SMU Mustangs vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 10/30/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: SMU Mustangs vs Houston Cougars
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Location: TDECU Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Cougars (-3)
TDECU Stadium is the site where the Houston Cougars (6-1) will try to beat the SMU Mustangs (7-0) on Saturday. SMU is 3-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 62.5.
The SMU Mustangs come into this matchup with a record of 7-0 for this season. In their last contest, the Mustangs played against the Tulane Green Wave and walked away with a win by a score of 55-26. Tanner Mordecai finished 30/42 with 427 yards through the air and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 180.4 and finished the game with no picks. Tre Siggers was the best rusher for the Mustangs with 15 carries for 81 yds (5.4 yds per carry). The SMU Mustangs ended up rushing 38 different times and amassed 174 yards, which had them averaging 4.6 yards per tote. In the game, they had 82 plays which totaled 612 yards. SMU relinquished 11 pass completions on 25 attempts for a total of 234 yds, and a completion rate of 44.0%. On the ground, the Mustangs conceded 194 yds on 39 tries, which is an average of 5.0 yards per rush allowed.
The Mustangs have tallied 3,690 total yards this season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, SMU has compiled 29 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 10 different times. SMU has earned 190 1st downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 35 penalties for 341 yards. Offensively they're holding an average of 193.9 yards via the ground game which has them sitting 38th in the nation. When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the SMU Mustangs are sitting at 42.7 points per game.
The Mustangs rank 62nd in D-1 when it comes to team defense, conceding 22.7 points per contest. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.0 yards per running attempt and 146.7 yards on the ground per game so far this season. During this campaign, they have conceded 1,027 rushing yards through 7 contests. Regarding passing yards, the Mustangs have conceded 1,745 yds which has them ranked 100th in the country. They are conceding 249.3 yards per outing via the pass in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 55.2%. In total, they are granting 396.0 yards/contest ranking them 95th in Division 1. They have yielded 13 touchdowns through the air as well as 6 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Cougars step onto the field holding a record of 6-1 this season. For their last game, the Cougars got the victory with a final of 31-24 against the East Carolina Pirates. Clayton Tune (2 TDs) ended the game with 169 yards on 19/29 passing while his QB rating was 137.2. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per attempt was 5.8. Alton McCaskill ran the ball 12 times for 60 yards, ending the contest with 5.0 yds per attempt for Houston. The Cougars finished the contest with 256 yards on 65 plays (3.9 yards per play). Houston ran for 2.4 yards per tote, finishing with 87 yds on 36 carries. Houston allowed 35 running attempts for 82 yards (2.3 yards per rush). The Cougars passing defense gave up a completion percentage of 62.2%, surrendering 283 yds on 23 for 37 passing.
The Houston Cougars have an average of 363.7 yards/contest, ranking them 92nd in the nation. The Houston offense has racked up 438 yds of penalties on 49 infractions, which ranks them 45th in the country in terms of helping out the other team. During this campaign so far, the Cougars have thrown for a total of 1,656 yards through the air not to mention holding an average of 236.6 passing yards per game, ranking them 63rd in the country. In relation to putting points on the board, the Cougars are 20th in Division 1 maintaining an average of 36.3 PPG.
The Cougars are relinquishing 17.3 PPG, which has them sitting 26th in Division 1. Houston has given up a total of 733 yards rushing (104.7 yards per contest) in addition to 7 touchdowns rushing for the season. In total, they have conceded 121 total points. They have conceded 7 touchdowns via the pass as well as 174.1 yards/game, which has them ranked 25th in D-1. The Cougars defense has been on the field for 424 plays, which has them sitting 22nd in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Mustangs/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Mustangs +3
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