Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Arkansas State Red Wolves - 9/26/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Arkansas State Red Wolves - 9/26/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Tulsa (0-1) at Arkansas State (1-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Centennial Bank Stadium)

The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves -2.5 -- Over/Under: 66 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Centennial Bank Stadium to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane dropped to 0-1 (0-0 AAC) on the season after losing their 2020 opener to the 11th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, 16-7, this past Saturday. Tulsa led a low-scoring affair by a 7-3 margin going into the 4th quarter, however, the Golden Hurricane could not hang onto the victory after allowing the Cowboys to score 13 unanswered points to finish off the game. Tulsa was outgained by Oklahoma State by just a 279-278 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss.

Offensively, Tulsa was led by QB Zack Smith who completed 18 of 28 passes for 166 yards, 1 TD, and an INT. Smith’s main targets in the passing game was Josh Johnson (5 rec, 63 yards, TD), Keylon Stokes (4 rec, 55 yards), and Sam Crawford Jr. (4 rec, 24 yards). The Golden Hurricane backfield was led by Deneric Prince who had 82 yards on 13 carries. RB T.K. Wilkerson also chipped in 22 rushing yards on 9 carries for Tulsa.

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Despite the loss, Tulsa was outstanding defensively against the Cowboys and held one of the best RB’s in College Football in Chuba Hubbard to just 93 yards on 27 carries (3.4 yds/car). Tulsa’s defense was led by Malcolm Rodriguez who had 10 tackles (1 sack) and Kolby Harvell-Peel who had 3 tackles and an INT.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves improved to 1-1 (0-0 Sun Belt) on the season after upsetting the Kansas State Wildcats, 35-31, on September 12th. Arkansas State allowed Kansas State to come back and take a late lead after getting out to a 28-21 lead early in the 4th quarter, however, the Red Wolves were still able to get upset victory after a Jonathan Adams 17 yards TD catch gave Arkansas State the lead for good with :38 seconds left to go. Arkansas State outgained Kansas State by a 489-374 margin in the victory.

On the season, Arkansas State is averaging 29.5 ppg on 456.5 total yards per game (142.0 rushing yds/g; 314.5 passing yds/g). Arkansas State has used two QB’s this season as Logan Bonner has completed 60.8% of his passes for 337 yards, 3 TD, and 3 INT while Layne Hatcher has completed 67.9% of his passes for 227 yards and 2 TD’s. The main receiving targets for the Red Wolves have been Jonathan Adams Jr. (14 rec, 163 yards, 3 TD), Roshauud Paul (6 rec, 102 yards, TD), Dahu Green (5 rec, 99 yards), and Reed Taylor (6 rec, 49 yards). Leading the way for the Arkansas State backfield has been Jamal Jones who had 159 rushing yards on 31 carries.

Defensviely, Arkansas State is allowing their opponents to average 34.0 ppg on 438 total yards per game (165.5 rushing yds/g; 281.5 passing yds/g).

The Golden Hurricane are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Red Wolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. 

Arkansas State is coming off one of their biggest wins in program history, defending a Power 5 school on the road, however, I think the Red Wolves are going to have trouble in this game against an underrated Tulsa team. Tulsa’s defense looked outstanding agianst a very good offense in Oklahoma State and as I think the Tulsa offense will have some better success agianst a Red Wolves defense that has given up at least 30 points in each of their first two games, I’m taking Tulsa and the points. Good Luck.

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Brett’s Pick Tulsa Golden Hurricane +2.5

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