The college football season returns and it will be a battle of the Lone Star State as the Texas Tech Red Raiders will hit the road to face the SMU Mustangs. The Red Raiders and Mustangs get things started from SMU on Friday Night August 30th at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV provides the coast to coast coverage. For college football up to date odds please check out Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The college football odds from this Friday Night game have the road side Texas Tech Red Raiders favored by -4 ½ points with an over under line set at 60 points. Those who wager the Red Raiders on the money line will lay -195 odds with the return on the home underdog SMU Mustangs bringing back +165 odds to earn the straight up win.
The teams met back in the 2010 season with the Red Raiders posting the 35-27 home victory against the Mustangs as a -12 ½ point betting favorite. The game total went over 57 points. Texas Tech is 10-0 straight up against the SMU Mustangs in their past ten head to head meetings. There is a major injury concern for Texas Tech as they enter SMU. Starting quarterback Michael Brewer has a back ailment so he will not start on Friday night. Texas Tech will go with a walk on freshman at the most important position in football and that’s the starting QB position. It will be Baker Mayfield getting the start. Mayfield beat out a scholarship freshman so already questions about recruiting for new head coach Kliff Kingsbury for the team. SMU has experience under center as Garrett Gilbert will lineup as the teams starter. He has battled accuracy issues for his college career as he completed 53% of his throws for 2932 yards with 15 touchdowns and 15 picks. Gilbert kept his job as the teams starter after an impressive performance in the Hawaii Bowl against a very good Fresno St Bulldogs team as the Mustangs earn the 43-10 upset win as a +13 point betting underdog. In victory Gilbert threw for 212 yards and ran for 98 yards with a touchdown rushing. In that win against Fresno St the Mustangs defense got off the field as the Bulldogs go just 4 of 16 on third and fourth down combined.
With our college football pick for Friday we will play on the SMU Mustangs +4 ½ points against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at the sportsbook.