The SMU Mustangs (8-2) and the 12th-ranked passing defense will visit the Memphis Tigers (8-2) and the 13th-ranked passing attack on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The Tigers are 9.5-point underdogs. The total is 64 points for this game.
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Mustangs vs. Tigers Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
- Time: 12:00 PM ET
- Channel: ESPN2
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Memphis, Tennessee
- Venue: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
- The Mustangs have been making things happen on both sides of the ball this season, as they rank 10th-best in total offense (475.6 yards per game) and 10th-best in total defense (291.0 yards allowed per game).
- The Mustangs have been finding success on both offense and defense, ranking seventh-best in scoring offense (40.5 points per game) and ninth-best in scoring defense (16.4 points allowed per game).
- SMU has been a difficult matchup for opposing teams in the passing game, with a top-25 ranking in both passing offense (20th-best with 285.5 passing yards per game) and passing defense (12th-best with 173.8 passing yards allowed per game) this season.
- The Mustangs own the 30th-ranked defense this year in terms of rushing yards (117.2 rushing yards allowed per game), and they’ve been more effective offensively, ranking 25th-best with 190.1 rushing yards per game.
- On the defensive side of the ball, SMU has been a top-25 unit in terms of third-down efficiency, ranking eighth-best by allowing a 28.2% third-down conversion rate. The team’s offense ranks 36th (43.2% third-down percentage).
- With nine forced turnovers (91st in the FBS) against seven turnovers committed (15th in the FBS), the Mustangs’ +2 turnover margin ranks 42nd in college football.
- On defense, Memphis is bottom-25, ceding 417.4 total yards per game (24th-worst). Fortunately, it is excelling on the other side of the ball, putting up 453.2 total yards per contest (19th-best).
- Memphis’ offensive attack has been leading the way for the team, as it ranks ninth-best in the FBS with 39.7 points per game. In terms of defense, it is allowing 28.9 points per game, which ranks 98th.
- The Tigers’ passing attack has been paving the way for the team, as they rank 13th-best in the FBS with 296.5 passing yards per contest. In terms of defense, they are ceding 242.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 97th.
- From an offensive angle, Memphis is posting 156.7 rushing yards per game (68th-ranked). It ranks 106th in the FBS on defense (175.2 rushing yards surrendered per game).
- The Tigers’ defense has been excelling on third down, giving up a 30.5% third-down conversion rate (16th-best). On offense, they rank 40th in the FBS with a 42.4% third-down rate.
- Memphis has excelled in terms of turnovers, as its turnover margin of +5 ranks 21st-best in the FBS, with 16 forced turnovers (eighth in the nation) and 11 turnovers committed (63rd in the nation).
- Preston Stone has 2,596 passing yards in 10 games this year, averaging 259.6 per game with a 58.6% completion percentage and 23 touchdowns against six interceptions.
- He has also rushed for 197 yards (fourth on the Mustangs) and added three touchdowns on the ground, while averaging 19.7 rushing yards per game.
- Jaylan Knighton has recorded 640 rushing yards with five touchdowns (71.1 yards per game across nine games). His 5.8 yards per attempt rank 62nd in college football.
- In the passing attack, RJ Maryland, has racked up 355 receiving yards and six touchdowns after grabbing 25 balls on zero targets. Per game, he’s averaging 44.4 yards and 3.1 receptions in eight games.
- Seth Henigan is averaging 7.9 passing yards per attempt (52nd in the FBS) and 286.4 yards per game this year, completing 66.3% of his passes on the way to 2,864 total yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions through 10 games.
- Henigan has also rushed for four touchdowns and 229 yards (third on the Tigers).
- Blake Watson has scored 12 rushing touchdowns, while totaling 909 rushing yards (6.0 per carry and 90.9 per game).
- Watson has added 43 receptions (4.3 per game) for 393 yards (39.3 per game) with two receiving touchdowns. He’s been targeted zero times in the passing attack.
- So far this season, Roc Taylor has caught 50 passes for 779 receiving yards with four touchdowns in the passing game. He has been targeted zero total times and is averaging 5.0 receptions per game in 10 games played.