Free Week 1 Prediction: Mustangs vs. Red Wolves Odds
Looking for SMU Mustangs vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves free picks? Week 1 betting sees the Mustangs taking on the Red Wolves on Saturday, August 31 at Centennial Bank Stadium Jonesboro, Arkansas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Mustangs Red Wolves free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) SMU Mustangs vs. Arkansas State Wildcats (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Centennial Bank Stadium Jonesboro, Arkansas
NCAA Football Spread: Arkansas State -2.5
NCAA Betting Total: 58
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The NCAA season is finally here and we have a Saturday filled with college football. In this game the SMU Mustangs make the trip to the Centennial Bank Stadium to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
The SMU Mustangs were one win away from making a bowl game last year, and this year the expectations are high that they can get back to that level.
The good news for the Mustangs is they have Shane Buechele who played with the Texas Longhorns as their starting quarterback this year.
They also have a one-two punch at running back with Xavier Jones and Ke’mon Freeman coming out of the backfield and that should make for an exciting offense.
There are still some questions about the defense and if they can have success, but the expectation is that the offense will have success.
Arkansas State Red Wolves
On the other side of this matchup is the Arkansas State Wolves who will be playing with a heavy heart as their head coach Blake Anderson’s wife passed away last week.
There are a lot of changes around this team and it starts with the quarterback. It’s Logan Bonner who will be the starting quarterback for the Red Wolves this season under center.
The Red Wolves offense should still be strong, even with a change at quarterback because there are a lot of other skill position players back.
On the defensive side there are still some questions especially with the secondary. In this game they need to find a way to slow down Buechele.
They might come out ahead in a shootout but if the secondary could surprise people this year, that would really help.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Methodist’s last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Methodist’s last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arkansas State’s last 5 games
- Arkansas State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
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This is a game I would stay away from, because there are a lot of unknown’s on both sides, but especially with Arkansas State.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Mustangs ATS
There is no doubt the Red Wolves are going to want to have success for their head coach, but will too much emotion hurt their chances for success.
I still think there is a chance they could have success, but I have to go with the better quarterback in this one. I think the Mustangs offense is going to be too much, and that will lead to a victory. I would take the points just to be safe though.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Mustangs 31 – Red Wolves 28
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