College Saturday Preview and Prediction USF vs SMU

College Saturday Preview and Prediction USF vs SMU

Southern Methodist Mustangs visits the South Florida Bulls and the two AAC members are scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. ET kickoff at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Last Saturday the Lone Star State witness the Mustangs of SMU earn a “Wub” against Big 12 TCU. The Bulls have but one win on the season and a big reason for their lack of success is their inability to defend the run. College Saturday Preview and Prediction USF vs SMU.

SMU Mustangs (-7, 61)

The victory over a well-coached and talented TCU squad last weekend resulted in a flawless non-conference mark to begin the 2019 campaign for SMU.
The Dallas college roster appears posed to compete for an American Athletic Conference.

SMU was expected to be much improved under second-year head man Sonny Dykes 2nd season. The Mustangs had won just 17 games in the previous three seasons combined.

The key to Mustangs’ offensive success begins and ends with the running game. When SMU executes their running game quarterback Shane Buechele has the time and the weapons to be dangerous through the air.

SMU is the more balanced team overall. And that balance is most evident offensively. Defensively SMU is aggressive upfront. The stunts and blitz package they throw at their opponents have resulted in the D-linemen filling the inside two gaps and the ability to apply pressure on downs and distance situations.

South Florida Bulls (+7, 61)

Breaking down the Achilles of the Bulls offense would result in a free pick turned into editorial. If the Bulls scuffle defensively to any degree the schools’ chances of being a success in regards to the final score is not favorable. This South Florida team is dependent on scoring by creating turnovers and being better defensively than their opponents are with their offensive scheme.

The South Florida defensive has allowed seven rushing touchdowns. That lucky seven is tied for 10th worst in all of college football.

Free Pick

The Mustang offense has significant favors in this matchup. Those edges are at quarterback and converting red zone opportunities.

The Mustangs are capable offensively despite the circumstances and situation. While the Bulls have shown a degree of success between the 20’s they have been porous in converting third downs. Even those down and distances that are typically managable.

The Free Pick is a play on the visiting Mustangs. Dykes and his staff game plan a balanced offense in where the run sets up successful throwing situatins and the result if a conference opening road victory for Southern Methodist.

SMU Mustangs -7

 

 

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College Saturday Preview and Prediction USF vs SMU