Louisiana-Monroe vs. Memphis - 10/5/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Memphis Tigers (4-0) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 3:45 pm (Malone Stadium)
The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +14.5 -- Over/Under: 64 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Memphis Tigers and the Louisiana-Monroe WarHawks meet in a week 6 college football matchup from Malone Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Memphis Tigers will look to remain unbeaten and built on their 4-0 start to the year after a 35-23 win over Navy last time out. Brady White has thrown for 914 yards, 8 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 73.3% passing while Kenneth Gainwell has rushed for a team-high 411 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Kylan Watkins and Patrick Taylor Jr. each have 100+ rushing yards for the Tigers this season while Damonte Coxie leads Memphis in receiving with 18 catches for 278 yards while Antonio Gibson has 186 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Kedarian Jones has 10 grabs for 142 receiving yards while Joey Magnifico has 132 receiving yards this season. Defensively, Sanchez Blake leads Memphis with 23 total tackles including 17 solo tackles while JJ Russell is right behind with 22 total tackles this season. As a team, Memphis is averaging 442.5 yards of total offense and 36.8 points per game while allowing 263 yards of total defense including the fewest passing yards per game against, allowing just 103 passing yards per game and 15.8 points per game this season.
The Louisiana-Monroe WarHawks will look for a big home win to get back above .500, sitting at 2-2 following a 30-17 win over South Alabama in their last outing. Caleb Evans leads ULM with 886 passing yards, 8 touchdowns and 2 interceptions with a 66.1% completion percentage while Josh Johnson leads the WarHawks in rushing with 479 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Evans also has 174 rushing yards and 3 rushing scores for the WarHawks this season. Josh Pederson leads the WarHawks with 16 receptions for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns. Markis McCray, Xavier Brown, Jonathan Hodoh and Brandius Batiste each have 100+ receiving yards for ULM this season. Defensively, Cortez Sisco Jr. has a team-high 25 total tackles while Rashaad Harding has 23 total tackles and a pair of sacks. Gerald Louis Jr. leads ULM with 2.5 sacks while Corey Straughter has 3 interceptions and Chase Day has a pair of picks this season. As a team, Louisiana-Monroe is averaging 443.8 yards of total offense and 31.2 points per game while allowing 499.8 yards of total defense and 35.8 points per game against this season.
Memphis is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the over is 11-4 in their last 15 non-conference games. Louisiana-Monroe is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 10-26-1 ATS in their last 37 home games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 non-conference games.
You can make a case for ULM and the two free touchdowns at home as the WarHawks took Florida State to the wire in OT on the road and have won both of their home games this season. However, the WarHawks were also throttled by an above average offensive unit in Iowa State, losing by 52 to the Cyclones on the road a couple of weeks ago. Memphis is just as talented offensively if not more so, can neutralize any aerial attack the WarHawks bring to the table and have already shown they can go on the road and crush a team from the Sun Belt, taking down South Alabama by 36 a couple of weeks ago. I just don’t see ULM hanging around here, so I’ll lay the points with Memphis in this one.