SMU (10-2 straight up, 7-5 against the spread) won its eighth straight game with Saturday’s 59-14 win over Navy as an 18.5-point home favorite. The Mustangs scored 52 points in the first half on their way to the easy victory.
However, it was a costly win as star quarterback Preston Stone was lost for the rest of the season due to a broken fibula. With Stone out, SMU announced Monday that Kevin Jennings will get the starting nod at Tulane in Saturday’s AAC Championship Game.
Stone had thrown 17 TD passes compared to merely one interception in the Mustangs’ last eight games. For the season, he has completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 3,204 yards with a 28/6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Stone also has 198 rushing yards and four TDs.
Jennings is a redshirt freshman who appeared in four games last season. He completed 17-of-22 throws (77.3%) for 205 yards and one TD without an interception.
In five games this year, Jennings has connected on 18-of-24 passes (75.0%) for 224 yards and three TDs without an interception. He also has 22 rushing yards and one TD.
As of late Monday afternoon, most books had Tulane (11-1 SU, 5-7 ATS) installed as a 5.5-point home favorite with a total of 48 or 48.5. The Mustangs were +180 on the money line.
Tulane hooked up its backers last week in a 29-16 win over UTSA as a 3.5-point home favorite. Willie Fritz’s team has won 10 games in a row and has covered the number in back-to-back contests.
The Green Wave knocked off the Roadrunners despite being without two of its best WRs in Jha’Quan Jackson and Lawrence Keys, who are listed as day to day and might be able return vs. SMU.
Keys, who has missed back-to-back games with a foot injury, has 33 receptions for 599 yards and seven TDs. Meanwhile, Jackson has 24 catches for 421 yards and four TDs.
Tulane’s only loss this year was vs. Ole Miss in Week 2 when its star QB Michael Pratt was ‘out’ with an injury. In 10 games this season, Pratt has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,168 yards with a 21/4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also has 321 rushing yards and four TDs.
PREDICTION: I like Tulane to win by at least a TD. Give me the Green Wave -5.5.