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Tulsa at Memphis - 10/31/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-6) at Memphis Tigers (4-3)

College Football: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Liberty Bowl)

The Line: Memphis Tigers -24.5 -- Over/Under: 60.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Memphis Tigers meet Friday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have dropped six straight games and have been absolutely brutal on both sides of the ball. Starting with the defense, Tulsa is allowing 40.7 points, 494.9 yards, and has forced eight turnovers and 11 sacks. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have allowed 31 or more points in eight straight games. Michael Mudoh leads Tulsa with 62 tackles and Derrick Alexander has 7.5 tackles for loss. Offensively, Dane Evans is completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Evans has started to pick things up a bit, throwing three touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games. Tulsa has 18 passing plays of 25 or more yards, and Keevan Lucas leads the way with 809 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Lucas is Tulsa’s biggest playmaker, and he’s scored in four straight games. Tulsa’s ground game is averaging 3.5 yards per carry, as Zack Langer leads the way with 463 yards and three touchdowns.

Tulsa at Memphis - 10/31/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Memphis Tigers are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season and will turn to their balanced offense to get the job done. Paxton Lynch is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. Lynch, who leads Memphis with six rushing touchdowns, has scored four total touchdowns and thrown three picks in his last two games. Memphis has 17 passing plays of 25 or more yards and seven different receivers with at least one touchdown reception. Tevin Jones leads the way with 322 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Memphis averages 4.1 yards per carry but is expected to be without playmaker Sam Craft. Look for Brandon Hayes, who leads Memphis with 322 rushing yards, to get majority of the workload. Defensively, the Memphis Tigers are allowing 19.3 points, 342 yards, and they’ve forced 17 turnovers and 18 sacks. Tank Jakes leads Memphis with 52 tackles and Bobby McCain has three interceptions.

The Golden Hurricane are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Golden Hurricane are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

I know Memphis is the much better team here, but we're getting a truckload of points. Dane Evans has improved his game recently and is taking better care of the football. I don't love the pick, but simply can't leave this many points on the table against a Memphis team that has been up and down all season long. 

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Tulsa Golden Hurricane +24.5

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