The Memphis Tigers (3-1) travel to Tulane University this Friday to take on the Green Wave (1-3) in an AAC showdown. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM PM EST at Yulman Stadium and the game will be available on ESPN2.
Taking a look at the Week 5 college football odds, Memphis opened as a 13.5-point road favorite earlier this week. That line has shifted slightly after early betting, as the Tigers are currently listed at -14. The total for the game is sitting at 67 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Tulane vs Memphis
Memphis improved to 3-1 on the season last weekend with an impressive 52-35 victory over South Alabama. Despite being tied 21-21 at halftime, the Tigers pulled ahead in the 3rd quarter to win their 11th straight home game. Memphis has one of the best offenses in the entire country, as they are averaging an impressive 49.5 points per game which is 10th overall. RB Darrell Henderson rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars, adding to his big start to the season. Henderson has already racked up 709 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in just four games. QB Brady White is off to a hot start as well, as the Junior has already passed for 1,064 yards and 12 touchdowns wile completing 72.2% of his throws.
Things haven’t run quite as smoothly on the other side of the ball, however. Memphis has struggled defensively all season long, despite not looking overly bad statistically. The Tigers are currently giving up an average of 23.5 points per game, which is 56th overall nationwide. Most troubling for Memphis has to be allowing 35 points to a lackluster South Alabama team – Jaguars QB Evan Orth had almost 400 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Tulane just got demolished by Ohio State last weekend, losing 49-6 on the road to the #4 ranked Buckeyes. Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns in just the first two quarters of play. The Green Wave also got out-gained in total yardage by a margin of 570 to 263. QB Jonathan Banks has struggled with accuracy all season long, completing only 50% of his passes. However, Banks has also thrown for 792 yards, 5 touchdowns, and no interceptions the first four weeks of the season. Tulane will need to do a better job rushing the ball against Memphis if they hope to pull off the upset, as they are currently averaging just 174.5 yards on the ground per game (4.2 yards per attempt).
Like Memphis, Tulane has struggled a lot defensively over their first several games. The Green Wave is currently allowing opponents to score an average of 30.0 points on 491.5 total yards per game. They have really had a hard time stopping the run, as opponents have gained an average of 187.5 rushing yards per game (96th).
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Memphis -14
The Tigers have been pretty much unstoppable on offense lately, scoring 50+ points in seven out of their last ten games. Darrell Henderson is having a crazy statistical season already, and he should easily have another big game against a Green Wave team that has been ripped apart on the ground. I have a hard time seeing Henderson not being able to find the end zone at least 2-3 times on Friday night. While Memphis has struggled on defense, Tulane has been pretty weak offensively, averaging barely over 22 points per game – I certainly don’t expect them to be able to keep pace with the high-flying Tigers.
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Both of these teams have performed quite will against the spread lately. Tulane is 7-1 ATS over their past eight home games and 6-2-1 ATS over their past nine conference games. Memphis is 6-0 ATS over their past six games on Friday night and 7-2 ATS in their past nine games against teams with a losing record. However, it is worth noting that the Green Wave are just 1-10 ATS in their past 11 Friday games while Memphis is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings with Tulane on the road – and 13-3-1 ATS against Tulane overall. The Tigers also beat Tulane by 30 points when these two teams met last season.
This should be an entertaining game between two teams that can’t seem to keep their opponents out of the end zone. Memphis simply has too much firepower on offense and should be able to pull away in the second half. Brady White and Darrell Henderson have combined for almost 2,000 total yards and 21 touchdowns in just four games. I really don’t think Tulane will have any answers for either of them on Friday night, despite playing at home. Memphis also has managed to cover eight of their last twelve games when favored by 7+ points. The Tigers should improve to 4-1 while also covering the spread – I’ll take Memphis to win by 15+ points.