The No. 21 SMU Mustangs will look to stay undefeated when they host the struggling Tulane Green Wave in an American Athletic Conference game on Thursday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas. The Mustangs (6-0, 2-0 in AAC) are off to a 6-0 start for the second time in three seasons. Meanwhile the Green Wave (1-5, 0-2) are looking to snap a four-game losing streak.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET. The Mustangs are 13.5-point favorites in the latest SMU vs. Tulane odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over/Under for total points scored is 70. (See the latest college football lines for all of this week's games on our college football odds page.)
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The model also knows that SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai is having a prolific season. The 6-foot-3 transfer from Oklahoma has thrown 26 touchdown passes this season, which is tied with Western Kentucky's Bailey Zappe for the most in the country. Mordecai also leads the AAC and ranks sixth in the country in passing efficiency (175.5).
The model knows that Tulane's defense has the ability to get into SMU's backfield. The Green Wave average 7.0 tackles for loss per game this season, which ranks second in the AAC and 19th in the country. They also make 2.5 sacks per game, which also is second in the conference.
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