Connecticut at SMU College Football Picks & Predictions 9/30/2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Get todays College Football Odds & Lines on this game
The Connecticut Huskies head to Gerald J. Ford Stadium to play the SMU Mustangs on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has SMU as 19.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 74.5. The Huskies are 0-3-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-1-0. The Mustangs are 4-0-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 3-1-0.
Valuable Connecticut Huskies Betting Trends
The Connecticut Huskies are 2-1-0 against the over/under
The Connecticut Huskies are 0-3-0 against the spread
Important SMU Mustangs Betting Trends
The SMU Mustangs are 3-1-0 against the over/under
The SMU Mustangs are 4-0-0 against the spread
Key Connecticut Huskies Injuries
09/25/17 WR Hergy Mayala Ankle injured last game, doubtful Saturday vs. SMU
09/24/17 DB Anthony Watkins Concussion "?" Saturday vs. SMU
09/24/17 LS Nick Zecchino Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. SMU
08/27/17 LB E. J. Levenberry Knee out indefinitely
08/16/17 DL Philippe Okounam Knee out indefinitely
Key SMU Mustangs Injuries
09/25/17 DB Christian Davis Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Connecticut
09/20/17 DE Mason Gentry Back out indefinitely
09/12/17 DB Cedric Lancaster Elbow out indefinitely
08/20/17 OL Braylon Hyder Left Team out for season
08/20/17 OL Jerry Saena Left Team out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Connecticut Huskies are 103rd in the country in points scored with 83. They have run 222 plays this year for 1,468 yards, which ranks them 52nd in Division 1 in total offense. The Huskies average 6.6 yards per play, which is 28th in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 68 1st downs this season, ranking them 96th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Connecticut has run for 557 yards as a unit, which ranks 83rd in college football. They've run 116 times, averaging 4.8 yards per rush as a unit. The Huskies have been penalized on offense 9 times for 85 yards so far this year, which has them 128th in the country in penalties. Bryant Shirreffs has passed for 351 yards this year. He's completed 27 throws while attempting 39 passes for a completion percentage of 69.2%. His quarterback rating this season is 165.1. He averages 9.4 adjusted yards per throw and 9 yards per pass attempt.
Connecticut is 77th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 99. They have given up a total of 1,669 yards on D, which is 99th in D-1. The Huskies are 123rd in yards per play allowed with 7. Opponent offenses have completed 93 throws on 135 attempts against the Connecticut Huskies defense this season, ranking them 117th and 95th in the nation. The Connecticut pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,239 yards in the air, which is 126th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 104 attempts for 430 yards this season, putting them in 36th place in the country against the run. The Huskies have had 27 penalties for 252 yards on defense this year. That places them 97th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Connecticut is 103rd in the country in punt returns with 4. They've totaled 36 punt return yards and average 9 yards per return, which is 45th in D-1. They have returned 9 kicks for 229 yards on special teams, which puts them 52nd in kick return yardage. The Huskies average 25 yards per kick return and they are 76th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,733. The Connecticut Huskies have tried 2 field goals this year and made 1, which is 119th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 50%. Connecticut Huskies kickers have made 89% of their extra points, going 8 for 9 this season. Their punters have accumulated 464 yards on 12 punts, averaging 39 yards per punt. That ranks them 110th in the NCAA in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Mustangs have run for 780 yards as a team, which ranks 38th in college football. They've run 166 times, averaging 4.7 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The SMU Mustangs have been penalized on offense 23 times for 223 yards so far this season, which has them 67th in the country in penalties. They are 5th in the nation in points scored with 192. They have run 300 plays this season for 2,001 yards, which ranks them 22nd in Division 1 in total offense. SMU averages 6.7 yards per play, which is 26th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 95 1st downs this year, placing them 27th overall as an offensive unit. Ben Hicks averages 7.8 yards per pass attempt and 8.3 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 62 passes on 127 attempts for a completion percentage of 48.8%. His quarterback rating this year is 135.9. He has thrown for 995 yards this season.
The SMU Mustangs rush defense has allowed 140 attempts for 541 yards this year, putting them in 68th place in D-1 against the run. SMU has committed 40 penalties for 327 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 122nd in college football. They are 102nd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 123. They have surrendered a total of 1,758 yards on D, which is 106th in the country. The Mustangs are ranked 102nd in yards per play allowed with 6. Opposing offenses have completed 95 passes on 151 attempts against the SMU defense this season, placing them 122nd and 117th in Division 1. The SMU Mustangs pass defense has also given up a total of 1,217 yards through the air, which is 122nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The SMU Mustangs have attempted 8 field goals this season and made 6, which is 35th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 75%. SMU kickers have made 88% of their extra points, going 22 for 25 this year. Their punters have totaled 769 yards on 19 punts, averaging 41 yards per punt. That places them 90th in Division 1 in punting average. SMU is ranked 102nd in the nation in punt returns with 4. They've accumulated 15 punt return yards and average 3.8 yards per return, which is 97th in college football. They have returned 11 kicks for 236 yards on special teams, ranking 45th in kick return yardage. The SMU Mustangs average 22 yards per kick return and they are 19th in the country in all-purpose yards with 2,252.
Who will win tonight's Huskies/Mustangs college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Huskies +19.5
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Tony Sink
Get all of this Weeks College Football Picks
Get all of this Weeks guaranteed Expert College Football Picks