Temple Owls versus SMU Mustangs College Football Fantasy Picks 11-6-2015
The AAC conference will be featured over national television as the SMU Mustangs will be hosting the Temple Owls on Friday night. College football fantasy draft GM’s can tune to ESPN2 TV at 8PM Eastern Time on November 6th to follow the results of the DFS league roster picks.
Temple looks to recover from their first loss of the season as they drop to 7-1 after losing to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last week by the score of 24-20. The loss was extremely damaging to the Owls potential to secure a New Year’s Day bowl berth. The team was unable to hold a three point lead late as they allowed a 17 yard touchdown pass with two minutes remaining and could not answer the score on offense on the ensuing drive. Owls were fortunate to be in the game because they amassed only 295 yards for the game and did little on the ground with 107 yards on their 32 attempts at running. They had trouble containing Notre Dame’s dual threat quarterback DeShone Kizer who completed 23 of 36 balls for 299 yards plus a touchdown and he ran for 143 yards with two rushing touchdowns. Owls have been a stout defense for much of the season this year. The team is 8th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing opponents 15.8 points a game. They limit their opponents to just 327 yards per game which sits at 28th from college football. The offense is a bit lacking on the stat sheet as the Owls are 113th in overall yardage per game, 95th in passing and 99th in rushing offense.
The SMU Mustangs enter play with a record of 1-7. That win came way back in week two as they beat North Texas at home by the score of 31-13. Despite the ugly record this Mustang program has shown great improvement on the field than last year’s squad. In 2014 SMU couldn’t move the football or stop anybody. In 2015 the team is much better offensively but still has issues stopping their opponent. The Mustangs are now in the top half of college football in total offense by averaging 414 yards per game. The big improvement has come from their passing game as the club is tossing for 252 yards per game. Scoring is up as the team puts up 28.8 points a game. Defensively the numbers remain ugly as the team is near the bottom of college football in total defense as the surrender 524 yards per game and in scoring defense by allowing 43.6 points to their opponent. Their struggles are against both the pass and run as they have not improved in those two areas. SMU is on a six game losing streak after a 40-31 defeat at home last week to Tulsa.
Temple Owls QB:
P.J. Walker is a junior who has started all three years with the school. He is completing 60.8% of his throws this season for 2084 yards with 20 touchdowns and 8 picks. He had a bad game against Notre Dame completing only 43% of his balls for 188 yards with a touchdown and pick.
Temple Owls RB:
The junior back leads the Owls with 186 carries for 904 yards with 13 touchdowns. He is active in the passing game with 18 receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown.
Temple Owls WR:
Anderson leads the team with 33 catches for 441 yards and three touchdowns. He has been a big play receiver of late as his past ten receptions have gone for 179 yards.
SMU Mustangs QB:
The Mustangs quarterback is hitting on 56% of his passes for 1775 yards with 14 touchdowns and four picks. He had three touchdowns and a pick last week against Tulsa. Davis leads the team in rushing.
SMU Mustangs RB:
Jones has 99 carries on the year for 409 yards and five touchdowns. He has only rushed for 3.6 yards a carry over his past two games.
SMU Mustangs WR:
The big play wide out for the Mustangs has 38 catches for 719 yards and nine touchdowns. Sutton is averaging 18.9 yards per reception.
College Football Fantasy Money League Picks
QB: Matt Davis (SMU)
RB: Jahad Thomas (Temple)
WR: Courtland Sutton (SMU), Robbie Anderson (Temple)