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Tulane vs. Nicholls State - 9/8/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nicholls State Colonels (1-0) at Tulane Green Wave (0-1)
Date & Time Saturday September 8, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Tulane Green Wave -17.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5
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CFB | Nicholls State Colonels (1-0) at Tulane Green Wave (0-1)
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The Nicholls State Colonels and Tulane Green Wave meet Saturday in college football action at Yulman Stadium.

The Nicholls State Colonels look to beat another FBS team after upsetting the Kansas Jayhawks in overtime. The Nicholls State Colonels have won four of their last seven road games. Chase Fourcade is completing 50 percent of his passes for 142 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Fourcade has to be better through the air if the Colonels are going to have a chance in this contest. Damion Jeanpiere and Dai'Jean Dixon have combined for 107 receiving yards on six receptions while Kendall Bussey has two receptions. The Nicholls State Colonels ground game is averaging 187 yards per contest, and Bussey leads the way with 123 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Nicholls State is allowing 23 points and 255 yards per game. Corey Abraham leads the Nicholls State Colonels with five tackles, Evan Veron has two sacks and Kevin Johnson has one interception.

The Tulane Green Wave look to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2015 after losing a heartbreaker to Wake Forest in overtime. The Tulane Green Wave have split their last six home games. Jonathan Banks is completing 48.6 percent of his passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Banks has five combined touchdown passes in his last three games. Terren Encalade and Darnell Mooney have combined for 163 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jabril Clewis has one reception. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 155 yards per contest, and Encalade leads the way with 38 yards on one reception. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 23 points and 532 yards per game. P.J. Hall leads the Tulane Green Wave with 11 tackles, Tirise Barge has one sack and Donnie Lewis Jr. has one interception.

The Colonels are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Green Wave are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. 

The Nicholls State Colonels are in a bit of a letdown spot after upsetting the Kansas Jayhawks last week, which has to be one of the biggest wins in program history. The Tulane Green Wave showed just how good they can be this season after taking Wake Forest to overtime and having chances to win. Tulane should be motivated to bounce back here and has the advantage at nearly every position across the board. I'm just not confident Nicholls State has what it takes to put together another good performance against an FBS squad. I'll take the Green Wave in a blowout victory.

Tulane Green Wave -17.5

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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