Tulane at Tulsa: 11/19/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-1) vs Tulane Green Wave (5-4)
Game Info: Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium)
Betting Odds: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -4.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Tulane Green Wave will travel to Chapman Stadium to take on the 25th ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane this Thursday night in College Football action.
The Tulane Green Wave won their 3rd straight game and improved to 5-4 (2-4 AAC) on the season after defeating the Army Black Knights, 38-12, this past Saturday. Tulane did a great job forcing the Black Knight into committing turnovers and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 31-12 lead on a 14-yard TD run by Jha’Quan Jackson. Tulane outgained Army by a 368-303 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Green Wave was QB Michael Pratt who completed 19 of 27 passes for 197 yards & 2 TD’s.
On the season, Tulane is averaging 36.7 ppg on 404.3 total yards per game (180.2 passing yds/g; 224.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Tulane has been led by their backfield trio of Stephon Huderson (83 att, 548 yards, 3 TD), Cameron Carroll (97 att, 542 yards, 10 TD), and Amare Jones (53 att, 314 yards, 2 TD). QB Michael Pratt has completed 55.3% of his passes for 1,308 yards, 14 TD, and 4 INT while also adding 5 rushing TD’s. The top receivers for the Green Wave have been Duece Watts (26 rec, 448 yards, 5 TD), Jha’Quan Jackson (25 rec, 298 yards, 5 TD), and Phat Watts (13 rec, 161 yards).
Defensviely, Tulane is allowing their opponents to average 27.6 ppg on 418.0 total yards per game (275.0 passing yds/g; 143.0 rushing yds/g).
The 25th ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane won their 4th straight game and improved to 4-1 (4-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the 19th ranked SMU Mustangs, 28-24, this past Saturday. Tulsa got off to a slow start and went into halftime trailing by a 24-7 margin, however, the defense stepped up huge in the 2nd half and the Golden Hurricane was able to complete the come from behind victory after taking the lead for good on a 4-yard TD reception by James Palmer with just 2:11 left in the game. Tulsa outgained by SMU by a 455-351 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane QB Zach Smith who completed 26 of 38 passes for 325 yards, 3 TD, & 1 INT.
On the season, Tulsa is averaging 29.0 ppg on 412.0 total yards per game (250.2 passing yds/g; 161.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Tulsa has been led by the RB duo of Deneric Prince (63 att, 336 yards, 2 TD) and T.K. Wilkerson (70 att, 291 yards, 4 TD). QB Zach Smith has completed 61.5% of his passes for 1,249 yards, 10 TD, and 6 INT. The top receiving threats for the Smith and the Golden Hurricane have been Keylon Stokes (28 rec, 428 yards, 2 TD), Josh Johnson (25 rec, 313 yards, 4 TD), Sam Crawford Jr. (16 rec, 220 yards, TD), and JuanCarlos Santana (15 rec, 215 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Tulsa is holding their opponents to an average of 21.8 ppg on 370.2 total yards per game (237.2 passing yds/g; 133.0 rushing yds/g).
The Green Wave are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games on fieldturf. The Golden Hurricane are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games and 19-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Tulane has been playing well over the last three weeks but the Tulane rushing attack is going to be tested this week as Tulsa has one of the better defense in the entire country and comes into this game ranked 36th in rushing defense. Tulsa’s offense can struggle at times, however, I’m not sold on the Tulane defense and as I think the Golden Hurricane will be able to put up plenty up points at home, I’m taking Tulsa to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!