The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-6) travel to New Orleans this weekend for an American West battle against the Tulane Green Wave (5-3). Kickoff is set for 4:00 PM EST on November 2nd at Yulman Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Taking a look at the Week 10 college football odds, Tulane opened as a 10-point home favorite earlier this week. That spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Green Wave are currently available at -10. The total for the game is sitting at 61.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Tulane vs Tulsa
Tulsa lost their fourth game in a row last weekend after a heartbreaking 42-41 home defeat against #24 overall Memphis. The Golden Hurricane trailed 28-17 at the half but really came on strong over the final two quarters despite eventually coming up just a single point short. QB Zach Smith went 23/40 for 309 yards and a touchdown through the air while the running back duo of Shamari Brooks and Corey Taylor II exploded on the ground for a combined 241 rushing yards and four touchdowns. WR Keylon Stokes also had a massive game, hauling in nine receptions for 129 yards. As a whole, Tulsa generated almost 600 total yards of offense and scored five touchdowns against a shell-shocked Tigers defense.
The Golden Hurricane had a brutal outing on the other side of the ball against Memphis, getting torched for almost 500 total yards of offense and six touchdowns. Tulsa had no answer for Tigers RB Kenneth Gant on the ground, as he racked up 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.
Tulane lost their second consecutive game last weekend, falling 41-38 on the road against Navy to drop to 5-3 on the season overall. The Green Wave trailed 31-14 at the half and never fully recovered, coming up just a field goal short despite outscoring the Midshipmen 24-10 over the final 30 minutes of the game. QB JustinMcMillan had an up and down game, going 20/29 for 290 passing yards and three touchdowns but also getting picked off twice. However, McMillan did find the end zone twice on the ground on two of his 16 carries for 25 rushing yards. WR Darnell Mooney also had a multi-touchdown game, hauling in five receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Tulane gained just under 500 total yards of offense and scored five touchdowns in spite of their eventual defeat.
The Green Wave really struggled defensively against Navy, giving up over 450 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. Tulane couldn’t find a way to slow down the Mids on the ground, as RB Jamale Carothers rumbled for 154 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Tulane -10
I think that the Green Wave offer pretty decent value at home in this American West clash, as they have definitely been the better team on both sides of the ball so far this season. While both teams have struggled a little bit defensively at times, Tulane has been fantastic on offense for the large majority of their first eight games this year. The same definitely can’t be said about the Golden Hurricane, as they have scored 17 or less points in two out of their last three outings overall. Although they should be able to find at last some success against a very average Tulane defense, I’m not all that confident about their chances of keeping up with a Green Wave offense that has scored 38+ points in six out of their first eight games.
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It is important to note that Tulane has fared very well against the spread when facing Tulsa in recent years, covering the number in two out of their last three meetings. The Green Wave are also a very solid 6-2 against the spread over their last eight games overall and a perfect 8-0 outright in their last eight home games. On the other side, the Golden Hurricane are only 1-15 straight up over their last 16 road games, which certainly doesn’t bode well for them here in Week 10. I’ll lay the ten points and roll with the Green Wave to cover at home in what should be an exciting, fast-paced matchup.