Free College Football Picks Today: Southern Methodist University Mustangs vs Houston Cougars 11/5/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Southern Methodist University Mustangs vs Houston Cougars 11/5/22
Sat 5th November 2022

The No. 25 University of Houston Cougars (5-3, 3-1 AAC) will be out to extend their winning run when they travel to take on the Southern Methodist University Mustangs (4-4, 2-2 AAC) at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on Saturday. The Mustangs are three-point favorites, and the total is 66.5. Houston is coming off an impressive 42-27 win over South Florida at TDECU Stadium last Saturday, their third straight victory.

Clayton Tune threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Stacy Sneed ran 10 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Nathaniel Dell caught nine passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. SMU beat Tulsa 45-34 at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium last Saturday. Preston Stone was 11 of 17 for 310 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Lavine carried 17 times for 72 yards and three touchdowns. Rashee Rice added two touchdowns of his own. He hauled in nine receptions for 180 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Cougars won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 44-37 victory in October. Clayton Tune threw four touchdowns for Houston, as Nathaniel Dell scored three times. Tanner Mordecai tossed three touchdowns for SMU, as Tre Siggers added two TDs (1 rush, 1 rec).

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Cougars are averaging 33.5 points per game for the season, sixth in the AAC, and they are facing a Mustangs defense that has surrendered 30.0 PPG (7th). Meanwhile, SMU has scored 35.6 points a game this season, second in the conference, and Houston is allowing 31.1 PPG (8th).The Cougars rank 32nd in the country in passing yards per game (276.9) and 74th in rushing (141.9).

They will look to take advantage on the ground, as the Mustangs are 117th in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (201.9). Against the pass, SMU is 52nd (219.5).SMU has been one of the nation’s top passing teams, averaging 325.0 passing yards per game (9th), while ranking 87th in rushing yards (133.6). The Cougars are allowing 256.3 passing yards (98th) and 148.4 rushing yards per game (75th).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through eight games, Clayton Tune has thrown for 21 touchdowns (4 INT) and 276.0 yards per game to lead Houston in passing. In four away games this season, he has 12 TDs (2 INT) and an average of 274.8 yards passing. Brandon Campbell leads the team in rushing with an average of 51.3 yards a game over seven games.

He has three touchdowns on the ground and two through the air. Nathaniel Dell is the Cougars’ leading receiver with 92.4 yards a game and 10 TDs. Tanner Mordecai has 16 passing touchdowns (7 INT) with 303.0 yards per game through seven games to lead SMU. In four home games this season, he has thrown for nine TDs (4 INT) and an average of 256.2 yards.

Velton Gardner has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 55.4 yards a game through five games. He has one touchdown. Rashee Rice has been a star in the Mustangs’ passing game. He has six touchdowns and a 122.8 yard per game average through eight appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

SMU (-160)

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