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SMU vs. Houston, 10/22/19 Week 9 Predictions & Preview

Can No. 16 SMU go on the road in a short week and put up a big number against struggling Houston on Thursday at 7:30PM ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

103 SMU vs. 104 Houston

Thursday, October 24, 2019

7:30PM ET – TDECU Stadium


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Public Betting Trends

According to the latest oddsmakers, SMU is the favorite on the road, as the Mustangs are getting odds of -13.5 points against Houston. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 67.5 points. The public betting currently has 78 percent going on SMU as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Mustangs still perfect

SMU remains unbeaten after an impressive 45-21 win at home over a solid Temple team this past weekend. The Mustangs are 7-0 on the year, 3-0 in the AAC, 6-1 against the spread and 7-0 with the over.

Scoring points hasn’t been a problem for SMU this season. The Mustangs are averaging 44.3 points and 521.1 yards per game this year. Shane Buechele is leading the offense with 2,122 passing yards and 18 touchdowns while Xavier Jones has 751 rushing yards and 12 scores. Reggie Roberson Jr. is the leading receiver on the team with 42 catches for 795 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, SMU is allowing 27.3 points and 370 yards per game. Patrick Nelson is leading the defense with 45 tackles, 7.5 sacks and an interception.

Cougars win on the road

Houston has won two of its last three games, both on the road, following a 24-17 win at Connecticut last weekend. Houston is 3-4 on the year, 1-2 in the AAC, 3-4 against the spread and 3-3-1 with the over/under total.

The Cougars have been giving up a lot of points this season, as they are allowing 30.7 points and 470.3 yards per game. Offensively, Houston is putting up 30.9 points and 395.4 yards per contest. The Cougars have still been getting over QB D’Eriq King and WR Keith Corbin electing to take a redshirt just a few games into the season. Clayton Tune is another QB that is hurt as well, as he is questionable for this game with a hamstring injury. Logan Holgorsen got some play last week and threw for 128 yards and a TD. Kyle Porter has rushed for 448 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offense while Marquez Stevenson has 29 catches for 445 yards and four scores.

College Football Betting Trends


The Mustangs have hit the over in five straight following a win and in four of their last five road games.


The Cougars are 7-1 with the over in their last eight conference games and in eight of their last 10 against a winning team.


The home team has won four straight in this series and these two have hit the under in four of their last six encounters. SMU is going to score points in this game, as they are putting up consistent numbers at home and one the road. They will get into the 40’s again, even on a short week. Houston has a lot of offensive questions, but I think the Cougars can do enough to get some points on the board as well. Even with the departures, Houston has put up at least 23 points in all their games.

College Football Week 9 Prediction: SMU/Houston Over 67.5

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