College Football TV Schedule 2019: Where to Watch SMU vs. Memphis, TV Channel, Live Stream and Odds

There are only two top-25 matchups in Week 10 of the college football seasons, but both carry significant weight.

Florida and Georgia collide on neutral ground in the only all top-10 affair of the weekend, while Memphis hosts Southern Methodist in a showdown to take control of the American Athletic Conference.

The potential implications of the matchup and Week 10's unusually light schedule—four of the top five programs are not in action this weekend—have seen the game selected by ESPN for its College GameDay show.

On Monday, the broadcaster announced the pregame show will make its first appearance in Memphis this weekend, while SMU will return on the show for the first time since it played on the road at then-No. 10 Houston in 2011.

Hey Memphis ... THE WAIT IS OVER! WE'RE COMING TO YOUR CITY!@SMU_Football vs. @MemphisFB. See you Saturday!

(📍 @HomeDepot)

— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 28, 2019

Incidentally, the Mustangs traveled to Houston last week too, winning to 34-31 to improve to 8-0 and remain one of the only nine undefeated FBS programs.

SMU conceded 510 total yards, gave up a further 129 across 11 penalties and turned the ball over three overs but held its nerve when it mattered to remain unbeaten.

While not pretty, the win against Houston was enough for the program to gain a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, climbing up to 15th—the program's highest ranking in 34 years.

Memphis, meanwhile, entered the top-25 as No.24 after winning 42-41 on the road against Tulsa.

It wasn't for a two-point loss at Temple earlier this month, the Tigers would arrive into the weekend with an 8-0 record themselves.

Instead, they enter what is the de-facto AAC West Division title game at 7-1.
Saturday's matchup has all the ingredients to be a shootout, with offenses ranking in the top-10 in terms of points scored per game and in the top-20 in total yards.

Memphis has scored 35 or more points in six of its last seven wins, while SMU has put up 40 or more points in all but two games so far this season.

Memphis Tigers
Kedarian Jones #13, Kylan Watkins #17, and Brady White #3 of the Memphis Tigers react against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field on October 12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty

Tigers quarterback Brady White has thrown for 2,161 yards, 20 touchdown passes and just four interceptions this season, while Kenneth Gainwell has 979 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns so far.

Meanwhile, SMU signal caller has 2,325 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and seven picks and Xavier Jones has rushed for 884 yards and 14 scores.

It's no surprise then that ABC has opted to broadcast the game in primetime on Saturday night, even though the AAC is not one of the traditional Power 5 conference.

"I think it's good for our fans, certainly good for the conference," SMU head coach Sonny Dykes said in his press conference on Monday.

"I think the American conference is a lot better than people think. [...] For us, it's obviously a step in the right direction. I think you don't get to play in these kind of games unless you've had some level of success."

Here's all you need to know ahead of Saturday.

When and where is the game?

The SMU Mustangs take on the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday, November 2.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ABC's digital platforms.

Series record

Saturday is only the 12th meeting between the two programs, with Memphis prevailing eight times and SMU winning on three occasions.

The Tigers have won the last five meetings against the Mustangs, defeating the, 28-18 in Dallas a year ago.


According to Oddschecker, Memphis is a 5.5-point favorite and is 22/25 to cover the spread, while SMU is a 7/4 underdog.