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Southern Methodist at Tulane
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane is coming off a bye week and is not tipping its hand as to which way it will go during a quarterback controversy. The Green Wave will unveil their choice and try to bounce back from a tough loss when they host SMU on Saturday.

Justin McMillan, a senior who transferred to Tulane from LSU this season, got his first extended look at quarterback in the second half at Cincinnati on Oct. 6 and threw a pair of touchdown passes while completing 11-of-26 for 130 yards. Jonathan Banks is the incumbent starter but is completing 49.6 percent of his passes and was just 1-of-5 passing before being replaced in the 37-21 loss to the Bearcats. SMU is struggling on the defensive end and ranks 124th out of 130 FBS teams with a scoring defense that surrenders an average of 39.7 points. The Mustangs have allowed at least 42 points in each of their four losses and are looking at a rough stretch of schedule with dates against Cincinnati and Houston coming up after the visit to Tulane.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Tulane -7

ABOUT SMU (2-4, 1-1 AAC): The Mustangs run a two-quarterback system with junior Ben Hicks and freshman William Brown splitting the snaps. Both quarterbacks threw a TD pass in a 48-20 loss at Central Florida on Oct. 6, marking the fourth consecutive game in which Brown and Hicks each found the end zone. Hicks threw for 153 yards against Central Florida to move into first place on the school's all-time passing list with 7,205 career yards, passing Chuck Hixson (7,179).

ABOUT TULANE (2-4, 1-1): Green Wave coach Willie Fritz hinted that he might use a two-quarterback system as well and is comfortable with either McMillan or Banks taking the snaps. "I’ve had some seasons where I’ve played two and been very successful," Fritz told the New Orleans Advocate. "I've had some years where I couldn’t figure out who to play because (both quarterbacks were bad). So, it’s good when we've got some good ones." Tulane also boasts a pair of solid rushers in Darius Bradwell (469 yards, five TDs) and Corey Dauphine (411, five) with each averaging at least six yards per carry.

EXTRA POINTS

1. SMU RB Braeden West reached 4,000 career all-purpose yards in the loss to Central Florida.

2. Tulane has totaled at least 100 yards rushing in each of the last 33 games.

3. The Mustangs have taken each of the last three meetings, though the last two were decided by a total of seven points.

PREDICTION: Tulane 24, SMU 17
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Southern Methodist 2-4 L1 28.2 39.7 2-1 0-3 0-1 0-0 1-1
Tulane 2-4 L1 25.0 30.2 2-1 0-3 0-0 0-0 1-1
Last Meeting
Southern Methodist Tulane
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/25/17 TULN 38 SMU 41 478 103 375 485 171 314
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Southern Methodist B. Hicks 72.7 375 4 2
Tulane J. Banks 58.1 314 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Southern Methodist K. Freeman 15 41 2.7 2
Tulane D. Bradwell 9 80 8.9 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Southern Methodist T. Quinn 6 139 23.2 2
Tulane D. Mooney 6 168 28.0 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Southern Methodist K. Freeman 2
Tulane D. Bradwell 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Southern Methodist B. Hicks 54.3 706 6 2
Tulane J. Banks 49.6 921 5 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Southern Methodist B. West 82 412 5.0 4
Tulane D. Bradwell 77 467 6.1 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Southern Methodist J. Proche 43 526 12.2 7
Tulane D. Mooney 30 544 18.1 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Southern Methodist J. Proche 7
Tulane D. Bradwell 5
Quickchart Matchup
Southern Methodist Southern Methodist Off vs  Tulane Tulane Def
Southern Methodist 352.3 yards
Tulane 450.8 yards
Southern Methodist 3.5 yards/rush
Tulane 4.4 yards/rush
Southern Methodist 6.7 yards/attempt
Tulane 8.1 yards/attempt
Tulane Tulane Off vs  Southern Methodist Southern Methodist Def
Tulane 379 yards
Southern Methodist 428.7 yards
Tulane 4.5 yards/rush
Southern Methodist 4.3 yards/rush
Tulane 7.5 yards/attempt
Southern Methodist 7.4 yards/attempt