Free Week 8 Prediction: Green Wave vs Golden Hurricane Odds
Looking for Tulane Green Wave vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane free picks? Week 8 College football betting sees the Green Wave taking on the Golden Hurricane Saturday October 22nd at Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, OK. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(3-3) Tulane Green Wave vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-2)
Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 3:45 pm EST
Venue: Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, OK
NCAA Football Spread: Tulsa -11.0
NCAA Betting Total: 55.0/strong>
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An AAC rematch of one of the more exciting gambling games from the 2015 season features two teams still in a bit of search for their identity as the season stretches into the back half.
Both teams loss close games last week to two of the conference powerhouses and will look to get back into rhythm this week.
Tulane Green Wave
The Green Wave have ridden a surprisingly very good defense to a .500 start through their first 6 games.
They are allowing 22.7 points per game and kept both Navy and Memphis mostly in check despite dropping both games.
Their offense on the other hand has struggled a bit and is largely due to inconsistent quarterback play.
Glen Cuiellette and Johnathan Brantley have combined to complete 44.1 percent of their passes at just 5.59 yards per attempt.
While Tulane has relied heavily on their ground game, a poor passing game could be a bad formula in trying to beat Tulsa. Tulsa has a high powered offensive attack and it will be difficult to fight back without a reliable passing game if Tulane faces a deficit early on.
Tulane is running the ball over 50 times per game and have seen Dontrell Hillard lead the way with 405 rushing yards. The group of runners in Tulane’s attack provides change of pace and power which can be difficult for a defense to adjust too.
But, for this game and the rest of the season, Tulane will need a more consistent passing game to be competitive.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa nearly handed Houston their second straight loss last week but fell short in the 38-31 loss.
Tulsa has been led by quarterback Dane Evans who has led the offensive attack that is averaging nearly 40 points per game.
The senior quarterback is prone to turnovers though having a 10 to 8 touchdown to interception rate this season.
The help of the Tulsa rushing attack has taken some pressure off Evans and allowed the offense to be more dynamic. D’Angelo Brewer is leading the way on the ground with 732 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Golden Hurricane have lost just twice this season – at Houston last week and at Ohio State in Week 2. The struggle for Tulsa this season has been their run defense.
That doesn’t bode well for them in this game as Tulane relies almost entirely on the rushing attack. It will be then be up to Evans and the offense to outperform if their defense struggles.
I would expect Tulane to control the tempo early on but if Evans gets rolling, the Golden Hurricane can certainly put it on the board. This will certainly be an interesting AAC matchup as both teams have plenty to prove.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• Tulane is 1-10 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
• The favorite is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.
• Over is 17-4 in Tulsa’s last 21 home games.
• Over is 21-8 in Tulsa’s last 29 games on fieldturf.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Prediction
Tulane doesn’t have the firepower to compete with the Tulsa offense but will be able to put points on the board. I like them to run effectively enough to help Tulsa bring the game over the total but I think the even better pick is Tulsa.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Tulsa -11.0
Evans should throw all over the Tulane defense but likely will turn it over once or twice to allow Tulane to put some points up too. Take Tulsa and the over.
BONUS Pick:Over 55.0
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Tulsa 43 – Tulane 24
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