Memphis vs. SMU fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, November 16
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
Memphis (6-4) vs. SMU (5-5) Game Preview
What’s Going To Happen
With Houston whacking around Tulane on Thursday night, SMU needs to win to keep pace in the AAC West race.
If the Mustangs win, all they need to do is beat a lowly Tulsa team to go off to the American Athletic Conference championship.
And becoming bowl eligible isn’t a bad deal in the first season under Sonny Dykes isn’t a bad deal, either.
It’s an even easier deal for Memphis. Thanks to Tulane losing – the Green Wave beat MU earlier in the year – the Tigers take the West by beating SMU on Friday night and Houston at home next week.
Both offenses are on fire. It took a while for SMU to get going, but it’s there now, putting up 107 points in the last two weeks – both wins – with QB Ben Hicks catching fire with over 1,200 yards and ten touchdowns over the last four games.
But the Mustangs can’t stop the run.
Memphis might be getting a nice season out of QB Brady White, but it’s the ground game that’s carrying the team, with 200 yards or more against everyone but Tulane. SMU might be able to get into the backfield, and it’s got an aggressive enough D to be disruptive throughout, but it’s not stopping the backfield tandem of Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor.
Henderson is in the mix for the Doak Walker, tearing off almost 1,446 yards and 17 scores, averaging more than nine yards per carry.
Both offenses will put up big numbers in the back-and-forth shootout, but the Tiger balance will be a bit too much.
Memphis can move the chains on third downs. SMU can’t. The Tigers will go on the late drives the Mustangs won’t.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Memphis 52, SMU 40
Line: Memphis -7.5, o/u: 73.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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