SMU vs Memphis : The resurgent SMU Mustangs hope to keep their ACC title-game hopes alive when they host the high-powered Memphis Tigers on Friday night at 9 p.m. ET. SMU can stay in first place in the West Division with an upset, while Memphis can keep its slim division hopes alive with a win. These are two of the top offensive units in the conference, so expect plenty of fireworks.
The Tigers rank No. 6 nationally in scoring (44.6 points), while the Mustangs have posted 107 total points their last two games. The Tigers opened as 8.5-point favorites, but that number is down to 7.5 in the current Memphis vs. SMU odds. The over-under for total points scored has held steady at 73.5. Before you lock in your Memphis vs. SMU picks, check out what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. The former college football running back joined SportsLine in 2016 and has provided his followers with winning seasons ever since. Hunt is having another solid season for SportsLine members. What’s more, he has had a keen eye for the tendencies of AAC programs and boasts an impressive 9-4 record on picks involving Memphis or SMU over the past two seasons.
In Week 3, Hunt told SportsLine members that Memphis’ high-powered offense would overwhelm Georgia State and recommended backing the Tigers as four-touchdown favorites. The result: They rolled to a 59-22 victory, and anyone who followed Hunt’s advice picked up an easy winner.
Now, Hunt has studied Southern Methodist vs. Memphis from every possible angle and released a strong point-spread pick that’s only available at SportsLine.
Hunt knows the Tigers have had a down year by their recent standards, which includes at least eight wins each of the last four seasons and two campaigns with double-digit victories. However, they are just a couple plays away from having another standout season. Memphis blew a 13-point halftime lead in its 31-30 loss to undefeated Central Florida and also squandered a 12-point lead in the second half of a 22-21 loss at Navy.
Memphis is favored primarily because it could have an edge in the trenches. The Tigers have the fifth-ranked rushing attack in the country (270.2 yards per game) going against an SMU defense that allows 202.5 on the ground. The Mustangs’ defense also allows an average of 36.8 points per game.
But the Tigers’ strong form doesn’t guarantee a cover against a Southern Methodist team that has emerged as an unlikely contender under first-year coach Sonny Dykes.
The Mustangs lost their first three games against a tough nonconference slate by an average of 26 points, but they have won five of seven since. The signature win came in a 45-31 upset of front-runner Houston two weeks ago as two-touchdown home underdogs. They racked up 514 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers in dismantling the Cougars.
We can tell you Hunt is leaning toward the over, but his much stronger play is on the spread. Hunt has scoured every aspect of this matchup and unearthed the critical x-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing at SportsLine.
Who covers Memphis vs. SMU? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Friday, from an accomplished handicapper who’s hitting nearly 70 percent of his picks involving these teams.