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Cougars home to Mustangs in NCAAF betting action

Southern Methodist MustangsHouston Cougars
Nov 19, 3:30 PM | Grass of John O`Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Houston Cougars Odds


The Houston Cougars will look to stay undefeated and keep their BCS bowl hopes alive this week when they host the SMU Mustangs.

Houston is 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS this season with an average margin of victory of just under 32 points, and is 7-1 SU in their last eight against SMU.

Case Keenum passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns before taking the rest of the night off in Houston’s blowout win over Tulane.

The Cougars currently sports a record of 10-0, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 8-2 ATS. The Mustangs are 6-4 and 4-6 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cougars post a 7-3 over under record this season, while the Mustangs have gone 4-6 against the number.

View Southern Methodist vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup the Cougars sat as 20-point favorites . The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 38 (Cougars) and the No. 61 (Mustangs) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 64-36 result in favor of the Cougars is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 1-ranked offense (54.7 PPG) against a Mustangs defense that ranks No. 44 at 23.3 PPG. The Cougars passing attack has averaged 455.7 yards per game, more than the Mustangs give up through the air (215.9 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Mustangs own the league's No. 39-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 142.4 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 69 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Last time out for Southern Methodist, they were a 24-17 loser as they battled Navy at home. Southern Methodist failed to cover in the match as a 8.5-point favorite, while 41 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Houston was a 73-17 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Tulane. They covered the 34–point spread as favorites, while the total score (90) made winners of OVER bettors.

Southern Methodist Mustangs Trends:
When playing in November are 6-4
When playing on grass are 2-8
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 6-4

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing in November are 5-5
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 7-3

A few Mustangs at Cougars trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Southern Methodist's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Southern Methodist's last 16 games
Southern Methodist is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Methodist's last 6 games when playing Houston
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Southern Methodist
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Southern Methodist

Next up:
Southern Methodist home to Rice, Saturday, November 26
Houston at Tulsa, Saturday, November 26