Ohio State vs. Tulane - 9/22/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulane Green Wave (1-2) at Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -35.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tulane Green Wave and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio 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 nine of their last 11 road games. Jonathan Banks is completing 48.1 percent of his passes for 651 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Banks has two or more touchdown passes three of his last five games. Darnell Mooney and Terren Encalade have combined for 556 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jabril Clewis has two receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 199.3 yards per contest, and Corey Dauphine leads the way with 236 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 23.7 points and 465.3 yards per game. Zachery Harris leads the Tulane Green Wave with 25 tackles, Tirise Barge has one sack and Donnie Lewis Jr. has two interceptions.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes look for another victory to start 4-0 for the third time in the last four years. The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost just two home games since the start of the 2015 season. Dwayne Haskins is completing 72.5 percent of his passes for 890 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Haskins has 15 touchdown passes on 148 career pass attempts. K.J. Hill and Terry McLaurin have combined for 403 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Austin Mack has 12 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 260.6 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 281 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 20.7 points and 345.7 yards per game. Nick Bosa leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 14 tackles, Dre'Mont Jones has three sacks and Kendall Sheffield has one interception.
The Green Wave are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 10-4 in Buckeyes last 14 games overall and the under is 5-2 in Green Wave last 7 games overall.
The Tulane Green Wave have a history of keeping games close and five of their last six losses have been decided by less than 10 points. However, Tulane doesn't play a ton of powerhouses, and five of their last six games against ranked teams have resulted in losses by double digits. The Ohio State Buckeyes have covered seven of their last 12 games when an underdog of at least 20 points. The only concern with the Buckeyes in this game is a possible look ahead spot with a road game against Penn State on deck. This is the perfect trap game for OSU, as it's sandwiched between the TCU game and PSU. This is a lot of chalk to lay and there's better options on the board, but if Ohio State plays like Ohio State, this should be a big blowout. The Tulane Green Wave simply lack the athletes to hang with the Buckeyes.