The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-5) welcome the Memphis Tigers (6-1) to Oklahoma this weekend for an American West showdown. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM EST on October 26th at H.A. Chapman Stadium and the game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
Taking a look at the Week 9 college football odds, Memphis opened as a 10.5-point road favorite earlier this week. The spread has shifted downwards by half a point after early betting, as the Tigers are currently listed at -10. The total for the game is sitting at 57 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Tulsa vs Memphis
Memphis has now won six out of their last seven games after crushing Tulane 47-17 at home last weekend to move to 6-1 on the season overall. The Tigers put up 34 points in the first half alone and easily cruised to victory over the final two quarters of the game. QB Brady White was phenomenal, going 21/29 for 358 passing yards and five touchdowns through the air. RB Kenneth Gant also had a massive game, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown on the ground while also recording nine receptions for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Memphis generated almost 500 total yards of offense and scored six touchdowns against a shell-shocked Green Wave defense.
The Tigers also had a decent outing on the other side of the ball against Tulane, surrendering just over 300 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. Memphis was especially tough against the pass, holding Green Wave QB to Justin McMillan to only 187 passing yards and intercepting three of his 28 throwing attempts.
Tulsa lost their third consecutive game last weekend, falling 24-13 on the road against #18 overall Cincinnati to drop to 2-5 on the year overall. The Golden Hurricane gave up ten unanswered points in the first quarter and never recovered, scoring just two field goals in the entire second half en route to a double-digit defeat. QB Zach Smith wasn’t at his best, going just 21/43 for 243 yards and no touchdowns while also getting picked off twice. RB Shamari Brooks led the way on the ground, rushing for 68 yards on 16 carries. Keylon Stokes also chipped in, hauling in eight catches for a team-high 99 yards. As a whole, Tulsa gained well over 350 total yards of offense despite coming up well short on the scoreboard.
The Golden Hurricane were average defensively against Cincinnati, giving up three touchdowns and just over 300 total yards of offense. Tulsa really had a hard time trying to contain Bearcats RB Gerrid Doaks on the ground, as he rushed for 91 yards and two scores on a team-high 17 carries.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Memphis -10
I’m leaning toward taking the Tigers against the spread in this American West clash, as Tulsa has really struggled through their first seven games of the season. The Golden Hurricane have only managed to record two straight up wins and are also a brutal 0-3 against the spread at home so far this year. Memphis has been excellent, going a very respectable 5-2 against the spread since the beginning of the season. While I will likely fade this spot altogether if this spread moves above 10.5 points, I’m all over Memphis if the line doesn’t move up at all before kickoff on Saturday evening.
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The Tigers have also dominated this matchup as of late, going 2-1 against the spread over the last three meetings between these two American West rivals. Memphis is also a rock-solid 8-2 against the spread over their last ten conference games overall. On the other side, Tulsa hasn’t won a game in the month of October for over two full years and is only 2-14 outright in their last 16 meetings with American Athletic Conference opponents. I’ll lay the ten points and roll with the road underdog in this spot – give me Memphis to win outright and cover the spread!