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SMU vs. FRESNO STATE
Monday, Dec. 24, 8:00 pm
ESPN After years in the shadows and under sanctions, the SMU Mustangs have been successful since rejoining the postseason festivities, winning two of their past three bowls. SMU enters its fourth straight bowl, which just happens to be a program-best streak. SMU hovered around .500 all season and finished 6-6 after upsetting the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in its final game to earn bowl eligibility. While running back Zach Line has churned out a good amount of yardage, the rest of the Mustangs' offense has been up and down. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert completed a nice percentage of passes but not much of a run game to go along with it. For Fresno State, a bowl win would be a positive sign that things are moving in the right direction after last season's 4-9 debacle under Pat Hill, who was later fired. The Bulldogs haven't won a bowl game since 2007's 40-28 Humanitarian Bowl victory over Georgia Tech. Fresno State enters the game on a five-game winning streak and boasting top units on both sides of the ball. SMU is going to have a very difficult time stopping this Fresno State offense.
You have to give credit to SMU salvaging its season with a late run, but it comes into this matchup out-gunned and over-matched. The gap in talent with Fresno State is just too wide, especially when you compare the Bulldogs’ high-powered offense against the Mustangs’ defense. Stick with Fresno State all the way as it rolls to its 10th win of the season while easily covering the spread. Although I always come back closer to game time with an update, this is a no brainer. Fresno State will win this game by 3 touchdowns and I look for the Bulldogs to win this game going away and get the bowl season started with another easy winner. We have been on the right side in ever game and only fell a couple points short with Boise to talk about being undefeated. I see lots of points in tonights game as well. Merry Christmas!!!
FRESNO STATE -11 FRESNO STATE/SMU OVER 58 POINTS
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