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The SMU Mustangs will travel to face the Houston Cougars in an NCAA college football game set for Friday afternoon.
Kick off time the day after Thanksgiving is set for 12PM Eastern Time from Houston with national television coverage provided by ESPN2.
The college football odds from this contest have the home team Houston Cougars favored by -9 ½ points with a total of 64 points.
SMU has won two straight to move within one win of bowl eligibility at 5-5 after a 16-6 road victory at the South Florida Bulls last week as a -6 point wagering favorite. The game total landed at under 55 ½ points. SMU was up 3-0 at the half then scored the next 13 points in the second half for the win.
The Mustangs offense posted 280 yards with 51 rushing for under 2 yards a carry. Freshman quarterback Neal Burcham hit on 9 of 18 passes for 91 yards with a touchdown and pick. Each team committed two turnovers. SMU survived going 5 of 14 on third down. On defense the Mustangs gave up 259 yards to offense to South Florida with 42 rushing yards for two yards per run.
Houston Cougars have lost three straight to fall to 7-4 on the 2013 campaign after a 24-17 home defeat last week to the Cincinnati Bearcats as a -2 ½ point wagering favorite. The game total came in at under 60 points. The Cougars could not overcome a 17-7 first half deficit.
The Houston offense produced just 278 yards with 33 running on 31 carries. John O’Korn hit on 13 of 30 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown. The team had two turnovers and forced three away from the Bearcats. Houston had trouble sustaining drives going 4 of 17 on third down. On defense the Cougars give up 573 offensive yards to the Cincinnati offense with 172 running for over 4 yards per run attempt.