When: Friday, October 7 – 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
Stream: Watch ESPN
Odds: Tulsa -17 O/U 66
Does this matchup require you to reschedule your entire Friday night and plant yourself on the couch? Probably not, but if you’re an SMU or Tulsa fan you might enjoy this conference game especially after Tulsa’s epic win last week.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane beat Fresno State 48-41 last weekend in a crazy double-overtime game and overcame a 31 point deficit. Quarterback Dane Evans is one of the top passers in the school’s history and highly underrated in my opinion. Tulsa’s record is starting to depict their constant improvement under head coach Phillip Montgomery who is in his second year at Tulsa. They are currently 3-1 with their only loss being to Ohio State, which is expected for most teams that face the Buckeyes. Tulsa will rely heavily on their passing game as Dane Evans has passed for 888 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The Golden Hurricane is historically a team that relies heavily on passing, and Dane Evans is keeping the tradition in tact.
SMU kind of looks like a total mess on the field this season. They have a solid defense; one of the best in the country actually, but freshman quarterback, Ben Hicks can’t stop throwing interceptions following a knee injury to starter Matt Davis. We can chalk it up to him being young and inexperienced right now, but if he doesn’t settle into his position then this game will be a total wash.
I’m predicting Tulsa will win this game because they have home field advantage, they are coming off back-to-back wins, and last week was a bye. Friday night games are unpredictable so tune in tomorrow night to see if Tulsa continues their winning streak in their attempt to be a dark horse in the hotly-contested race for the American Athletic Conference championship.
Score Prediction: Tulsa 38, SMU 21