SMU Mustangs vs East Carolina Pirates Prediction, 11/28/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: SMU Mustangs vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Location: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: SMU (-10.5)
Shane Buechele and the SMU Mustangs (7-2) go to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the East Carolina Pirates (2-6). East Carolina opens this contest as 10.5-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 68.5.
In their last game, the SMU Mustangs took on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and left there with a loss by a score of 28-24. Ulysses Bentley IV paced the team in rushing in this outing. He tore off a long run of 22 yards and he added 1 touchdown in this contest. He racked up a total of 103 yards on 26 carries which gave him an average of 4.0 yards per run. Danny Gray led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 93 yards on 8 catches. He notched an average of 11.6 yards per catch in this outing. Shane Buechele went 18/36 with 200 yards by way of the pass and tossed 1 TD. He gave away 1 pick for the contest.
Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the SMU Mustangs have an average of 38.7 points per outing. As a team they have an average of 188.3 yards rushing ranking them 43rd in the nation. The Mustangs have earned 4,561 total yards for this campaign. With reference to distribution of touchdowns, SMU has totaled 21 passing touchdowns and 21 touchdowns on the ground. The Mustangs rank 71st in D-1 concerning team defense, allowing 28.6 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.3 yards per rush on the ground and 182.6 yards on the ground per game on the campaign. During the season, they have allowed 1,643 rushing yards through 9 outings. When it comes to yards via the pass, the Mustangs have conceded 2,086 yards which puts them in 122nd in college football. In their 9 games played, they have conceded 231.8 yards per contest through the air and conceding a completion percentage of 56.8%. In total, they have surrendered 414.3 yards/outing ranking them 81st in college football.
For his career, Buechele has thrown for 11,346 yards with 85 TD's and 30 picks. Since he has been in college, he has attempted running the football 281 different times totaling 478 rushing yds. His QB rating is 143.5 with a touchdown rate of 5.8% and an interception rate of 2.1%. He is throwing for 252.1 yds per game. Shane Buechele has connected on 917 of his attempted career 1,457 tosses for a completion percentage of 62.9%.
In their last outing, the East Carolina Pirates played the Temple Owls and took home the victory by a score of 28-3. Holton Ahlers went 11/22 with 182 yards by way of the pass and tossed 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 interception for the game. Keaton Mitchell paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 34 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for 103 yards via 13 carries which had him averaging 7.9 yards per run. C.J. Johnson was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 86 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 28.7 yards per reception for that contest.
During this campaign so far, the Pirates have compiled 1,727 passing yards as well as holding an average of 215.9 passing yards per game, ranking them 80th in college football. The East Carolina Pirates hold an average of 391.4 yards per outing which has them sitting 72nd in the country. They hold an average of 175.5 yards per game on the ground and have run for 1,404 yards for the season. When discussing their scoring prowess, the Pirates rank 72nd in college football by tallying 27.5 PPG. The Pirates are conceding 35.1 points per contest, ranking them 109th in Division 1. This year, they have relinquished 281 points in total. East Carolina has surrendered a total of 1,742 rushing yards (217.8 yards/game) as well as 20 touchdowns on the ground this season. They have allowed 15 touchdowns through the air as well as 237.5 yards per game, which has them sitting 78th in the nation.
Ahlers has thrown for 47 touchdowns while tossing 22 interceptions in his collegiate career. His TD percentage when attempting a pass is 5.0% and his interception rate is 2.3%. He has rushed for 1,059 yds on 273 tries. He averages 234.3 yards per game through the air with a 128.9 QB rating. In the 29 contests in his career, Holton Ahlers has completed 536 of 945 attempts for a total of 6,795 yards.
Who will win tonight's Mustangs/Pirates college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates +10.5
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