Tulane Green Wave (3-4) at Memphis Tigers (6-1)
College Football: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Liberty Bowl)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -10.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Tulane Green Wave and Memphis Tigers meet Friday in college football action at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The Tulane Green Wave look for their first road win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Tulane Green Wave have lost six of their last seven road games. Jonathan Banks is completing 51.1 percent of his passes for 723 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Banks has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Terren Encalade and Darnell Mooney have combined for 462 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Dontrell Hilliard has six receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 266 yards per contest, and Hilliard leads the way with 701 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 27.9 points and 421.1 yards per game. Rae Juan Marbley leads the Tulane Green Wave with 59 tackles, Luke Jackson has 3.5 sacks and Parry Nickerson has three interceptions.
The Memphis Tigers look to remain unbeaten at home to build on their impressive 6-1 record. The Memphis Tigers have won five straight home games. Riley Ferguson is completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,285 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. Ferguson has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Anthony Miller and Tony Pollard have combined for 1,075 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Phil Mayhue has 21 receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 158.7 yards per contest, and Darrell Henderson leads the way with 541 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 34.4 points and 488.4 yards per game. Austin Hall leads the Memphis Tigers with 49 tackles, Ernest Suttles has two sacks and Terrell Carter has four interceptions.
The Green Wave are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Tigers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games in October, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The Green Wave are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Memphis, 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Memphis has owned Tulane over the years against the number, which includes winning the last six meetings by 10 or more points. The Green Wave have actually been a decent football team this season, but I question just where the offense is going to come from to hang with the explosive Tigers. Tulane has scored 28 or less points in five of its last six games, and that's simply not going to cut it with the way Ferguson and company and throwing the ball across the yard. While Memphis' defense makes it tough to predict a double-digit victory, you can't ignore the history between these two clubs. Give me the Tigers in a blowout.