Tulsa vs. Tulane - 10/22/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa vs. Tulane - 10/22/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Tulane Green Wave (3-3) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-2)

College Football: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm (Chapman Stadium)

The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -11.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Tulane Green Wave will travel to Chapman Stadium to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Tulane Green Wave had their two game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-3 (0-2 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the Memphis Tigers, 24-14, this past Saturday. Tulane was able to hang around with the Tigers however, couldn’t generate enough on the offensive end to fight back after falling behind 16-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Tulane was outgained by Memphis by a 399-313 margin and committed 3 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Green Wave was RB Lazedrick Thompson who gained 69 rushing yards on just 8 carries. On the season, Tulane is averaging 28.2 ppg on 343.7 total yards per game (110.0 passing, 233.7 rushing). Offensively, the Green Wave have been led by their rushing attack that ranks 22nd in the country. Leading the way for the Tulane rushing attack has been RB Dontrell Hilliard (13.2 att/g, 67.5 yds/g, 5 TD), RB Josh Rounds (9.33 att/g, 49.8 yds/g, 4 TD), RB Lazedrick Thompson (6.5 att/g, 37.0 yds/g, 3 TD), and QB Glen Cuiellette (10.8 att/g, 26.7 yds/g, TD). QB Glen Cuiellette has completed 45.9% of his passes for 6 TD and 3 INT while averaging 102.7 passing yds/game. Terren Encalade (3.7 rec/g, 49.8 yds/g, 4 TD) and Darnell Mooney (1.7 rec/g, 20.2 yds/g, TD) have been the leading receivers for the Green Wave. Defensively, Tulane is holding their opponents to an average of 22.7 ppg on 324.0 total yards per game (182.2 passing, 141.8 rushing). Tulane has forced 15 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of +8.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 4-2 (1-1 AAC) after being defeated by the 13th ranked Houston Cougars, 38-31, this past Saturday. In an exciting game, Tulsa fell just short of forcing OT as they were stopped at the Cougars 1-yard line on the last play of regulation. Tulsa was outgained by Houston by a 522-459 margin however, did win the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane was QB Dane Evans who completed 27 of 51 passes for 365 yards, 1 TD, an INT. On the season, Tulsa is averaging 38.0 ppg on 470.2 total yards per game (264.2 passing, 206.0 rushing). Offensively, Tulsa has been led by the rushing duo of D’Angelo Brewer (24.2 att/g, 123.7 yds/g, 4 TD) and James Flanders (13.5 att/g, 76.7 yds/g, 5 TD). QB Dane Evans has completed 57.3% of his passes for 10 TD and 8 INT while averaging 250.0 passing yds/game. Keevan Lucas (6.8 rec/g, 99.3 yds/g, 5 TD), Justin Hobbs (4.7 rec/g, 64.8 yds/g, 3 TD), Josh Atkinson (5.5 rec/g, 62.8 yds/g, 2 TD), and Keenen Johnson (8.0 rec/g, 94.0 yds/g) are the leading receivers for the Golden Hurricanes. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 33.0 ppg on 409.8 total yards per game (235.7 passing, 174.2 rushing). The Golden Hurricane has committed 13 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of -2.

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The Green Wave are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and 4-2 ATS on the season. The Golden Hurricane are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous games and 3-3 ATS on the season.

Tulane has done a solid job this season controlling the clock with their rushing attack and have been very competitive with some very good teams in Navy, Memphis and Wake Forest. Tulsa once again has one of the most explosive offenses in the country as the Golden Hurricane rank 26th in scoring offense and 31st in total offense. It’s hard not to go with the Golden Hurricane after their performance on the road against Houston, however, as Tulane has been solid on the defensive end throughout the season and should have success rushing the football, I think the Green Wave will be able to do enough to keep this one within the large number. Take Tulane and the points. 

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Brett’s Pick Tulane Green Wave +11.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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