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SMU vs. Temple 11/7/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The SMU visits Temple on 11/7/2020 at 12:00PM.

SMU and Temple face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. SMU has a record of 6-1 this season. Temple is 1-3 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

SMU Team Defense Preview

SMU has had 81 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.38 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. SMU has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. SMU opponents pass the football 47.71% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

SMU is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.12 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. They are capable of giving up a long run, which is really demoralizing when the opposing team has the ball deep in their own territory.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!SMU has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

SMU Team Offense Preview

SMU has had 79 total drives this season and they generate 5.99 plays per drive. SMU runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. SMU has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. SMU passes the football 53.49% of the time.SMU tends to pass more than other teams.

SMU is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. SMU can take credit for 3.06 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have had trouble making big, disruptive plays against SMU this season. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. SMU is a better passing team than running team this season.

Temple Team Defense Preview

Temple has had 47 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.47 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Temple has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Temple opponents pass the football 36.58% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.24 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Temple has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Temple Team Offense Preview

Temple has had 46 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 6.09 plays per drive. When you are among the best at plays per drive, you are certainly a team that aims to wear down the opposition with a high play count or with long, physical grinding drives that eat up a lot of clock. We need to find out more here when it comes to Temple. Temple is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Temple passes the football 56.43% of the time.Temple tends to pass more than other teams.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, Temple has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.77 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Temple Offense. There has been a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. Temple is a better passing team than running team this season.

The SMU Roster

The Players to Watch for SMU

Shane Buechele QB 6-1 207

This season, Shane Buechele has put up 2226 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 160.8thus far this season. Shane Buechele has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Shane Buechele has 68.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 73.53 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 39.0 times this season, which puts him in the 84.9 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Ulysses Bentley IV RB 5-10 184

This season, Ulysses Bentley IV has 695 rushing yards on 115 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 10 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Ulysses Bentley IV picked up 128 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 15 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Rashee Rice WR 6-1 189

This season, Rashee Rice picked up 521 yards. He caught the ball 34 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Elijah Chatman DT 6-0 272

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for SMU, Elijah Chatman has 18 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 7 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 99.73 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 3 times this season, which put him in the 97.81 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Gary Wiley DE 6-1 241

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for SMU, Gary Wiley has 16 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 4 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 91.01 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 33.46 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Chace Cromartie S 6-0 180

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for SMU, Chace Cromartie had 33 tackles which puts him in the 93.49 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 3 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 96.9 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Chace Cromartie as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.81 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Ar’mani Johnson CB 5-11 177

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for SMU, Ar’mani Johnson had 22 tackles which puts him in the 93.87 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 82.34 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Ar’mani Johnson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 38.66 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Temple Roster

The Players to Watch for Temple

Anthony Russo QB 6-4 235

This season, Anthony Russo has put up 863 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 135.0thus far this season. Anthony Russo has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Anthony Russo has 26.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 56.67 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 22.0 times this season, which puts him in the 70.2 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Re’Mahn Davis RB 5-9 210

This season, Re’Mahn Davis has 308 rushing yards on 78 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Re’Mahn Davis picked up 62 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 12 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Randle Jones WR 6-0 190

This season, Randle Jones picked up 284 yards. He caught the ball 29 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Khris Banks DT 6-4 290

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Temple, Khris Banks has 14 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 80.33 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 36.61 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Arnold Ebiketie DE 6-4 235

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Temple, Arnold Ebiketie has 27 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 6 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 96.67 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 87.42 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Amir Tyler S 6-0 195

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Temple, Amir Tyler had 22 tackles which puts him in the 81.51 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 35.61 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Amir Tyler as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.81 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Christian Braswell CB 5-10 178

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Temple, Christian Braswell had 14 tackles which puts him in the 76.58 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.55 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Christian Braswell as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 85.32 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

SMU vs. Temple Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: SMU 34 Temple 23

Spread Pick: Temple +18 -110 WagerWeb
Moneyline Pick: SMU -748 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Under 62.5 -110 Bookmaker