NCAAF

SMU Mustangs vs BYU Cougars

SMU
Mustangs
7 - 5
BYU
Cougars
7 - 5
December 17, 2022, 7:30 PM EST
 | University Stadium

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SMU
Mustangs
7 - 5
BYU
Cougars
7 - 5
December 17, 2022, 7:30 PM EST
 | University Stadium
  • Two of the most potent attacks in the nation meet in the New Mexico Bowl as the SMU Mustangs (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS) take on the BYU Cougars (7-5, 4-8). SMU is seeking its first bowl victory in a decade, but BYU has covered just two of its last eight postseason contests.

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    New Mexico Bowl: SMU vs BYU Betting Preview

    • Date/Time: December 17, 2:15 p.m. ET
    • Stadium: University Stadium
    • TV Coverage: ESPN
    • Sportsbook New Mexico Bowl Odds: SMU -1.5 | O/U 70.5
    • SMU vs BYU Betting Matchup Report

    New Mexico Bowl Sportsbook Odds

    Oddsmakers opened this game in a pick’em range, and that’s where the point spread still sat at the time of writing after there was no significant early line movement in either direction. Be sure to monitor the odds, however, as they could drastically shift once the status of several BYU star players is confirmed. The total opened north of 70, one of just three bowl games to have an OVER/UNDER set that high.

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    Latest Betting Notes: SMU

    Led by NFL-bound quarterback Tanner Mordecai, the Mustangs feature one of the nation’s best passing attacks, averaging nearly 325 yards per game through the air. Mordecai, who threw for 3,306 yards and 31 touchdowns despite playing nearly half the season with broken ribs, often looks for Rashee Rice, whose 1,355 receiving yards are the second-most in college football.

    As good as the Mustangs are on the offensive side of the ball, they’re as bad on the defensive side. SMU has surrendered 59 points or more in two of its last four games and gave up nearly 450 total yards per game during the regular season.

    Unfortunately for bettors, the Mustangs’ tendency to play high-scoring games isn’t a secret, especially to oddsmakers. SMU has actually gone UNDER the total in seven of its 12 games this year — many of them lined in the high 60s or low 70s — and is also 5-1 to the UNDER in its last six postseason contests.

    Latest Betting Notes: BYU

    Before you bet on this game, make sure to check on the status of BYU quarterback Jaren Hall and wide receiver Puka Nacua. Both seniors have indicated their desire to play in the New Mexico Bowl, but they could end up deciding to sit this game out to prepare for the NFL draft. Hall is also dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to leave BYU’s regular-season finale against Stanford.

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    If Hall doesn’t play, the Cougars don’t have much depth at the quarterback position after backup Jacob Conover entered the transfer portal. That could mean BYU leans even more on a ground game that produced 358 yards against the Cardinal, averaging more than seven yards per carry.

    Keys To Victory: SMU

    Mordecai will want to put on a show in his final game before entering the draft, and there will be plenty of other opportunities to do that against BYU’s 93rd-ranked defense. The Mustangs’ pass rush has also improved as the year has gone along, which could test the health of Hall’s ankle — if BYU’s starter suits up at all.

    Keys To Victory: BYU

    The Cougars ran wild in their last game and they could do so again against an SMU front that is allowing more than 200 rushing yards per game this season. Hall’s availability will also be huge in a game where the Cougars may have to score 40 points to win.

    New Mexico Bowl Computer Pick: BYU +1.5

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    Shark Bites
    • SMU is 7-0 SU in its last 7 games as a favorite.
    • BYU is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 vs teams with winning records.
    • The OVER is 9-3 in BYU’s last 12 games.

Odds

Saturday, December 17 Sat Dec 17


Opening
Current

vs7:30pm ET
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
-1.5
-105
-118
o70.5
-105
+1.5
-105
+108
u70.5
-105
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
-4.5
-110
-190
o65.5
-105
+4.5
-110
+165
u65.5
-115

Edge Finder

38.42
Total Score
31.92
322.75
Passing Yards
266.00
154.92
Rushing Yards
173.50
27:48
Time on Field
28:58
76.50
Number of Plays
64.67
6.27
Yards Per Play
6.81
38.42
Total Score
31.92
8.00
First Quarter
9.08
12.58
Second Quarter
8.17
10.08
Third Quarter
7.67
7.75
Fourth Quarter
6.50
322.75
Passing Yards
266.00
39.67
Pass Attempts
31.67
25.50
Pass Completions
20.83
1.58
Sacks
1.00
10.33
Sack Yards
5.33
12.66
Yards Per Pass
12.77
154.92
Rushing Yards
173.50
36.83
Rush Attempts
33.00
4.21
Yards Per Rush
5.26
0.83
Interceptions
0.50
1.67
Fumbles
0.92
0.75
Fumbles Lost
0.25
1.58
Total Turnovers
0.75
4.42
Penalties
5.83
42.83
Penalty Yards
53.67
27:48
Time on Field
28:58
76.50
Number of Plays
64.67
6.27
Yards Per Play
6.81
3.00
Punts
3.00
43.85
Punt Average
44.79
48.67
Return Yards
52.17

Head To Head

SMU
Stat Type BYU
0-2
Record
2-0
1-1
ATS
1-1
0-0
O/U
0-0
9.50
Score
25.00
105.50
Rush Yds
120.50
22.50
Pass Attempts
30.50
42.22
Completion %
75.41
117.50
Passing Yds
295.50
223
Total Yds
416
0.50
Turnovers
3.00
SMU
Stat Type BYU
0-2
Record
2-0
1-1
ATS
1-1
0-0
O/U
0-0
9.50
Score
25.00
105.50
Rush Yds
120.50
22.50
Pass Attempts
30.50
42.22
Completion %
75.41
117.50
Passing Yds
295.50
223
Total Yds
416
0.50
Turnovers
3.00
Sep 27/97 (1 of 2)
SMU
Stat Type BYU
Home
Away
16
Score
19
+11
ATS
-11
O/U
120
Rush Yds
71
22
Pass Attempts
30
45.45
Completion %
73.33
108
Passing Yds
216
228
Total Yds
287
0
Turnovers
3
Sep 28/96 (2 of 2)
SMU
Stat Type BYU
Away
Home
3
Score
31
+14
ATS
-14
O/U
91
Rush Yds
170
23
Pass Attempts
31
39.13
Completion %
77.42
127
Passing Yds
375
218
Total Yds
545
1
Turnovers
3

Team Records

SMU
Record BYU
7-5
All
7-5
4-2
Home
4-2
3-3
Away
3-2
0-0
Neutral Site
0-1
5-7
ATS
4-8
2-4
ATS Home
1-5
3-3
ATS Away
3-2
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-1
5-7
O/U
8-4
3-3
O/U Home
4-2
2-4
O/U Away
4-1
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-1
SMU
Record BYU
5-3
All
0-2
3-1
Home
0-0
2-2
Away
0-1
0-0
Neutral Site
0-1
4-4
ATS
0-2
2-2
ATS Home
0-0
2-2
ATS Away
0-1
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-1
4-4
O/U
0-2
2-2
O/U Home
0-0
2-2
O/U Away
0-1
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-1
SMU
Record BYU
5-5
All
5-5
3-2
Home
3-2
2-3
Away
2-2
0-0
Neutral Site
0-1
4-6
ATS
2-8
2-3
ATS Home
0-5
2-3
ATS Away
2-2
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-1
5-5
O/U
7-3
3-2
O/U Home
4-1
2-3
O/U Away
3-1
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-1

Gametime Weather

Weather
6:30pm Partly Cloudy
-7ºC / 20ºF
40% Humidity
1% Precipitation
53% Cloud Cover
Wind Impact Stadium Type Open
Field Image
Arrow Image 5
mph

Injuries

NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries
NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries

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Nov 26, 2022MEM34-31W-4.5/68.5-L/U113311424152270439-1
Nov 17, 2022TUL24-59L+3.5/65-L/O1413104703101384514
Nov 12, 2022USF41-23W-17.5/72.5-W/U273280553179186381-1
Nov 5, 2022HOU77-63W-3.5/66-W/O263378642182516710-3
Oct 29, 2022TULSA45-34W-1/63.5-W/O158304468182180398-1
Oct 22, 2022CINCY27-29L+3.5/59.5-W/U801792591792003791
Oct 14, 2022NAVY40-34W-12.5/58.5-L/O105336441372138510-2
Oct 5, 2022UCF19-41L+3/65-L/U1133634761603244842
Sep 24, 2022TCU34-42L+2.5/72-L/O1043724761912964872
Sep 17, 2022MARY27-34L+3/73.5-L/U1513695202252144391
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Nov 19, 2022DIXIST52-26W-38.5/64.5-L/O220449676803404201
Nov 5, 2022BOISE31-28W+9.5/54.5-W/O1553775321042103241
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Oct 22, 2022LIB14-41L-7/58-L/U71187258300247547-2
Oct 15, 2022ARK35-52L-1/66.5-L/O1153564712773676442
Oct 8, 2022ND20-28L+3.5/51.5-L/U1561202762342624960
Sep 29, 2022UTST38-26W-26/60-L/O117280397204188392-3
Sep 24, 2022WYOM38-24W-21/50-L/O1883375251241542780
Sep 17, 2022OREG20-41L+3.5/58-L/O61305366212227439-1
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