The undefeated Southern Methodist Mustangs (4-0 straight up, 3-1 against the spread) must move forward without two of its best offensive players.
Senior wide receiver Reggie Roberson is out for the season with a knee injury, and sophomore RB TJ McDaniel is out for the year with a leg injury. Roberson had 43 receptions for 803 yards and six TDs in 2019. Through four games this year, he had 22 catches for 474 yards and five TDs.
McDaniel had 297 rushing yards and one TD on 60 carries so far this season. He was averaging 5.0 yards per carry.
Sonny Dykes’s team is ranked fourth in the nation in total offense, averaging 558.8 yards per game. The Mustangs are fifth nationally in scoring (44.0 points per game), 12th in rushing yards (219.5 YPG) and 11th in passing yards (339.3 YPG).
SMU is led by senior QB Shane Buechele, who was a first-team All-AAC selection in 2019 when he threw for 3,929 yards with a 34/10 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The transfer from Texas has completed 69.1 percent of his throws this year for 1,326 yards with a 10/2 TD-INT ratio.
Most books have SMU installed as a 6.5-point favorite for Friday’s game at Tulane. The total is 66.5 points, while the Green Wave is +190 on the money line.
SMU currently has 150/1 odds to win the College Football Playoff at MyBookie.ag