Who's Playing

SMU Mustangs (home) vs. Houston Cougars (away)

Current records: SMU 3-5-1; Houston 7-1-1

What to Know

Houston will be playing 60 minutes on Saturday, but they're expected to have things wrapped up well before that. They will square off against SMU at 7:00 p.m. SMU will need to watch out since Houston have now posted big point totals in their last eight contests.

When you finish with 205 more yards than your opponent, a favorable outcome is almost sure to follow. Everything went Houston's way against South Florida last-week contest as they made off with a 57-36 win. D'Eriq King was the offensive standout of the match for Houston, as he accumulated 419 passing yards and picked up 134 yards on the ground on 11 carries.

Meanwhile, SMU fought the good fight in their overtime match but wound up with a less-than-desirable result. They were within striking distance but couldn't close the gap, as they fell 20-26 to Cincinnati. The game was a 7-7 toss-up at halftime, but SMU were outplayed the rest of the way.

Houston's victory lifted them to 7-1-1 while SMU's loss dropped them down to 3-5-1. If Houston want to win, Houston will need to focus on stopping SMU's Reggie Roberson, Jr., who caught 7passes for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Ben Hicks, who passed for 328 yards and 2 touchdowns. We'll see whether or not they are up to the challenge.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Texas
  • TV: ESPN University
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $33.49


The Cougars are a big 14 point favorite against the Mustangs.

This season, SMU are 4-3-0 against the spread. As for Houston, they are 4-3-0 against the spread

Vegas had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Cougars as a 13 point favorite.

Series History

Houston have won 2 out of their last 3 games against SMU.

  • 2017 - Houston Cougars 35 vs. SMU Mustangs 22
  • 2016 - SMU Mustangs 38 vs. Houston Cougars 16
  • 2015 - Houston Cougars 49 vs. SMU Mustangs 28


The current forecast: partly sunny, with a temperature of 74 degrees.