The Tulane Green Wave (1-0) travel to Alabama this weekend for a tough matchup against the Auburn Tigers (1-0). Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 7th at Jordan-Hare Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Taking a look at the Week 2 college football odds, Auburn opened as a 19-point home favorite earlier this week. That line has moved only slightly after early betting, as the Tigers are currently listed at -18.5. The total for the game is sitting at 52 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Auburn vs Tulane
Tulane got off to a hot start in Week 1, scoring 28 points in the first half against FIU en route to an impressive 42-14 victory. QB Justin McMillan was very efficient, going 14/18 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Corey Dauphine broke off several nice runs, turning just three touches into 76 yards and two touchdowns. A couple of Green Wave receivers had solid games as well, particularly the duo of Darnell Mooney and Tyrick James who combined for 144 yards and two touchdowns. As a whole, the Tulane offense racked up well over 500 total yards and scored six touchdowns.
The Green Wave were also very effective on the other side of the ball, as their defense surrendered just 12 points on less than 300 total yards. Tulane did an especially good job against the run, holding Panthers rushers to just 59 yards on the ground combined.
Auburn also moved to 1-0 last weekend after a dramatic comeback victory against Oregon. The Tigers fell behind almost immediately and stayed over a touchdown back of the Ducks until the 4th quarter, where they managed to score 14 unanswered points to escape with the win. QB Bo Nix did not have his best game, going just 13/31 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Nix also threw two costly interceptions which is certainly something he needs to address quickly if Auburn hopes to compete for another SEC Championship this year. RB JaTarvious Whitlow was a workhorse on the ground, gaining 110 yards on 24 attempts despite failing to find the end zone. The offense really struggled to move the ball through the air, as no Tigers receiver gained more than 42 total yards.
The Tigers defense had an up and down game in Week 1, although they certainly shut down the Oregon offense during some critical moments in the second half. They also held the Ducks to just one touchdown through the air, an impressive feat considering how difficult it is to keep both Johnny Johnson III and Jaylon Redd out of the end zone.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Auburn -18.5
This is a fairly tough game to get a read on, as Tulane’s lopsided victory last week came against an FIU team that is far from a powerhouse. All things considered, I like Auburn to keep the momentum going at home this week after an emotional victory over a tough Oregon squad. However, Nix and the rest of the Tiger offense will need to make sure that they don’t have a repeat of their first half performance where they scored just three points. The Green Wave should finish around the .500 mark this season, which would earn them another bowl appearance this year. Even so, I’m not liking their chances of staying within striking distance of Auburn in this one – especially on the road in a tough environment. The Tigers defense successfully slowed down a high-flying Ducks offense in Week 1, which certainly doesn’t bode well for Tulane here in Week 2.
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I’m also not buying how solid Tulane looked against the run in Week 1, as FIU certainly doesn’t have any game-breakers on the ground. Whitlow should easily reach 100+ rushing yards for a second straight game while also managing to find the end zone a couple of times after not scoring at all against the Ducks last Saturday. Auburn simply has too much depth on both sides of the ball for an AAC team that isn’t used to playing against SEC-level competition. Even if the Green Wave find a way to stay close for a couple of quarters, I like the Tigers to turn things on in the second half in advance of their showdown with Texas A&M in a couple weeks – give me Auburn to cover!