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Tulane vs. Houston - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Cougars (6-3) at Tulane Green Wave (4-6)

College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Yulman Stadium)

The Line: Tulane Green Wave +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The Houston Cougars and Tulane Green Wave meet Saturday in college football action at Yulman Stadium.

The Houston Cougars look for their third straight win to reach at least seven wins for a fifth straight year. The Houston Cougars have split their last eight road games. D'Eriq King is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 489 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. King has four touchdown passes on his last 41 pass attempts. Steven Dunbar and Linell Bonner have combined for 1,347 receiving yards and six touchdowns while King has 29 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 178.5 yards per contest, and Duke Catalon leads the way with 596 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 24.3 points and 431.7 yards per game. D'Juan Hines leads the Houston Cougars with 86 tackles, Ed Oliver has 2.5 sacks and Garrett Davis has four interceptions. 

Tulane vs. Houston - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tulane Green Wave look for back-to-back wins for the second time this season to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Tulane Green Wave have lost six of their last 10 home games. Jonathan Banks is completing 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,232 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Banks has three touchdown passes and two interceptions in his last three games. Terren Encalade and Darnell Mooney have combined for 836 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jabril Clewis has 13 receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 244.1 yards per contest, and Hilliard leads the way with 997 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 29.2 points and 431 yards per game. Rae Juan Marbley leads the Tulane Green Wave with 80 tackles, Luke Jackson has 3.5 sacks and Parry Nickerson has four interceptions.

The Cougars are 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 road games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 conference games and 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Green Wave are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games in November and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cougars are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Tulane, 11-2 ATS in their last 13 meetings and the favorite is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 meetings.

Houston seems to have right the ship the last couple of weeks and continues to be a covering machine on the road with covers in 21 of their last 29 tries. Tulane has been beat up most of the season and needed overtime to beat a brutal East Carolina squad that plays zero defense. I value home teams when it's the last game of the season, as teams play hard and want to send guys off with a victory, but there's a wide talent gap between these two squads and Houston has printed money in terms of covering on the road. Give me the Cougars by double digits.

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