have an over/under record of 3-5-0 and they are 6-2-0 against the spread.
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Riley Ferguson finished with 349 yards through the air for Memphis last week. He completed 19 passes out of 41 attempts for a 46% completion percentage. The Tigers were led in rushing by Patrick Taylor Jr., who finished with 92 yards on 15 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. Anthony Miller was the team leader in receiving with a total of 250 yards and 12 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 21 yards per reception. As a team in that game Memphis got a total of 22 first downs. Of those first downs, 9 came on the ground while 11 came through the air. They ran 82 total plays for 525 yards for the game. The Tigers ran for 176 yards on 41 attempts.
Ben Hicks finished with 302 yards passing for SMU last week. He went 16 for 31, resulting in a 52% completion percentage. The Mustangs were led on the ground by Braeden West, who finished with 119 yards on 22 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. James Proche led the team in receiving with 164 yards and 6 catches. He finished the game with an average of 27 yards per reception. SMU had 22 first downs total. 7 came from running the ball and 12 came from a pass. They ran 74 total plays for 439 yards for the contest. The Mustangs ran for 137 yards on 43 carries as a team.
Memphis scores 37.4 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 25th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 22.1 passes on 35.6 attempts for a 62.1 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 290.8 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 23rd in college football. The Tigers run for an average of 158.1 yards per game on 36.5 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry. That ranks them 87th in the nation. They also run 72.1 plays per contest and average 6.2 yards per play for an average of 448.9 yards per game, ranking their offense 41st overall this season. The Tigers average 21.9 first downs per game which ranks them 53rd in the country. They accumulate 63.8 penalty yards per game via 6.6 penalties, which ranks 35th in the nation.
Memphis allows 226 passing yards per game, ranking 66th in D-1, and they allow 27.1 points per contest on defense, which ranks 64th. They give up 21.1 completions on 36.6 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 57.7. The Tigers allow 206.1 rushing yards per game on 41.6 carries for an average of 5 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 98th in the country. Memphis allows 432.1 total yards per game including 5.5 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 89th in terms of yards per game. They force 2.5 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.3 penalties for 56.4 yards per game, ranking them 80th among D-1 teams.
SMU averages 26.5 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 83rd in the country. In the passing department, they complete 18.9 passes per game on 37 attempts for a 51 percent completion percentage. They throw for 246.1 yards through the air per game, ranking them 52nd in Division 1. The Mustangs run for an average of 171 yards per game on 39.4 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 67th on the ground. They also run 76.4 plays per game and average 5.5 yards per play for a total of 417.1 yards per game, ranking them 60th in the country on offense. The Mustangs get an average of 20.4 first downs per game, which ranks 80th in the nation. They average 56.8 penalty yards per game via 6 penalties, ranking them 61st in college football.
SMU allows an average of 247.9 passing yards per game, which ranks 88th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 30.4 points per contest, which has them ranked 89th in the nation. They give up 21.8 completions on 37.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.6 per game. The Mustangs allow 180 rushing yards per contest on 42 carries for a 4.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 79th in the country. SMU allows 427.9 total yards per game for an average of 5.4 yards per play, which ranks 86th in D-1. They force 2.3 turnovers per contest and 8.6 penalties for 81.4 yards in each contest, ranking 128th in the nation.
Memphis Betting Trends
Memphis is 5-3-0 against the over/under this season
Memphis has an ATS record of 2-6-0 this season
SMU Betting Trends
SMU is 3-5-0 against the over/under this season
SMU has an ATS record of 6-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/30/16 DB Dontrell Nelson Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. SMU
10/30/16 LB Shareef White Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. SMU
10/28/16 WR Jae'Lon Oglesby Suspension out indefinitely
10/28/16 DB Kam Prewitt Suspension out indefinitely
10/26/16 DL Michael Edwards Personal has left team
09/22/16 LB Jackson Dillon Knee out for season
09/12/16 WR Hunter Hill Knee out indefinitely
09/12/16 WR Mechane Slade Leg out indefinitely
08/30/16 QB Brady Davis Knee out for season
10/18/16 RB Xavier Jones Shoulder out indefinitely
09/19/16 LB Nick Horton Undisclosed out for season
09/12/16 QB Matt Davis Knee out for season
08/30/16 OL Chad Pursley ACL out for season
Guy's Pick: Take SMU
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