The Connecticut Huskies (1-4) head to New Orleans this weekend to battle the Tulane Green Wave (4-1) in American Athletic Conference action. Kickoff is set for 3:45 PM EST on Saturday, October 12th at Yulman Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
Taking a look at the Week 7 college football odds, Tulane opened as a massive 35-point home favorite earlier this week. That spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Green Wave are currently listed at -35. The total for the game is sitting at 59 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Tulane vs Connecticut
UConn lost their fourth straight game last weekend, falling 48-22 at home against South Florida to drop to 1-4 on the season overall. The Huskies trailed 27-14 at the half and never recovered, giving up three more touchdowns over the final two quarters. QB Mike Beaudry was 18/29 for 209 passing yards and a touchdown while RB Kevin Mensah lead the way on the ground with 70 rushing yards and two touchdowns on a team-high 21 carries. Elijah Jeffreys caught the only touchdown pass of the day for Connecticut, finding the end zone on one of his two receptions 29 yards. As a whole, the offense generated just over 300 total yards in the double-digit loss.
The Huskies defense had a rough outing against South Florida, surrendering over 500 total yards of offense and seven touchdowns. UConn got absolutely torched on the ground by the Bulls, giving up over 300 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Tulane has now won four out of their first five games on the season, beating Army 42-33 on the road last weekend to improve to 4-1 overall. The Green Wave scored three touchdowns in the first half and cruised to victory down the stretch, outscoring the Black Knights 21-19 over the final two quarters. QB Justin McMillan went 15/21 for 201 yards and one touchdown while also finding the end zone on the ground despite only averaging 1.9 yards per carry. The offense also scored four additional rushing touchdowns, as Corey Dauphine, Darius Bradwell, Amare Jones, and Cameron Carroll all found pay-dirt. Jones also showed his explosiveness catching passes out of the backfield, hauling in six receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Tulane racked up well over 500 total yards of offense and scored six touchdowns against a shell-shocked Army defense.
The Green Wave did not defend well against a potent Black Knights rushing attack in Week 6, allowing Army to gain over 200 yards and score three touchdowns on the ground. Tulane also had a tough time trying to slow down WR Camden Harrison, who made five catches for 103 yards and a score.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Tulane -35
I’m usually not a big fan of having to lay so many points in order to take a team currently outside of the AP Top-25, but I just don’t see how I can take the Huskies on the road in this particular spot. Connecticut has been awful so far this season, losing four consecutive games – and three of those losses where by at least 26 points. Tulane has been much more dependable, winning multiple matchups by at least four touchdowns and even hanging tough against #12 overall Auburn back in Week 2. I’m also not sold on the UConn offense, as they have yet to score more than 24 points in a single outing so far this season.
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The Green Wave have also been fantastic against the spread this season, going a very solid 4-1 ATS in five games. Connecticut certainly hasn’t found the same success, going only 2-3 ATS over that same time span. Tulane has also been perfect against the spread at home through Week 6, covering the spread in all three games they have played at Yulman Stadium this year. Even though it’s pretty tough to give up five touchdowns in order to take the big home favorite, I’d rather take a shot with a solid Green Wave squad than cross my fingers and hope that UConn figures out a way to get it together on the road here in Week 7. Give me Tulane!