Memphis Tigers at Tulane Green Wave - 10/14/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Tigers (4-1) at Tulane Green Wave (3-2)
College Football: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Yulman Stadium)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +10.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Tigers will travel to play the Tulane Green Wave in an American Athletic Conference college football game on Friday night.
The Tulane Green Wave are 3-2 (0-1) this season after beating UMASS in their last game by a score of 31-24. Tulane was supposed to play UCF last weekend, but that game was rescheduled due to bad weather. The Tulane offense is averaging 31 points per game with 246.6 rushing yards and 103.2 passing yards per game. Glen Cuiellette is completing 50% of his passes for 472 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Tulane. Dontrell Hilliard has rushed for 384 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Josh Rounds has added 266 yards and 4 scores for the Green Wave. Terren Encalade has caught 19 passes for 252 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Darnell Mooney has caught 6 passes for 76 yards and 1 touchdown for Tulane. The Tulane defense is giving up 22.4 points per game with 137.6 rushing yards and 171.4 passing yards per game. Nico Marley has led the Tulane defense with 38 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 interception, while Tanzel Smart has added 25 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. Andrew DiRocco has gone 7-9 on field goals, with a long of 48 yards.
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The Memphis Tigers are 4-1 (1-0) this season after beating Temple by a score of 34-27 in their last game. Memphis was outgained by over 200 total yards but was able to force 3 turnovers and get the win. The Memphis offense is averaging 43.4 points per game with 164.6 rushing yards and 281.6 passing yards per game. Riley Ferguson is completing 66.3% of his passes for 1360 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Memphis. Doroland Dorceus has rushed for 346 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Patrick Taylor has added 239 yards and 1 score for the Tigers. Anthony Miller has caught 28 passes for 406 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Phil Mayhue has caught 20 passes for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns for Memphis. The Memphis defense is giving up 20.4 points per game with 134.2 rushing yards and 269 passing yards per game. Genard Avery has led the Memphis defense with 35 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, while Austin Hall has added 24 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. Jake Elliott has gone 7-9 on field goals for Memphis, with a long of 50 yards.
Memphis is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Friday games and 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 October games. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 Friday games for Memphis. Tulane is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 0-9 ATS in their last 9 Friday games. The under is 4-1 in Tulane’s last 5 Friday games. The under is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 meetings.
Tulane comes into this game relying heavily on their ground game and defense to get the job done. Memphis has started the season 4-1, but will be on the road for this game. The Memphis defense is allowing slightly over 20 points per game and it will be interesting to see who will control the line of scrimmage. I like Tulane to have some success in their ground game and expect them to keep it close.