The Southern Methodist Mustangs (8-0) tangle with the Memphis Tigers (7-1) at the Liberty Bowl Saturday at 7:30 p.m. under the lights in a nationally-televised American Athletic Conference tilt.
We analyze the SMU-Memphis odds and betting lines, while providing college football betting tips and advice on this matchup.
SMU is No. 14, while Memphis is ranked 23rd in the Amway Coaches Poll powered by USA Today Sports.
SMU-Memphis: Three things you need to know
1. SMU ranks 10th with 504.1 total yards per game while checking in 17th in passing yards per game (301.4). It ranks sixth with 43.0 points per game (PPG) offensively.
2. Memphis is 23rd in total yards per game at 470.6, and has piled up 39.5 PPG to check in 10th in points scored.
3. The ‘over’ is 5-0 in the past five for Memphis while going 7-0-1 in eight games for SMU overall.
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SMU-Memphis: Odds, betting lines and picks
Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Thursday at 8 a.m. ET.
Memphis 45, SMU 43
The Mustangs (+175) put their unblemished record on the line in the Liberty Bowl, and they’re a very tempting play. However, SMU has been playing with fire, including near-misses at home to Tulsa, and an unimpressive win against Houston with a banged-up, backup quarterback.
The Tigers (-218) aren’t worth playing at this price level at home, but they’re going to win this game. However, it will be a one-possession game which could come down to a last-second field. The difference maker in this one is going to be RB Kenneth Gainwell, the sensational freshman. He has ‘gained well’, piling up six consecutive 100-yard games. Gainwell also leads FBS with 177.4 total scrimmage yards.
New to sports betting? A $10 wager on Memphis returns a profit of $4.59 (1 divided by 2.18).
Against the Spread (ATS)
SMU (+5.5, -106) is the play in what should be a nip-and-tuck game. The offenses in this one are both going to be on fire.
Hopefully the scoreboard operator is ready. The OVER (71.5, -110) should be a slam-dunk play in this one. SMU hasn’t seen the under hit yet, and Memphis hasn’t had an under result since Sept. 14 at South Alabama, a 42-6 win which went under only because of the ineptitude of the USA offense. That won’t be the case with SMU’s offense, as it’s top notch.
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