Free Week 1 Prediction: Mustangs vs. Bobcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) SMU Mustangs vs. Texas State Bobcats (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 5th, 2020
Time: 4:30 PM EST
Venue: Jim Wacker Field, San Marcos, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: SMU -20.5
NCAA Betting Total: O/U 68.5
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SMU will open week 1 of there 2020 college football season on the road taking on the Texas State Bobcats in a battle of Texas schools.
The Mustangs had a 10-3 record in 2019 under head coach Sonny Dykes who will try to make it to his first AAC championship this season. SMU was even ranked for two weeks in the AP poll in 2019 and will try to make it last a bit longer this year.
Mustangs are set up to have a huge season on the offensive side of the ball with Steve Buechele returning under center. They were the 13th ranked offense in all of college football last season that’s better than the likes of Florida, Auburn, and Texas Tech.
Buechele cruised while being the signal-caller with 3,929 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Forget about running the ball on Saturday night there is going to be some fireworks in the air as he’s going up against the 125th defense in college football last season with Texas State.
The issue for the Stangs is defensively they are a liability as they allowed 288.6 yards through the air last season and that needs to change if they want a shot at capturing the AAC title.
Texas State Bobcats
Jake Spivital returns for his second year as the head coach of the Texas State Bobcats. After a less than stellar 2019 going 3-9 in his first year, Spivital will try to install more of his coaching philosophy into the team and improve that record.
Sophomore transfer Brady Mcbride has been named the starter for Jake Spivital’s squad for the home opener against South Methodist. Mcbride has the potential to go to toe with Steven Buechele in this game as he is coming from Memphis’s system where they love the air raid attack. Whether he is able to perform in-game situations has yet to be seen as he appeared in just two drives last season.
The Bobcats defense will be the difference-maker in this one whether or not they are able to put pressure on SMU’s front seven. They are going to have to create constant pressure against them to slow down the ability of Steven Buechele.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Southern Methodist is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of Southern Methodist’s last 13 games.
- Southern Methodist is 10-3 SU in their last 13 games.
- Southern Methodist is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games on the road.
- Texas State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas State’s last 8 games.
- Texas State is 1-6 SU in their last 7 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas State’s last 9 games at home
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction:
SMU has a real chance to capture the AAC title this season and I think they flex their muscles on Saturday night burying the Texas State defense. Steve Buechele is going to carve up the 125th ranked defense from last season, like a knife going into butter. Give me the Mustangs in a blowout of the Bobcats. Also, sprinkle some money on the over if you want to double-dip on the game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: SMU -23.5
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