USF vs. SMU Prediction, Game Preview

USF vs. SMU prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the AAC matchup between the Bulls and Mustangs.

USF vs. SMU Game Preview

When: Saturday, November 19 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
TV Broadcast: CBSSN

Quarterback Quinton Flowers should be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, as he has been one of the most dominant and exciting players in college football this season. He did his thing against Memphis, accounting for 473 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in the 49-42 Bulls win.

SMU is coming off a huge 55-31 win over ECU. Quarterback Ben Hicks threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns while both Ke’Mon Freeman and Braeden West went over the 100-yard mark on the ground.

What To Know About USF

Flowers has been excellent, accounting for 19 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing has he has become a star in the making. The opposing defenses can’t forget about running back Marlon Mack, though, who as rushed for 853 yards and 12 touchdowns so far this season.

The defense, if the Bulls want to become contenders, has to be better. USF allows 480.5 yards per game, which puts it at No. 118 in the nation in total defense.

What to Know About SMU

The Mustangs exploded for 55 points in the win against ECU, an anomaly in a season where SMU has averaged just 27.4 points per game. That could continue against USF, as Freeman and West should be able to run the ball against the Bulls.

Stopping Flowers seems like an impossible task, but containing him is something that the Mustangs must do. Otherwise, this will turn into a shootout.


Offense: USF. Start believing the hype about Flowers for next season.

Defense: Tie. Neither unit reminds you of Alabama, let’s just say that.

Special Teams: Tie. Can Flowers kick field goals as well?

Coaching: USF. Willie Taggart is a great motivator that will have the Bulls good for quite some time.

Intangibles: USF. Bulls have a shot at the AAC title.

Matchup To Watch

Quinton Flowers vs. SMU defense

Every week, I write the same thing: the opposing defense must find a way to slow down Flowers. It’s been a rarity for that to happen.

USF vs. SMU Betting Odds

Spread: USF -13
Over/Under: 74

USF vs. SMU Prediction

Do you like high scoring and end zone-to-end zone action? Well, this could be the game for you. Both offenses are powerful, but when it comes down to it, I’m going with the team that has the best player, and that is USF. Flowers will make a few players that will immediately go on the highlight reels and lead the Bulls to a ninth win. Start the Heisman hype!

USF vs. SMU Score Prediction: USF 38, SMU 30

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