Memphis Tigers vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 26th 2022

Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium Dallas
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Memphis and SMU, a pair of 6-5 American Athletic Conference teams, meet Saturday in Dallas hoping to finish the regular season strong heading into what have become annual bowl trips.

Looking to win its third straight game to cap the campaign, Memphis (6-5, 3-4) is coming off a 59-0 win over North Alabama to become bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season.

SMU (6-5, 4-3), meantime, clinched a fourth consecutive bowl trip back on Nov. 12 before stumbling through a 59-24 shellacking at No. 19 Tulane last Thursday.

Coach Rhett Lashlee's Mustangs didn't do much right against the Green Wave, committing five turnovers and allowing 310 yards rushing.

"It's embarrassing, yes, when you're getting your butt kicked by a team that's good, but you feel like if you played well, you can play with," Lashlee said. "Anybody who watched the game could tell we got our butts handed to us.

"How do you respond in the moment when it's not fun? When the whole world is watching and you don't finish?" wondered Lashlee. "How do you pick yourself up after? That's our job now."

In hosting the Tigers, the Ponies will challenge a team hitting on all cylinders lately.

After losing their season-opening contest against Southeastern Conference member Mississippi State, the Tigers (6-5, 3-4) ran off four consecutive wins. Following a winless four-game stretch from Oct. 7 to Nov. 5, they have rebounded with a pair of victories and sit on the cusp of a seven-win season.

The nine-bowl streak is a testament to heightened expectations at Memphis.

"It means everything," said running back Asa Martin. "It's nine in a row. We didn't want to be the team to end that streak. The program is growing, and there's a lot of progression over the last couple of years.

"Of course, you always want to get to the AAC championship or the Cotton Bowl game and games like that. Just get to a bowl game and keep that thing going."

Memphis has 77 wins since 2014, the most among AAC schools. It has also won seven of the past eight meetings with SMU.

--Field Level Media

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Southern Methodist Mustangs
Memphis Tigers
Southern Methodist Mustangs

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Memphis Tigers vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs

Chris Naggar kicked a 43-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining to give Southern Methodist a 30-27 win over No. 25 Memphis in an American Athletic Conference contest on Saturday at Dallas.

With the game tied 27-27, Memphis drove down to the SMU 39-yard line with under two minutes left, but SMU defensive lineman Junior Aho stripped Memphis quarterback Brady White of the football, and it was recovered by SMU's Elijah Chatman.

SMU (4-0, 1-0 AAC) then drove down the field and put Naggar in position to win the game.

Quarterback Shane Buechele went 32-of-45 passing for 474 yards and three touchdowns and wideout Reggie Roberson caught five passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game in the third quarter with a knee injury for the Mustangs.

White went 29-of-42 passing for 380 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions for Memphis (1-1, 0-1), which played its first game in 28 days due to COVID-19 cases that forced the pausing of team activities.

After the teams traded field goals to start the game, SMU took a 10-3 lead on 3-yard touchdown pass from Buechele to wideout Danny Gray.

The Mustangs then went up 17-3 with 1:07 left in the first quarter on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Buechele to Roberson.

Buechele then hooked up with Roberson for another long touchdown pass, this time an 85-yard scoring play to give the Mustangs a 24-3 lead with 9:51 remaining in the second quarter.

Memphis cut its deficit to 24-10 with 7:16 left in the second quarter on an 8-yard touchdown pass from White to wideout Calvin Austin.

The Tigers then pulled within a touchdown at 24-17 with 3:30 left until halftime on a 27-yard touchdown pass from White to tight end Sean Dykes.

After SMU took a 27-20 lead on a 25-year-old field goal by Naggar, Memphis tied the game at 27-27 with 2:53 left in the third quarter on a 5-yard touchdown pass from White to receiver Tahj Washington.

--Field Level Media

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