Their last head-to-head back in November of 2022 was close, and so far it looks like that’s how SMU and Memphis will finish this one. SMU has jumped out to a 14-13 lead against Memphis.
SMU entered the contest having won five straight and they’re just two quarters away from another. Will they make it six, or will Memphis step up and spoil it? We’ll know soon.
SMU Mustangs @ Memphis Tigers
Current Records: SMU 8-2, Memphis 8-2
How To Watch
- When: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET
- Where: Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium — Memphis, Tennessee
- TV: ESPN2
- Follow: CBS Sports App
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- Ticket Cost: $17.99
What to Know
Two dominant signal callers in Preston Stone and Seth Henigan are getting ready to go toe-to-toe. The SMU Mustangs and the Memphis Tigers will face off in an American Athletic battle at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. Each of these teams will be fighting to keep a win streak alive as SMU comes in on six and Memphis on four.
SMU put the finishing touches on their sixth blowout victory of the season last Friday. They blew past North Texas 45-21. SMU was heavily favored coming into this match, and the results showcase why.
SMU got their win on the backs of several key players, but it was Jaylan Knighton out in front who rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown while picking up 7.6 yards per carry. LJ Johnson Jr. was another key contributor, rushing for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, even though Charlotte scored an imposing 38 points on Saturday, Memphis still came out on top. Memphis secured a 44-38 W over Charlotte.
Memphis’ success was spearheaded by the efforts of Henigan, who threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns, and Blake Watson, who gained 124 total yards and three touchdowns. Henigan has been hot recently, having posted 300 or more passing yards the last three times he’s played. Chandler Martin made the highlight reel by snagging an interception and taking it all the way to the house.
SMU pushed their record up to 8-2 with that victory, which was their seventh straight at home dating back to last season. Those good results were due in large part to their offensive dominance across that stretch, as they averaged 52.3 points per game. As for Memphis, they are on a roll lately: they’ve won five of their last six matchups, which provided a nice bump to their 8-2 record this season.
Keep an eye on the end zone in Saturday’s game as SMU and Memphis haven’t had much trouble getting there this season. The Mustangs command a daunting offense this season, having averaged 5.2 touchdowns per game. However, it’s not like the Tigers struggle in that department as they’ve been even better at 5.3 per game. With these two high-octane teams facing off on Saturday, fans should be in for an exciting offensive matchup. Check CBS Sports after the action for a full breakdown of the game and more college football content.
SMU skirted past Memphis 34-31 in their previous matchup back in November of 2022. The rematch might be a little tougher for SMU since the team won’t have the home-field advantage this time around. We’ll see if the change in venue makes a difference.
SMU is a big 9-point favorite against Memphis, according to the latest college football odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Mustangs, as the game opened with the Mustangs as a 7.5-point favorite.
The over/under is set at 65 points.
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Memphis has won 6 out of their last 8 games against SMU.
- Nov 26, 2022 – SMU 34 vs. Memphis 31
- Nov 06, 2021 – Memphis 28 vs. SMU 25
- Oct 03, 2020 – SMU 30 vs. Memphis 27
- Nov 02, 2019 – Memphis 54 vs. SMU 48
- Nov 16, 2018 – Memphis 28 vs. SMU 18
- Nov 18, 2017 – Memphis 66 vs. SMU 45
- Nov 05, 2016 – Memphis 51 vs. SMU 7
- Nov 28, 2015 – Memphis 63 vs. SMU 0