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November 21, 2013
Scouting Report: SMU
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Team: Southern Methodist University
Location: Dallas, Texas
2012 Record: 7-6 (5-3) Conference USA
2013 record: 4-5 (3-2)
Head Coach: June Jones, 6th year
Game time: 7 PM, Raymond James Stadium. ESPN 3
The Bulls, 2-7 (2-3) are coming off of an ugly performance against Memphis in a game where they managed just 10 points. SMU, winners of 3 of their lat 4 games, comes in with a powerful offense that averages over 38 points a game and throws for nearly 380 yards a game through the air.
The SMU offense doesn't take a lot of shots deep down the field, but throws short passes in space, allowing receivers to get yardage after the quick catch. There will be a lot of passes seen in this game and a fast pace from the SMU offense.
Pope and Sanders are smaller linebackers, but together as a unit, they attack the gaps and make a lot of plays in the backfield. The get pressure and cause a lot of problems for opposing offenses.
Senior Chase Hover (6'2" 185 lbs.) is 15 for 18 on the season, hitting a long of 51 yards and hitting 83% of his field goals this season. The returners for SMU are effective, but most of the focus this week will be on their passing offense.