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How and what to watch for No. 19 SMU vs. Tulsa

Tulsa is favored to pull off the home upset over the ranked Mustangs.

SMU Mustangs quarterback Shane Buechele looks for a receiver during the game between SMU and Navy on October 31, 2020 at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX. Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The second and third place teams in the AAC will duke it out on Saturday night when the No. 19 SMU Mustangs cross state lines to meet the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Sonny Dykes’ Mustangs continued to roll last Saturday, firebombing Temple for 27 fourth quarter points to pick up the 47-23 road victory. Veteran quarterback Shane Buechele was on point with a 300+ yard, four-touchdown day, and his receivers Kylen Granson and Tyler Page had a lot to do with it. The tandem combined for 15 receptions, 280 yards and three of those scores.

The last time Tulsa hit the field was on Friday, Oct. 30 where they defeated ECU 34-30 in controversial fashion. The Pirate defense had seemingly put the Golden Hurricane away on three separate occasions on the final drive before three separate ref calls allowed for Tulsa to be in a position to pull ahead on a one-yard T.K. Wilkerson touchdown with 27 seconds left in the ballgame.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch SMU vs. Tulsa on Saturday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: SMU vs. Tulsa (PK)
Point Total: O/U 65.5
Money line: SMU (-112), Tulsa (-109)

  • Tulsa has covered the spread in each of its last seven games against AP-ranked teams.
  • Seven of Tulsa’s last eight games against AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.
  • Tulsa covered the spread as an 11.5 point underdog in last year’s matchup between the two programs. An over of 64 hit in a 43-37 SMU win.

Betting splits

SMU: (64% of handle, 61% percent of bets)
Tulsa: (36% of handle, 39% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Ranked 14th in offensive SP+ according to Bill Connelly, SMU’s offense hasn’t been stopped this season, putting up at least 30 points in seven out of their eight matchups. With a smaller sample size, Tulsa has shown their ability to turn on the jets with point totals of 34, 42 and 34 in their last three victories respectively. Take the over here.

Pick: Over 65.5

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