UCF vs Tulane American Athletic Conference Championship Prediction Game Preview

UCF vs Tulane American Athletic Conference Championship game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Championship Week game on Saturday, December 3

UCF vs Tulane American Athletic Conference Championship prediction, game preview, odds, how to watch. Championship Week, Saturday, December 3


UCF vs Tulane American Athletic Conference Championship Prediction Game Preview

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UCF vs Tulane How To Watch

Date: Saturday, December 3
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ABC
Record: UCF (9-3), Tulane (10-2)
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Why UCF Will Win

What did UCF do right a few weeks ago in the 38-31 win at Tulane? The passing attack wasn’t anything special, but the defense came up with two takeaways. The D struggled in the second half after the O came up with a 31-14 lead, but the running game took over when it had to.

The offense finished the regular season as the best in the AAC, it was the best on the ground, and it lead the way on third downs. To do it again, it all starts with the offensive line taking over right away and the running game rolling for well over 200 yards again.

The Knights mixed it up with QB John Rhys Plumlee running for 176 yards, running backs Isaiah Bowser and RJ Harvey combined for 137 yards, and that wasn’t even their best rushing performance of the season.

200 yards is the norm for the UCF ground game with 300 or more in four games. Tulane’s defense has been good overall but the line doesn’t get in the backfield enough, the disruption isn’t there, and …

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Why Tulane Will Win

Tulane’s defense didn’t generate any takeaways in the first meeting. That’s not the norm.

UCF didn’t turn the ball over in the win. That’s not the norm.

UCF is -5 on the year in turnover margin with six in the last two games and 13 over the last five – the Tulane game was the only one without a giveaway in the bunch. It gave it up multiple times in six of the last ten games.

On the flip side. Tulane beat SMU with five takeaways, got by Memphis with four, and force multiple takeaways in five games, winning them all on the way to finishing +7 in turnover margin.

Tulane’s offense is efficient, effective, and controlling. No, it can’t hang yard-for-yard with UCF if this gets into a battle of ground attacks, but it can keep the other O on the sidelines for long stretches.

But it needs those takeaways.

Not only is Tulane 8-0 when it forces at least one turnover, but it won by double-digits in all five games with multiple takeaways. Which is why …

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What’s Going To Happen

Tulane will win this and be off to the Cotton Bowl with a good enough defensive performance to survive.

It’ll give up yards, and UCF’s offense will take over at times, but the turnovers will be there. Tulane will be +2 in turnover margin, and that will be just enough of a difference.

That, and the running of Tyjae Spears. The star back was used as a workhorse last week with 35 carries for 181 yards and two scores in the win over Cincinnati, but that’s not normally his his role. He ripped off big yards in the first meeting with UCF, and in this he’ll take over late.

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UCF vs Tulane American Athletic Conference Championship Prediction, Line

Tulane 31, UCF 27
Line: Tulane -3.5, o/u: 56.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
UCF vs Tulane American Athletic Conference Championship Must See Rating (out of 5): 4.5

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Tulane vs Cincinnati Prediction Game Preview

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Tulane vs Cincinnati prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 13, Friday, November 25


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Tulane vs Cincinnati How To Watch

Date: Friday, November 25
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
How To Watch: ABC
Record: Tulane (9-2), Cincinnati (9-2)
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Why Tulane Will Win

The running game continues to be amazing.

The Green Wave style of attack does a brilliant job of getting their backs into wide open spaces to come up with big, gashing runs, and now it’s up to Tyjae Spears and QB Michael Pratt to do just enough to keep the Cincinnati defense working.

The Bearcats are solid against the run, but they’ve ben hit for 174 rushing yards or more in four of the last six games. It starts with Tulane trying to set the tone with the ground game, and then it’s up to the defense that’s got a crazy way of being feast-or-famine with takeaways.

There were five takeaways last week against SMU, four against Memphis and two more more in five games. All Tulane needs is one – it’s 7-0 when it forces a turnover, but …

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Why Cincinnati Will Win

Cincinnati went turnover-free in three of the last four games.

On a roll with three straight wins and in nine of the last ten games, the team has one of the nation’s most disruptive defenses, the offense is consistent through the air, and it figured out its style.

Rely on the defense and great punting game, keep the chains moving just enough to come through when absolutely needed, and rely on the defense some more.

It’s a team that knows how to win. There might be a whole lot of flaws, but keep the score low, get the win.

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What’s Going To Happen

Cincinnati is 2-2 when allowing more than 24 points and 7-0 when it allows fewer points. It’s also 5-0 at home.

Tulane has scored fewer than 24 points just once – but that was in the 17-10 win over Kansas State.

The winner is playing for the American Athletic Conference Championship, and the loser has a shot of getting there if UCF loses to USF.

So, most likely, the winner is in, the loser is out.

Cincinnati’s defense will be just a little bit better than Tulane’s offense.

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Tulane vs Cincinnati Prediction, Line

Cincinnati 27, Tulane 24
Line: Cincinnati -2.5, o/u: 46.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Tulane vs Cincinnati Must See Rating (out of 5): 4
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SMU vs Tulane Prediction Game Preview

SMU vs Tulane game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 12 game on Thursday, November 17

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SMU vs Tulane How To Watch

Date: Thursday, November 17
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: SMU (6-4), Tulane (8-2)
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Why SMU Will Win

The offense is relentless.

SMU over the last few years have been interesting, and the offense is good enough to come up with big performances against bad teams, but this year it’s able to consistently connect on the throws, the running game is working, and it’s all going to give Tulane problems.

The Mustangs lead the AAC in scoring and is second in yards behind UCF. As good as Tulane has been, it hasn’t been pushed by too may great offenses.

East Carolina came up with yards but couldn’t score, UCF was able to finish off drives with points, and Houston didn’t get its late burst but was still okay in the loss.

SMU will come up with yards for a full four quarters and won’t screw up enough with just two turnovers in the last five games.

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Why Tulane Will Win

The SMU offense will keep pushing, but the defense has to prove it can hold up.

Houston is still cranking up yards and points in that 77-63 SMU win, TCU took target practice, and Maryland was almost perfectly balanced.

SMU once again is good at beating the mediocre teams, but it’s not rising up against the good ones. Tulane’s offense has the ability to rip off yards in chunks, but it all feeds off the defense that’s the best in the AAC and has been fantastic against the good passing teams.

The Mustangs will get their yards, but they’ll stall more than they’re used to.

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What’s Going To Happen

Is it possible for SMU to make one final big push in the AAC title chase?

It needs to win this and hope for UCF and/or Cincinnati to melt down. It’ll make it interesting, but Tulane will get the win it has to have to stay alive for the AAC title, too.

It’s going to get by with enough defensive stops to set up a showdown at Cincinnati for – most likely – a spot in the conference title game.

First, though, this will be a fun back-and-forth fight that goes a full four quarters.

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SMU vs Tulane Prediction, Line

Tulane 38, SMU 34
Line: Tulane -3, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
SMU vs Tulane Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5
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UCF vs Tulane Prediction Game Preview

UCF vs Tulane game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

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UCF vs Tulane How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ESPN2
Record: UCF (7-2), Tulane (8-1)
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UCF vs Tulane Game Preview

Why UCF Will Win

The Knight have to keep the offensive balance going.

It would be nice for the offense to explode like it did when it hung 70 on Temple a few weeks ago, but that’s obviously not going to happen. Over 200 yards rushing, over 200 yards receiving – the Knights can do that.

As great as Tulane has been, there isn’t a strong pass rush, there aren’t enough plays behind the line, and UCF and the best offense in the American Athletic Conference should be able to keep the pressure on all game long.

Tulane might be playing well, and it might have pulled off a win over Southern Miss, but the defense will give up a whole lot of passing yards in this.

It doesn’t hurt that UCF leads the league in rushing, too.

However …

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Why Tulane Will Win

UCF will have to grind through the Tulane defense that’s No. 1 in the AAC.

No, there isn’t enough of a pass rush, and no, there aren’t enough disruptive plays, but the defense is good enough to hold its own in key spots.

There’s a lot of bending without breaking.

Besides allowing just 17 points per game, what is Tulane doing right?

The offense is feeding off the defense that’s so good on third downs, the team is winning the time of possession battle, and there aren’t a lot of mistakes.

Tulane isn’t beating itself with just four turnovers in the last six games and almost no penalties whatsoever.

The team is able to control games, do everything right, and then come through when it has to, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

Tulane has to gear up the offense to be ready for a bit of a shootout.

It was able to keep the Houston and East Carolina offenses from going off and – again – didn’t make the mistakes the other side did. That’s going to happen here.

UCF will put up big numbers, but it’ll turn it over a few times, it won’t be able to tun like it normally does, and Tulane will take advantage of all of it.

There will still be hope for UCF, though, in the AAC title chase – these two might meet again in a few weeks.

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UCF vs Tulane Prediction, Line

Tulane 26, UCF 24
Line: Tulane -1.5, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
UCF vs Tulane Must See Rating (out of 5): 4
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Tulane vs Tulsa Prediction Game Preview

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Tulane vs Tulsa prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 10, Saturday, November 5


Tulane vs Tulsa How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 5
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Tulane (7-1), Tulsa (3-5)
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Tulane vs Tulsa Game Preview

Why Tulane Will Win

The College Football Playoff gave the Green Wave enough love and respect for the No. 19 spot and the top team among the Group of Five programs – they’re in the lead in the race for the New Year’s Six bowl slot, but they have to win the conference to get there.

They’re making up for a few problems on defense with lots of takeaways – eight in the last three games – and the offense continues to be careful with the ball, adaptable, and very, very efficient through the air.

Tulsa’s offensive line has problems in pass protection, Tulane’s defense – No. 1 in the AAC – should be able to live in the backfield, and …

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Why Tulsa Will Win

Tulsa has the passing game to keep up.

Tulane might have good defensive numbers, but it’s having problems against anyone who can throw.

Davis Brin has put up big numbers all year, but freshman Braylon Braxton stepped in against SMU wins was solid enough to be a problem for the Green Wave D – if he gets in.

The Tulsa has been good enough against the pass – it has more problems against the run. The offense is strong enough to make this a bit of a shootout, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

Tulane doesn’t come up with a ton of takeaways, but Tulsa will provide them.

The running game should hit 200 yards, the offense will keep things moving and should control the clock enough to steady things after getting hit with a big pass play. Being +2 in turnover margin will make a big difference in a fun back-and-forth fight.

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Tulane vs Tulsa Prediction, Line

Tulane 34, Tulsa 21
Line: Tulane -7.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Tulane vs Tulsa Must See Rating (out of 5): 2
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Memphis vs Tulane Prediction, Game Preview

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Memphis vs Tulane How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 22
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Memphis (4-3), Tulane (6-1)
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Memphis vs Tulane Game Preview

Why Memphis Will Win

The Tigers have been so close.

They lost the last two games, but they suffered a late breakdown in the 33-32 loss to Houston, and last week they lost a fun firefight to East Carolina. On the plus side, the passing game has kicked in.

They didn’t have to use it too much in the wins over Temple and North Texas, but it rolled for almost 700 yards in the last two weeks and now should go off against a not-quite-as-great-as-the-stats Tulane secondary.

The Green Wave defense is solid, but there’s no pass rush to worry about. However …

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Why Tulane Will Win

The Tulane passing game has been amazing, too.

Michael Pratt has been wonderful this year and great over the last two weeks with two straight 320+ yard passing games to go along with an already strong ground attack.

And Memphis can’t stop any of it.

To be fair, the Tigers played Mississippi State, North Carolina, Houston, and East Carolina to skew the stats a bit, but they’re still 127th in the nation in pass defense – and that’s with Navy factored into the mix.

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What’s Going To Happen

The Memphis offense will move, but Tulane will be sharper.

Pratt will be more efficient than Tiger QB Seth Henigan, the defense will be better on key late third downs, and a fun back-and-forth fight will close with the home side controlling the clock on one decent-sized march.

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Memphis vs Tulane Prediction, Line

Tulane 33, Memphis 27
Line: Tulane -7, o/u: 55
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Memphis vs Tulane Must See Rating (out of 5): 3
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Tulane at USF Prediction, Game Preview

Tulane at USF game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 7 game on Saturday, October 15

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Tulane vs USF How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 15
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: Tulane (5-1), USF (1-5)
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Why Tulane Will Win

The offense is showing its versatility.

It ran well for the first part of the season – and had good balance with the passing game – nothing really worked until it absolutely had to in the comeback win over Houston, and then came the passing attack in a 24-9 win over East Carolina.

USF hasn’t been all that awful defensively, but it doesn’t generate enough pressure up front. The Tulane backfield is deadly when it gets time to figure out what it wants to do – getting the ground game working on the outside is good, but giving Michael Pratt time to throw is great. When he’s on, forget it.

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Why USF Will Win

The team is showing potential breakthrough moments.

It played stunningly well at Cincinnati in a 28-24 loss, it pushed Florida way too hard, and if the turnovers can stop and the running game works, it has a shot to make this a battle into the fourth.

Tulane doesn’t generate a pass rush and it’s been hit-or-miss against the run. USF has to be great on the ground. The team is competitive when it gets to 200 rushing yards, but …

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What’s Going To Happen

The Tulane defensive front has been too solid against the run – it only allowed 200 yards in the opener against UMass.

Kansas State, Houston, East Carolina, Southern Miss – no one else was able to get there, but USF will come close.

This is USF’s first home game since September 10th – playing four straight away from Raymond James with the hurricane playing a role in that – and it’ll be good for a while, but it won’t generate the key defensive stops to push through and pull off the upset.

The Tulane offense will be balanced on a key fourth quarter scoring drive to put this away.

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Tulane at USF Prediction, Line

Tulane 31, USF 20
Line: Tulane -12, o/u: 55
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Tulane at USF Must See Rating (out of 5): 2
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East Carolina vs Tulane Prediction, Game Preview

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East Carolina vs Tulane How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 8
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ESPNU
Record: East Carolina (3-2), Tulane (4-1)
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Why East Carolina Will Win

The Pirates are piling up wins. The passing game has been solid enough to overcome the shaky defense, there aren’t a lot of turnovers, and no one in the American Athletic Conference is better on third downs.

There’s a nice combination of things happening with their style – they’re explosive, but they’re also controlling the ball and the clock.

Tulane doesn’t come up with enough of a pass rush to be a problem, which is only part of the reason why the defense isn’t forcing takeaways, but …

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Why Tulane Will Win

The Green Wave have their groove back.

After a 2021 when nothing seemed to go right, they managed to come up with a huge performance in a win over Kansas State and bounced back from a tough home loss to Southern Miss with a fantastic rally to beat Houston.

What’s going right? The offense has been balanced, the defense has been solid, the pass D leads the nation, and there aren’t a slew of mistakes – they’re keeping the penalties to a bare minimum.

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What’s Going To Happen

East Carolina is going to push the Tulane secondary that hasn’t faced a slew of passing teams.

Houston is the first offense that can push the ball a bit and Tulane gave up over 200 yards for the first time all year. The Pirate offense is going to wing it around enough to make this fun, but the Green Wave attack will do its part with enough balance to keep up.

Like it did against Houston, Tulane will pull this off late.

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East Carolina vs Tulane Prediction, Line

Tulane 27, East Carolina 23
Line: Tulane -4, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
East Carolina vs Tulane Must See Rating (out of 5): 3
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Houston vs Tulane Prediction, Game Preview

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Houston vs Tulane prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 5, Friday, September 30


Houston vs Tulane How To Watch

Date: Friday, September 30
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Houston (2-2), Tulane (3-1)
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Houston vs Tulane Game Preview

Why Tulane Will Win

Okay, Tulane, who exactly are you?

Are you the team that’s fourth in the nation in total defense, fourth in the nation in pass defense, and eighth in the nation in scoring D?

Are you the team that stuffed the Kansas State team that went on to beat Oklahoma a week later, or are you the team that couldn’t get past Southern Miss despite playing better in almost every way?

The defense gets a Houston team that’s making every game an adventure. There isn’t a penalty the Cougars don’t like to commit – with ten or more in every game – the pass defense is non-existent, and …

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Why Houston Will Win

The offense is working.

It struggled in the loss to Texas Tech, but the passing game was accurate over the last two weeks against Kansas and Rice, and the running game is starting to perk up.

The team might be a disappointment considering the high expectations to start the season, but there’s still plenty of time to get on a roll, win the American Athletic Conference, and possibly get the New Year’s Six bowl bid as long as the team can finally start playing consistently well.

Tulane might have a killer defense, but it’s not doing much to generate a pass rush and it’s not taking the ball away. Give the Houston skill parts time and big things happen.

With all that said, to be nice and polite about it …

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What’s Going To Happen

WAKE UP, HOUSTON.

The team has so many great parts, talent, and potential that it should be far better than it played over the first four weeks.

Tulane isn’t quite as weird, but the last two games have been confusing – Southern Miss shouldn’t have been a problem at home after the way the D played against Kansas State.

Houston’s offense will be just good enough when it has to be to get out of this alive, but like every other game it won’t be easy. The Tulane defense is the real deal and will keep it close throughout.

When the Cougar defensive line absolutely has to get into the backfield, it’ll do it. It just won’t play well enough early to not need the big stop late.

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Houston vs Tulane Prediction, Line

Houston 30, Tulane 24
Line: Houston -2.5, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Houston vs Tulane Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5

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Southern Miss vs Tulane Prediction, Game Preview

Southern Miss vs Tulane game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Saturday, September 24

Southern Miss vs Tulane prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 4, Saturday, September 24


Southern Miss vs Tulane How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 24
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Southern Miss (1-2), Tulane (3-0)
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Southern Miss vs Tulane Game Preview

Why Southern Miss Will Win

The Golden Eagles got on the board with a total destruction of Northwestern State, but they weren’t playing all that poorly before the 64-10 win.

The passing attack was okay against Miami, and the running game roared over Liberty, but there was one big problem – actually, there were eight.

The eight turnovers were a killer, but those might have been cleaned up last week. On the other side, Tulane force three takeaways against UMass to start the season but have just one over the last two games.

The USM downfield passing game is strong, the pass rush is fantastic, and …

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Why Tulane Will Win

The Tulane pass defense has been incredible.

It’s No. 1 in the nation on a defense that’s fifth in the country. Granted, UMass, Alcorn State, and Kansas State won’t scare anyone through the air, but the Green Wave did what they were supposed to do against teams that can’t throw.

And they held up against a Kansas State team that can run.

The offensive line is playing great, the running game has been good enough, and the turnovers haven’t been that big of a problem.

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What’s Going To Happen

Southern Miss has had problems getting the points when it has the chance.

The turnovers can’t be there, and the offensive line has to be ready to deal with a potentially dangerous pass rush.

This won’t be a breeze – Southern Miss is going to win some games this year – but at home, the Green Wave will push past two turnovers and a spotty game from the passing attack to get to 4-0.

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Southern Miss vs Tulane Prediction, Line

Tulane 30, Southern Miss 17
Line: Tulane -12.5, o/u: 48
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Southern Miss vs Tulane Must See Rating (out of 5): 2.5

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