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Tulane vs. Houston - 9/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tulane vs. Houston
Date & Time Thursday September 19, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Yulman Stadium
New Orleans, LA
The Line
The Line: Tulane -2.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Houston Cougars and Tulane Green Wave meet Thursday in college football action at Yulman Stadium.

The Houston Cougars need a solid road victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Houston Cougars have lost four of their last six road games. D’Eriq King is completing 54.5 percent of his passes for 434 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. King has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 13 games. Keith Corbin and Marquez Stevenson have combined for 283 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jeremy Singleton has six receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 238.6 yards per contest, and Kyle Porter leads the way with 213 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 32.3 points and 497.7 yards per game. Grant Stuard leads the Houston Cougars with 28 tackles, David Anenih has two sacks and Shaun Lewis has one interception.

The Tulane Green Wave look for a third home victory to improve to an impressive 3-1 record. The Tulane Green Wave have won their last four home games. Justin McMillan is completing 55.2 percent of his passes for 424 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. McMillan has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last seven games. Darnell Mooney and Tyjae Spears have combined for 271 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Amare Jones has nine receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 256 yards per contest, and Justin McMillan leads the way with 154 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 14.7 points and 276 yards per game. Marvin Moody leads the Tulane Green Wave with 15 tackles, Willie Langham has one sack and Larry Brooks has two interceptions.

The Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games and 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games on fieldturf. The Green Wave are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Tulane and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 meetings. The under is 10-4 in Green Wave last 14 games overall. The over is 4-0-1 in Cougars last 5 road games.

The Houston Cougars are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games as an underdog. The Tulane Green Wave have split their last six games ATS when a favorite. Houston hung around with two ranked teams, games that should prepare the Cougars for a tough road spot such as this one. The Tulane Green Wave have smoked two opponents outside of their loss to Auburn, and they've won each of their last four home games. I've mentioned in the past that this Tulane team is easily one of the better teams we've seen in the last decade, and they have the ability to win the AAC. Houston is never a pushover and has an experienced quarterback, but Tulane is the better team and should be up for this game at home on national TV. I'll eat the small chalk. 

Pick:
Tulane -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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