Tulane vs SMU College Football Betting Tips 11/30/2019
Game: Tulane Green Wave vs SMU Mustangs
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Location: Gerald J. Ford Stadium in University Park, TX
Odds/Point Spread: SMU -5
Justin McMillan and the Tulane Green Wave are headed to Gerald J. Ford Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the SMU Mustangs. Tulane opens this game as 5-point underdogs. The Green Wave are 8-3-0 ATS and 6-5-0 when betting on the total. The Mustangs are 9-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 6-5-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Tulane Green Wave faced the UCF Knights and ended up taking the loss by a score of 34-31. Justin McMillan paced the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 20 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for a total of 102 yards via 23 carries which meant he averaged 4.4 yards per run. Jalen McCleskey was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 77 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 25.7 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Green Wave was Justin McMillan who went 13/27 with 181 yards passing and tossed 1 touchdown. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Green Wave ran the ball 55 times and earned 221 yards which earned them an average of 4.0 yards per run. For the game, the Green Wave had a total of 21 1st downs and they had a total of 9 penalties for 51 yards telling us that this team was extremely undisciplined. For the game, they ran 82 plays for a total of 402 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Tulane conceded 25 completions on 47 tries totaling 319 yards, and a completion percentage of 53.2%. On the day, they allowed 484 yards but didn't get any takeaways. On the ground, the Green Wave conceded 165 yards on 42 attempts which means they had an average of 3.9 yards per carry allowed.
The Green Wave come into this game with a record of 6-5 for the 2019 season. For total yardage, they currently sit at 4th in the American Athletic Conference and 26th in Division 1 with 4,997 yards. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country with an average of 34.5 points per game, which has them at 26th in Division 1. As a unit, they have an average of 252.3 yards on the ground per game which is 2nd in the American Athletic Conference. The Green Wave have one of the average defenses in college football, allowing 26.5 points per contest which has them at 6th in the conference. In discussing yards on the ground, Tulane is allowing 162 yards per game ranking them 7th in the conference and 73rd in college football. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.4 yards per carry putting them 8th in the American Athletic Conference and 75th in the country overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,782 rushing yards through 11 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Green Wave have allowed 2,222 yards. Teams are completing 53.6% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 6.8 yards per try.
In their last game, the SMU Mustangs faced the Navy Midshipmen and took the defeat by a score of 35-28. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Mustangs was Shane Buechele who went 16/28 with 251 yards through the air and completed 2 touchdowns. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. Xavier Jones led the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 11 yards and he tallied 1 TD for the contest. He rushed for 61 yards via 18 carries which meant he averaged 3.4 yards per run. Rashee Rice was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 76 yards on 3 catches. He had an average of 25.3 yards per reception for the game. The Mustangs ran the ball a total of 27 times and earned a total of 93 yards giving them an average of 3.4 yards per run. On the day, the Mustangs racked up 15 1st downs and they had 4 penalties for 35 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. For the game, they finished with a total of 56 plays for 344 yards. In terms of defense, SMU allowed 9 completions on 15 tries for a total of 162 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.0%. For this contest, they allowed a total of 543 yards but weren't able to force a turnover. On the ground, the Mustangs allowed 381 yards on 71 runs which gave them an average of 5.4 yards per attempt allowed.
The Mustangs head into this matchup 9-2. SMU has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 184.9 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 41st in D-1. As a unit, they have a total of 2,034 rushing yards through 11 contests, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Mustangs average 506 yards per game overall putting them 8th in college football and 2nd in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs are giving up 32.9 points per contest ranking them 11th in the American Athletic Conference and 106th in the nation. In terms of points allowed, they have given up 362 points in total. When talking about yards on the ground, they are allowing 147.6 yards per contest which puts them at 57th in D-1 and 4th in the American Athletic Conference. For this year, they have conceded 1,624 yards on the ground and 11 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the middling groups in D-1. They are conceding 288.8 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Mustangs are ranked 11th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Green Wave/Mustangs college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Mustangs -5
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