Baylor vs. SMU College Football Picks: Mustangs are Overmatched Against Bears

Troy West

Friday, September 4, 2015 7:31 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 4, 2015 7:31 PM UTC

Baylor is coming off a huge year and faces a cupcake in Southern Methodist. 5Dimes has the line set at 36, with the total installed at 71.5.

Baylor is coming off a huge year and faces a cupcake in Southern Methodist. College football odds makers at sportsbooks like 5Dimes has the line set at 36, with the total installed at 71.5. 

The Baylor Bears have seen a total turnaround in there program. Led by Coach Art Briles, Baylor's offense is a juggernaut and averaged 48.2 points per game last year. Now there is a big guy to replace for Baylor at QB with the departure of Bryce Petty. The long line of successful QBs at Baylor is starting to stack up with the likes of Byrce Petty and RGIII already making there NFL debuts. Good news for the Baylor fans.  Seth Russel is the guy to fill Petty's shoes and surprisingly already has seen some time throwing for 8 TDS last season. He learned a lot from the tutor ledge of Petty and the coaching of Briles.  He is ready to step with a vengeance tonight. The key for Baylor is the speed at wideout.  Both these standout receivers we are about to mention run 4.3 flat 40s and were track stars in high school.

The returning stars include Corey Coleman, who had 1,119 yards receiving and 11 TDS. KD Cannon had 1,038 yards receiving and 8 TDS with a long of 89 yards. These guys are NFL prospects and are ready to continue where they left off from last season and have break out seasons.  The defense returns 9 starters and should be able to get the  stops it needs to help the High power offense cruise to many wins. It seems the trend that we should watch closely with this Baylor team is the fact when they are a huge favorite early in the season the last few years they are a covering machine.  Let's examine there opponent before making a pick on this Friday night tilt.  

SMU is coming off a 1-11 season. They were previously coached by June June's who quit on them in the middle of the season. The entire program was called out by greats such as Eric Dickerson. This is particularly disturbing for the future of SMU football which already suffered the death penalty once. They have a new coach in Chad Morris. He is a first time coach and will have his hands full this season.  Matt Davis is the starting QB, but his numbers are less than impressive. He had 3TDS and 5 INTS. The rushing attack is helped along with returning leading rusher also Matt Davis.  He is the only bright spot in a less than stellar backfield. The wideout core is extremely depleted and has terrible stats from last year.  The defense is a huge liability having given up 41 or more points in the first 6 games of last season. We don't expect them to improve in the slightest in the first game. It looks like the home dog is overmatched in this game. Look for Baylor to roll early and often. Take the Bears with your college football picks! Baylor 48 SMU 10!

College Football Pick: Baylor -36 at 5Dimes

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