College football week one betting action heats up with the 34.5-point favorite Baylor Bears facing the Southern Methodist Mustangs. The Bears have had the Mustangs number, winning the last 11 meetings in a row and covering the spread in the last 5. With the colossal 34.5-point spread, can the Mustangs break one of those streaks?
The game kicks off this Friday at 7:00 PM ET from Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas. The CFB oddsmakers have set the game total at 74.
Baylor Bears vs Southern Methodist Mustangs College Football Spread Betting, ATS Pick & Broadcast Schedule
Baylor Bears vs SMU Mustangs
Date: Friday, September 4, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: Dallas, TX
Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium
Odds: Baylor -34.5
Game Total: 74
Radio: Baylor vs SMU
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
The Baylor Bears will enter the 2015 regular season looking to, not only stay among the very elite teams in the nation after losing starting quarterback Bryce Petty, but take another step forward in their quest to reach the four-team playoff after falling just short last season.
The SMU Mustangs are heading in a new direction as they get set for the start of the Chad Morris era. The Mustangs went 1-11 last season under two head coaches after June Jones quit four games into the season.
The good news is that Morris, the former offensive coordinator, comes to SMU with glowing credentials that include being the highest paid assistant coach in the country.
Unfortunately, the Mustangs return only 11 starters from last season’s squad and will have to learn brand new schemes on both sides of the ball.
— Grantland (@Grantland33) August 26, 2015
Head coach Art Briles has turned his Baylor Bears program into one of the best in the nation, thanks to an offense that perennially puts up points in droves. If you didn’t know, Baylor has averaged over 40 points a game in four consecutive seasons.
While the Bears have to replace a rally gifted starter in quarterback Bryce Petty, I must say that I really like Seth Russell in the limited action I’ve seen and I believe he’s going to do a fine job replacing Petty this coming season.
Underrated running back Shock Linwood rushed for 1,252 yards and 16 touchdowns a year ago and the Bears have arguably the nation’s best starting wide receivers in Corey Coleman (1.119 yards, 11 TDs) and KD Cannon (1,030 yards, 8 TDs).
Baylor Vs SMU Betting Trends:
Baylor has posted a perfect 5-0 ATS mark in their last five games against SMU and a near-perfect 5-0-1 ATS mark in their last half-dozen games in the month of September. The Bears are also 7-2 ATS in their last nine non-conference games and a bankroll-boosting 22-9-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall.
- Over is 12-2 in Bears last 14 non-conference games.
- Over is 17-5 in Bears last 22 games in September.
- Over is 41-16-2 in Bears last 59 games overall.
SMU is 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 games against Big 12 ballclubs, 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 0-8 ATS in their last eight games against non-conference foes.
- Over is 4-0 in Mustangs last 4 games in September.
- Over is 4-1 in Mustangs last 5 non-conference games.
- Over is 6-2 in Mustangs last 8 vs. Big 12.
Bet On Baylor To Beat SMU By A Score Of: Baylor 45 SMU 21
I think Chad Morris will do a fine job in Dallas this coming season, but right now, this all-Texas matchup goes to the boys from Waco. Baylor wins and covers the spread with a bit of room to spare as they look to make an early impression on the BCS playoff committee.