It’s been a rough season for SMU. At 0-8, they haven’t had many bright spots this season and numbers prove it. They have struggled on offense and defense all season, allowing a lot of yards while struggling to get moving themselves. They did score 28 points in their last game, a season high, so they might be figuring something out. Let’s look at the numbers they have put up this season.
The Mustangs average just 9 points a game this year. They are averaging 89.4 yards per game on the ground and just 3 yards per carry (5 rushing touchdowns on the year). They average 186.9 yards passing a game, averaging 8.7 yards per catch and have 4 touchdowns overall through the air. The Mustangs offense is averaging just 276 yards per game on the year entering this game. Its been tough for the Mustangs to move the ball, but they found a quarterback in Matt Davis against Tulsa that can throw and run (rushed for over 100 yards in the losing effort). With Davis, the Mustangs offense got moving and having a mobile quarterback running the show gives them a new look that the USF defense will have to be ready for. The Bulls have struggled all year against spread teams and are now facing the same issue on the road in this game. They have to contain Davis and not let him create on his feet and outside the pocket.
On defense, it hasn’t been much better for SMU. They allow an average of 46.8 PPG (wow). They allow 236.9 rushing yards per game and 5.4 yards per carry. They have allowed 22 rushing touchdowns all year. They allow 310.1 yards per game through the air including 14.2 yards per catch (23 touchdowns allowed this year). Overall, they allow 547 yards per game overall. Its been rough for the Mustangs. Opponents have run and thrown all over them this season and it sounds like a favorable match-up for the USF offense. USF will be going with freshman Quinton Flowers at starter and he could be shaky to start the game. With that in mind, the USF running game needs to take over with Marlon Mack leading the way.