Tulane Green Wave (5-5) at Houston Cougars (7-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 15, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Houston Cougars -10 -- Over/Under:
The Tulane Green Wave and Houston Cougars meet Thursday in college football action at TDECU Stadium.
The Tulane Green Wave look for a fourth straight victory to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2013 season. The Tulane Green Wave have lost three of their last five road games. Jonathan Banks is completing 51.8 percent of his passes for 1,074 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Banks and Justin McMillan have combined for 11 touchdown passes and two interceptions this season. Darnell Mooney and Terren Encalade have combined for 1,376 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Jabril Clewis has six receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 215.8 yards per contest, and Darius Bradwell leads the way with 829 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 25.8 points and 422.1 yards per game. Zachery Harris leads the Tulane Green Wave with 64 tackles, Patrick Johnson has nine sacks and Donnie Lewis Jr. has three interceptions.
The Houston Cougars look to snap a string of back-to-back losses to win at least eight games for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Houston Cougars have won four of their last five home games. D’Eriq King is completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,900 yards, 35 touchdowns and six interceptions. King has three or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. Marquez Stevenson and Keith Corbin have combined for 1,462 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Courtney Lark has 32 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 229.6 yards per contest, and Patrick Carr leads the way with 594 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 34.4 points and 489.8 yards per game. Austin Robinson leads the Houston Cougars with 96 tackles, Isaiah Chambers has 4.5 sacks and Garrett Davis has two interceptions.
The Green Wave are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games on turf, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on turf. The Green Wave are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Houston, 3-11 ATS in their last 14 meetings and the favorite is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 meetings.
The Tulane Green Wave are one win away from reaching a bowl game for the first time in five years, and they're outscoring teams by an average of 13 points during their three-game winning streak. The Houston Cougars are coming off back-to-back losses and have given up no less than 36 points in each of their last four games. The Tulane Green Wave have failed to cover six of their last nine games when a double-digit underdog. The Houston Cougars have covered five of their last eight games when a double-digit favorite. Tulane has to be the more motivated team here, as they're playing for something big, while Houston has let a possible AAC title slip away and the defense all of a sudden has fallen apart. Tulane also rarely gets blown out, as six of its last nine losses have been decided by single digits. While it's the last home game of the year for the Houston Cougars, Tulane and the points seems like the play here.