Memphis Tigers (3-1) at Tulane Green Wave (1-3)
|Date & Time||Friday September 28, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +13.5 -- Over/Under:
The Memphis Tigers and Tulane Green Wave meet Friday in college football action at Yulman Stadium.
The Memphis Tigers look for their first road victory of the season to keep pace in the AAC West. The Memphis Tigers have split their last six road games. Brady White is completing 72.2 percent of his passes for 1,064 yards, 12 touchdowns and one interception. White has nine pass completions this season of 25 or more yards. Damonte Coxie and Pop Williams have combined for 499 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Darrell Henderson has six receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 309.5 yards per contest, and Henderson leads the way with 709 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 23.3 points and 317.3 yards per game. Curtis Akins leads the Memphis Tigers with 27 tackles, Bryce Huff has three sacks and T.J. Carter has one interception.
The Tulane Green Wave look for a statement home victory to climb out of a deep 1-3 start to the season. The Tulane Green Wave have won five of their last eight home games. Jonathan Banks is completing 49.5 percent of his passes for 792 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Banks has one or less touchdown passes five of his last eight games. Darnell Mooney and Terren Encalade have combined for 695 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jabril Clewis has two receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 174.5 yards per contest, and Corey Dauphine leads the way with 289 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 30 points and 491.5 yards per game. Lawrence Graham leads the Tulane Green Wave with 31 tackles, Tirise Barge has one sack and Donnie Lewis Jr. has two interceptions.
The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 7-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games. The Green Wave are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games, 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 Friday games. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Tulane, 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 meetings and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Memphis Tigers have found their footing offensively and have now topped 50 points in seven of their last 10 games. The Tulane Green Wave have an ugly record, but they continue to compete, as six of their last 10 losses have been decided by seven or less points. With that said, Memphis beat Tulane last year by 30 points and is just as explosive offensively than a year ago. If Tulane can't make consistent plays through the air (they can't) it's going to be tough to compete with the Tigers once again. The Memphis Tigers have also covered eight of their last 12 games when favored by at least seven points. While I'm not the guy who eats big chalk, laying two touchdowns with Memphis has to be the play. Tulane doesn't have the firepower to hang with this offensive machine that's not slowing down.