Tulane vs. Army - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulane vs. Army - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Army Black Knights (2-1) at Tulane Green Wave (1-2)

College Football: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Yulman Stadium)

The Line: Tulane Green Wave -4 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Army Black Knights and Tulane Green Wave meet Saturday in college football action at Yulman Stadium.

The Army Black Knights look for their first road victory of the season to build on their 2-1 start. The Army Black Knights have split their last six road games. Ahmad Bradshaw is completing 23.5 percent of his passes for 36 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Bradshaw has zero touchdown passes in his last five games. Jordan Asberry and Kell Walker have combined for 28 receiving yards on two receptions while Zach Saum has one reception. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 364.6 yards per contest, and Bradshaw leads the way with 374 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Army is allowing 20.3 points and 401.3 yards per game. Jaylon McClinton leads the Army Black Knights with 18 tackles, John Voit has 2.5 sacks and James Gibson has two pass deflections. 

The Tulane Green Wave need a nice victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Tulane Green Wave have lost four of their last six home games. Jonathan Banks is completing 65 percent of his passes for 198 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Banks and Johnathan Brantley have combined for 299 passing yards this season. Terren Encalade and Dontrell Hilliard have combined for 188 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Darnell Mooney has four receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 241.3 yards per contest, and Hilliard leads the way with 208 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 31 points and 394 yards per game. Rae Juan Marbley leads the Tulane Green Wave with 20 tackles, Luke Jackson has 3.5 sacks and Parry Nickerson has one interception.

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The Black Knights are 10-24-1 ATS in their last 35 road games, 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. AAC. The Green Wave are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games in September and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss. The road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Tulane.

I know Army a run-first team like the rest of the naval academies, but the Black Knights have zero passing game, making life so much easier for the opposing defense. You have to be able to complete a pass once a while to keep a defense honest, and Army simply hasn't been able to do that in three games. Tulane has lost it's last two games, but it lost to Navy by just two points on the road and managed to get 20 first downs against Oklahoma. The fact the Green Wave already played Navy and it's triple option should help them here. It's easier to defend an offense if you saw it already. This is a game where Tulane should win by at least a touchdown. 

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Randy’s Pick Tulane Green Wave -4

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

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