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Point Spread Favors the Cougars in NCAA College Football Battle with the SMU Mustangs

SMU visits Houston on Saturday, hoping to send the Cougars to a loss while also covering the spread in college football betting action at TDECU Stadium.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans backing the Houston Cougars here saw them at Bovada as -8.5-point favorites in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)

Earlier, Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game picked a 33-30 victory for the Cougars. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

SMU Mustangs vs Houston Cougars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Houston will face the 4-1 SMU Mustangs, who own a 5-0 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Houston Cougars are 0-4 so far this season while the Mustangs are 4-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs SMU injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Houston Cougars rated this week at No. 39 and the SMU Mustangs sitting at No. 64.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Houston Cougars No. 90-ranked offense (25.25 PPG) against a SMU Mustangs defense that ranks No. 94 at 30.2 PPG. The Houston Cougars passing attack has averaged 280.5 yards per game, less than the SMU Mustangs give up through the air (325 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the SMU Mustangs own the league's No. 103-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 254 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 98 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

SMU won its last game, 49-28 over UCONN on Saturday, behind a 116-yard receiving performance from Trey Quinn at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

The Cougars grabbed a Week 5 victory over the Owls in their last game, winning 20-13 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Betting Trends
  • Southern Methodist is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Southern Methodist is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Methodist's last 6 games
  • Southern Methodist is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Houston is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Houston is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 18-6-1 ATS in its last 25 games on the road

Next Betting Matchups

SMU at Cincinnati, Saturday, October 21st
Houston at Tulsa, Saturday, October 14th