Tulane Green Wave vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pick-Odds-Prediction 9/6/14
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0) at Tulane Green Wave (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Yulman Stadium)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +10 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets travel to Tulane to play the Green Wave on Saturday afternoon.
Georgia Tech defeated Wofford in their season opener 38-19. QB Justin Thomas led the way for the Yellow Jackets with 353 yards of total offense. Thomas went 11 of 15 for 282 yards, while also rushing for 71 yards on the ground. Thomas played in 10 games last year but he usually came in when the game was over and the Yellow Jackets were just running the ball. RB Zach Laskey also rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Laskey, who had 485 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns last year, is Georgia Tech’s lead returning starter from last season. WR DeAndre Smelter caught 5 balls for 132 yards along with two touchdowns. Smelter is the top returning receiver from last year and he has great size and ability to help the Yellow Jacket passing game succeed. The Georgia Tech defense gave up 326 yards to Wofford. The top returning defensive lineman is Adam Gotsis from Australia. He is a junior, 6' 5" 285, and he had 5.5 sacks last year to go with 38 tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss. The best returning cornerback is D.J. White. The 5' 11", 190 lb corner saved his best for last during the bowl game last year when he recorded career high in tackles with 13. Georgia Tech will now head out on the road for their first true test of the season.
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The Tulane Green Wave lost their season opener to Tulsa 38-31 last Thursday night. This was Tulane’s American Athletic Conference debut. The Green Wave produced 516 yards of total yard, but the defense allowed 592 total yards. QB Tanner Lee completed 22 of 44 passes for 262 yards to go along with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. WR Justyn Shackleford caught 8 balls for 113 yards on Thursday. RB Sherman Badie rushed for an impressive 215 yards and 1 touchdown. Last season, Tulane earned a spot in a bowl game and they hope to repeat that accomplishment this year. Tulane lost three starting offensive linemen from last year, but their replacements are massive in size and should play well. Defensively, Tulane will need to play better than they did last week. Most of the defensive line return from last year, but the linebacking unit lost three starters from last year. Most players are back from the 2013 Green Wave defense, but the players that left may have a significant impact unless some players step up. Tulane will have a good idea where the defense stands after they play Georgia Tech this weekend.
Tulane, with some talented skill players, should have no problem putting up points against the Yellow Jackets. However, Georgia Tech can put up some big numbers on offense and Tulane may have lost too many key players on defense to slow down the Yellow Jackets. I think Tulane will keep things interesting early, but Georgia Tech will get the win late. I’ll take the points with Tulane and I also think this game will go over 60 combined points.