SMU vs. Tulane Week 7 Prediction
American Athletic Conference foes square off on Friday night when SMU visits Tulane at 6:00 p.m. ET. With the Mustangs laying 6.5 points as a road favorite and the total sitting at 64.5, what’s the best play for bettors when it comes to this matchup?
107 SMU Mustangs (-6.5) at 108 Tulane (+6.5); o/u 64.5
Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
6:00 p.m. ET, Friday, October 16, 2020
SMU Mustangs Game Notes
SMU senior WR Reggie Roberson (knee) and sophomore RB TJ McDaniel (ankle) will undergo season-ending surgery, HC Sonny Dykes announced on Monday. These are two huge personnel losses for the Mustangs, with both players suffering their injuries during SMU’s October 3 win over Memphis. McDaniels suffered a dislocated ankle on the first play from scrimmage, while Roberson went down with a torn ACL in the third quarter. “I hate it for both of them,” Dykes said Monday. “TJ is one of the hardest workers in our program. Reggie has been an unbelievable playmaker for us. He was playing with a ton of confidence. I mean, he had 250+ yards and that was early in the third quarter when he got injured. He was well on his way to having a really big game.” Among those who will be asked to step up for the 4-0 Mustangs are RB Ulysses Bentley IV, receivers Rashee Rice and Danny Gray, and TE Kylen Granson.
Tulane Green Wave Game Notes
Tulane freshman QB Michael Pratt completed 11-of-25 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night’s 49-31 loss to Houston. Through a couple games of action, it has been up and down for Pratt. On the one hand, he has yet to throw an interception over 44 passing attempts, which feels like a win for a youngster. On the other hand, he has only completed 20 of those passes, signaling a major issue with accuracy and playing within the structure of the system. All of those issues are to be expected of a freshman, especially when having to play some serious catch up against a blazing Houston offense in the second half of this one. Stay tuned to see if Pratt remains the starter for next week’s game against SMU.
SMU vs. Tulane Betting Prediction
The Mustangs have covered in five of the last six meetings with the Green Wave at Tulane and are 4-1 against the number in the last five meetings overall. The road team has also cashed in 11 of the last 14 meetings between these two teams while SMU is also 8-3 at the betting window in its last 11 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in its previous game. On the other side, the Green Wave are just 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 games when playing on Friday night and are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games as an underdog.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 7 BETTING PREDICTION: SMU MUSTANGS -6.5