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Prediction: SMU 41, Tulane 24.Oct 19, 2021

Can SMU extend unblemished record against Tulane in 2020?

We get some AACcollege football action on Friday night as SMU Mustangs will look to extend their unblemished record in 2020 against the Tulane Green Wave.

What time does SMU basketball play Tulane Green Wave?

Moody Coliseum in Dallas hosts the AAC regular season finale as SMU welcomes the Tulane Green Wave for a 3 p.m. EST tip. The Mustangs hold the No. 2 seed for the upcoming AAC Tournament, as the Houston Cougars hold a 2.5 game lead in the conference.

How can SMU keep up with Tulane’s triple-option offense?

SMU will keep it going. Tulane doesn’t run a triple-option like Navy does, but there are plenty of the same principles, and SMU was able to hold down the ground game. It’ll keep the Green Wave running attack from going off, but it’s not going to be easy.

How does Tulane’s pass rush beat SMU QB Tanner Mordecai?

The Tulane pass rush has the talent and pop to bother Tanner Mordecai and the SMU passing game that gets the ball out of his hands in a hurry, and the Green Wave passing attack will hit at least 200 yards against an SMU secondary that had issues with just about everyone who could throw. Mordecai has been just that good.

When SMU Has the Ball

It hurts losing players like Roberson and McDaniel, but head coach Sonny Dykes is known for offense, so of course he will have talented players in the pipeline ready to step up as replacements.

When Tulane Has the Ball

The Houston offense gashed Tulane last week, as the Green Wave surrendered 476 total yards and 49 points last week, both of which were season highs. Now they have to take on an SMU offense averaging 44.0 ppg and over 558.8 yards per contest, both of which are top-five marks in the nation.

Final Analysis

Maybe SMU wants to think about letting Tulane score a few touchdowns in the first quarter before ramping up the offense, as the Green Wave have struggled to hold leads in 2020, losing both AAC games after being up by double-digits.

Money line

SMU (-600) will cost you six times your potential return. That’s just too much risk for not much reward. Over the long term, betting heavy favorites like that will come back to bite you.

Against the spread

SMU -13.5 (-110) is an attractive play with this line under a flat 14. The Mustangs should be able to make plenty of noise against a Tulane defense yielding 40.2 points per game (PPG), good for 127th out of 130 FBS teams. The Green Wave have also been steamrolled for 475.2 total yards per game to rank 122nd.

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