Navy vs. Tulane - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulane Green Wave (1-0) at Navy Midshipmen (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Navy Midshipmen -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Net
The Tulane Green Wave and Navy Midshipmen meet Saturday in college football action at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Tulane Green Wave look for another victory after beating up Gambling in their season opener, 43-14. The Tulane Green Wave have lost four of their last six road games. Jonathan Banks is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 185 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Banks now has three touchdown passes on 15 career pass attempts. Dontrell Hilliard and Terren Encaladen have combined for 127 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Darnell Mooney has two receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 296 yards per contest, and Banks leads the way with 69 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 14 points and 225 yards per game. Parry Nickerson leads the Tulane Green Wave with six tackles, Luke Jackson has one sack and Donnie Lewis Jr. has one interception.
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The Navy Midshipmen also hope for a 2-0 start after beating the FAU Owls, 42-19. The Navy Midshipmen have won five of their last six home games. Zach Abey is completing 30 percent of his passes for 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Abey has two passing touchdowns on 45 career pass attempts. Tyler Carmona and Darryl Bonner have combined for 95 receiving yards and one touchdown while Craig Scott has one reception. The Navy Midshipmen ground game is averaging 416 yards per contest, and Abey leads the way with 235 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Navy is allowing 19 points and 326 yards per game. Sean Williams leads the Navy Midshipmen with eight tackles, Jerry Thompson has one sack and Micah Thomas has one interception.
The Green Wave are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Midshipmen are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 conference games. The Green Wave are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Navy, the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Tulane has a playmaker at quarterback, and that's going to lead to a lot of victories this season. However, Navy is a disciplined football team that won't allow one guy to beat them. Also, the Midshipmen proved week one that they're going to be just fine on the offensive end, as that triple-option is deadly with all the players they throw at a defense. The Green Wave will be worn out by the third quarter, and that's when Navy opens it up and covers the two touchdown spread. Tulane isn't built to hang with this Navy team that picked up where it left off a season ago.