SMU vs Tulane prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 12, Thursday, November 17
SMU vs Tulane Prediction, Game Preview
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SMU vs Tulane How To Watch
Date: Thursday, November 17
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: SMU (6-4), Tulane (8-2)
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Why SMU Will Win
The offense is relentless.
SMU over the last few years have been interesting, and the offense is good enough to come up with big performances against bad teams, but this year it’s able to consistently connect on the throws, the running game is working, and it’s all going to give Tulane problems.
The Mustangs lead the AAC in scoring and is second in yards behind UCF. As good as Tulane has been, it hasn’t been pushed by too may great offenses.
East Carolina came up with yards but couldn’t score, UCF was able to finish off drives with points, and Houston didn’t get its late burst but was still okay in the loss.
SMU will come up with yards for a full four quarters and won’t screw up enough with just two turnovers in the last five games.
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Why Tulane Will Win
The SMU offense will keep pushing, but the defense has to prove it can hold up.
Houston is still cranking up yards and points in that 77-63 SMU win, TCU took target practice, and Maryland was almost perfectly balanced.
SMU once again is good at beating the mediocre teams, but it’s not rising up against the good ones. Tulane’s offense has the ability to rip off yards in chunks, but it all feeds off the defense that’s the best in the AAC and has been fantastic against the good passing teams.
The Mustangs will get their yards, but they’ll stall more than they’re used to.
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What’s Going To Happen
Is it possible for SMU to make one final big push in the AAC title chase?
It needs to win this and hope for UCF and/or Cincinnati to melt down. It’ll make it interesting, but Tulane will get the win it has to have to stay alive for the AAC title, too.
It’s going to get by with enough defensive stops to set up a showdown at Cincinnati for – most likely – a spot in the conference title game.
First, though, this will be a fun back-and-forth fight that goes a full four quarters.
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SMU vs Tulane Prediction, Line
Tulane 38, SMU 34
Line: Tulane -3, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
SMU vs Tulane Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5
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