Tulane at Southern Miss - 9/26/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Tulane Green Wave (1-1) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium)
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles +3.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Tulane Green Wave will travel to M. M. Roberts Stadium to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Tulane Green Wave dropped to 1-1 (0-1 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the Navy Midshipmen, 27-24, this past Saturday. Tulane came out of the gates strong and looked like they were in control after going into halftime with a 24-0 lead, however, the Green Wave came out flat on both ends of the ball in the 2nd half and allowed Navy to fight back and win the game on a 33-yard FG as time expired. Tulane outgained Navy by a 373-350 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Green Wave was RB Tyjae Spears who had 119 rushing yards on 18 carries.
On the season, Tulane is averaging 25.5 ppg on 383.5 total yards per game (234.0 rushing yds/g; 149.5 passing yds/g). Tulane is a team that likes to run the football and is led by the backfield of RB Tyjae Spears (29 att, 224 yards), RB Cameron Carroll (21 att, 88 yards, 4 TD), RB Amare Jones (10 att, 70 yards, TD), and QB Keon Howard (13 att, 57 yards, TD). QB Keon Howard has completed 24 of 55 passes for 299 yards and an INT. The top receiving targets for Howard and the Green Wave have been Tyrick James (3 rec, 61 yards), Jha’Quan Jackson (4 rec, 50 yards), and Phat Watts (4 rec, 37 yards).
Defensively, Tulane is allowing their opponents to average 25.5 ppg on 368.0 total yards per game (134.5 rushing yds/g; 233.5 passing yds/g).
The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles dropped to 0-2 (0-1 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 31-30, this past Saturday. Southern Mississippi led by a 27-10 margin midway through the 3rd quarter, however, the defensive struggled late and allowed Louisiana Tech to get the come from behind victory after the Bulldogs scored the winning TD with just :14 seconds left in regulation. Southern Mississippi outgained Louisiana Tech by a 393-381 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was WR Tim Jones who had 160 yards and 2 TD’s on 8 receptions.
On the season, Southern Mississippi is averaging 25.5 ppg on 401.0 total yards per game (112.0 rushing yds/g; 289.0 passing yds/g). Offensively, Southern Mississippi has been led by QB Jack Abraham who has completed 71.9% of his passes for 578 yards, 3 TD, and an INT. The top receivers for the Golden Eagles have been Tim Jones (14 rec, 299 yards, 2 TD), Jason Brownlee (10 rec, 81 yards, TD), and Demarcus Jones (6 rec, 63 yards). Leading the way for the Southern Mississippi backfield has been Frank Gore Jr. (18 att, 71 yards), Kevin Perkins (13 att, 65 yards, TD), and Don Ragsdale (18 att, 63 yards, TD).
Defensively, Southern Mississippi is allowing their opponents to average 31.5 ppg on 453.5 total yards per game (163.0 rushing yds/g; 290.5 passing yds/g).
The Green Wave are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home underdog, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning record.
Tulane has to be disappointed after allowing Navy to come back last weekend, however, the Green Wave is still a very good football team that does a great job controlling the clock with their rushing attack. Southern Mississippi looked much better last week against Louisiana Tech after a shocking home loss to South Alabama in their home opener and look as if their passing attack is in good hands with Jack Abraham and Tim Jones. I think Tulane is the better football team, however, the Golden Eagles have been decent agianst the run this season and as I think their passing attack will keep this one close, I think the play here is to take Southern Mississippi and the points. Good Luck!