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SMU vs. Memphis picks and best bets for Week 10

The SMU Mustangs and Memphis Tigers meet on Saturday afternoon as both programs look to get back on track following a loss.

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The SMU Mustangs will enter Saturday’s road matchup against the Memphis Tigers coming off a brutal way to lose their first game of the season. After tying the Houston Cougars with a field goal and 30 seconds to go, the ensuing kickoff went the other way for a touchdown as SMU fell from the group of unbeatens. Meanwhile, Memphis went into last week’s bye losing four of their previous five games.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

SMU: 47 overall, 19 offense, 79 defense
Memphis: 75 overall, 68 offense, 70 defense

Injury update


RB Ulysses Bentley IV - Questionable (ankle)
OL Alan Ali - Out till late November (knee)


DL John Cartwright - Questionable (undisclosed)
RB Rodrigues Clark - Questionable (undisclosed)
LB Thomas Pickens - Questionable (undisclosed)
QB Seth Henigan - Questionable (hand)


Against The Spread

SMU: 5-3 ATS
Memphis: 3-5 ATS


SMU: Over 4-4
Memphis: Over 3-5

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

SMU: 67 overall, 69 offense, 66 defense
Memphis: 66 overall, 70 offense, 59 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: SMU -5
Total: 70.5
Moneyline: SMU -200, Memphis +170

Opening line: SMU -7
Opening total: 72.5


63 degrees, 3 MPH wind, 7% chance of rain

The Pick

Under 70.5

The best unit on the field will be the SMU offense, while the worst will be the SMU defense, so we’re staying away from the point spread in this one. It’s always a risk heading into a game expecting more than 70 points to be scored regardless of the circumstance, but we’ll bet the fresher Memphis team will be able to somewhat limit the SMU offense with an extra week to prepare.

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