HOUS­TON over Smu by 11

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Cougars re­turn to the Rocket City off a lethar­gic win-no-cover at Tem­ple – which was pre­ceded by SU home loss (as 7-point chalk) to Texas Tech. As a re­sult, new head coach Ap­ple­white is feelng some ‘ma­jor’ heat in Hous­ton these days – and we’re not re­fer­ring to the tem­per­a­ture (ap­par­ently a 3-1 start isn’t good enough for fans spoiled by pre­vi­ous head coach Tom Her­man’s 22-5 run with the Cougars). Former Clem­son OC Chad Mor­ris has got his Mus­tangs on the move this year, prov­ing that SMU is al­ready one of the sea­son’s most im­proved teams (of­fense +73 YPG, de­fense +19 YPG and a 48.5 PPG scor­ing out­put – nearly dou­ble that of Hous­ton). Nor­mally we’d jump on the Ponies with both boots, but last year’s shock­ing up­set of the Cougs (38-16 win as 23-point home dogs) makes to­day’s line a value-plus play for aveng­ing Hous­ton. With the Cougars now 4-2 SUATS in this se­ries when play­ing off a pair of ATS losses, we’ll lay the short num­ber and look for the rocket men to bring SMU back down to earth.

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