The Tulane Green Wave (3-1) travel to West Point this weekend for a battle against the Army Black Knights (3-1). Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on Saturday, October 5th at Michie Stadium and the game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Taking a look at the Week 6 college football odds, Army opened as a 1.5-point home underdog earlier this week. That spread has increased by over a full point after early betting, as the Black Knights are currently listed at +3. The total for the game is sitting at 43.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Army vs Tulane
Tulane won their second straight game their last time out, beating Houston 38-31 at home to improve to 3-1 on the season overall. The Green Wave trailed 28-14 at the half but managed to pull off an impressive comeback over the final 30 minutes of the game, outscoring the Cougars 17-3 in the fourth quarter en route to a seven-point victory. QB Justin McMillan went 7/20 for 186 yards and three touchdowns through the air while also adding 15 carries on the ground for 91 yards and another score. RB Darius Bradwell had a decent outing, racking up a team-high 113 rushing yards. Jalen McCleskey led the way receiving corps, exploding for 120 yards and two touchdowns despite making just four catches. As a whole, Tulane generated well over 500 total yards of offense and scored five touchdowns against a below average Houston defense.
The Green Wave had a pretty poor showing on the other side of the ball against Houston despite escaping with the win, giving up over 500 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. Tulane was especially bad against the run, getting torched by the Cougars on the ground for 304 rushing yards.
Army also moved to 3-1 on the season overall in their last outing, crushing Morgan State 52-21 at home for their second consecutive win. The Black Knights were up 24-17 at the half before exploding for 28 points over the final two quarters against a sub-par Bears defense. QB Christian Andersen only completed one pass all game but he certainly made it count, throwing an 80-yard touchdown strike to Artice Hobbs IV. Andersen also had nine carries for 75 rushing yards, while Connor Slomka did the most damage on the ground for Army with 110 yards and touchdown. Overall, the offense gained close to 500 total yards and scored eight touchdowns in the lopsided victory.
The Black Knights had a fairly decent outing defensively against Morgan State, giving up just over 300 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. Army did a fantastic job getting to Bears QB Deandre Harris, as he threw three interceptions and barely completed over 50% of his passing attempts.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: OVER 43.5
I’m likely going to stay away from both teams against the spread in this particular matchup, as the current number looks very efficient to me overall. However, I do think there is a bit of value with the OVER on 43.5 total points scored, as Tulane and Army both have capable offenses that should be able to put some points on the board Saturday evening. The Black Knights have now scored 83 points combined in just their last two games alone, while the Green Wave have generated 96 points over that same time span. While I’m certainly not expecting an offensive explosion of that magnitude here in Week 6, the current game total of 43.5 simply looks a little bit too low considering that both offenses have really been firing on all cylinders as of late.
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Although both defenses have looked above average over the past four games, they have each allowed some big offensive outings to already this season. Tulane gave up 31 points last weekend against Houston while Army allowed Michigan and Morgan State to score at least three touchdowns. Ultimately, I think the OVER on 43.5 is the best play from what should be an extremely close, back and forth affair between solid schools. I would be fairly surprised if both offenses don’t find a way to score at least 20 points on Saturday afternoon, especially after receiving some much needed rest last weekend due to a bye.