The Tulane Green Wave (6-6) travel to Fort Worth, Texas in early January to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (7-5) in the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl. Kickoff is set for 11:30 AM EST on January 4th at Amon G. Carter Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Tulane is currently listed as a 7-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 56.5 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Armed Forces Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Southern Miss vs Tulane
Tulane lost three straight games to close out the regular season 6-6 after an impressive 6-3 start. The Green Wave came up well short on the road against SMU their last time out, falling 37-20. QB Justin McMillan went 22/37 for 242 passing yards through the air while RB Corey Dauphine rushed for 52 yards on ten carries. Tyrick James also chipped in, making five catches for 62 yards. Overall, Tulane averaged 33 points and over 450 total yards of offense per game through their first 12 outings.
The Green Wave were below average on the other side of the ball this year, giving up 27 points and almost 400 total yards of offense per game. However, Tulane was pretty solid defending against the pass, allowing 214 yards through the air on a weekly basis.
Southern Miss also struggled down the home stretch of the regular season, losing back to back games at the end of November to finish the year 7-5 overall. The Golden Eagles had a bad game defensively against Florida Atlantic their last time out, losing 34-17 on the road. QB Jack Abraham was dreadful, throwing four interceptions and going 25/39 for 182 passing yards. RB Steven Anderson led the way on the ground, rushing for 54 yards and a touchdown on eleven carries. Tim Jones had a decent showing, hauling in seven receptions for 66 yards. As a whole, Southern Miss averaged 28 points and over 400 total yards of offense per game during the regular season.
The Golden Eagles were average defensively this year, allowing their opponents to average 26 points and around 350 total yards of offense per game. Southern Miss were quite strong defending against the run, surrendering just over 110 yards on the ground per outing.
2020 Armed Forces Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Tulane -7
As long as this spread doesn’t jump up by half a point before kickoff, I think that the Green Wave offer the best overall value in the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl. Tulane was certainly the much better team against the spread during the regular season, going a very impressive 8-4 ATS through their first 12 outings. They were also the more consistent team on offense, averaging well over five points more per game than Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles are in the midst of a pretty big downswing right now as well, losing two straight games and giving up 62 total points over that time span.
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While Tulane is just 1-4 against the spread over their last five meetings with the Golden Eagles, these two schools haven’t played each other since 2010. The Green Wave have really been rolling over the past couple of months, covering the number in seven out of their last ten games overall. On the other side, Southern Miss is just 3-5 against the spread over their last eight outings away from M.M. Roberts Stadium. I’ll lay the touchdown and roll with the favorite in this matchup – give me Tulane to cover the number in the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl!