Houston vs. Tulane Prediction
Will Houston go on the road tonight and pull off an upset when the Cougars face Tulane at 8PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
303 Houston vs. 304 Tulane
Thursday, September 19, 2019
8PM ET – Yulman Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Tulane is the slight favorite in this game, as the Green Wave are getting odds of -4.5 points against Houston. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 57.5 points. The public betting currently has 67 percent going on Houston on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Tulane seeks third win
Tulane is off to a 2-1 start to the season following a 58-6 win over Missouri State last weekend. The Green Wave are 2-1 against the spread as well while going 2-1 with the under.
The Wave have looked pretty good on both sides of the ball thus far. Tulane is giving up just 14.7 points and 276 yards per game on defense. Offensively, Tulane is putting up 35.3 points and 436 yards per contest. The Wave also have a strong ground attack, as four different players are over 100 yards. Quarterback Justin McMillan has thrown for 424 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 154 yards and three scores. Darius Bradwell is the next-leading rusher with 142 yards. Darnell Mooney is the leading receiver with 12 catches for 183 yards.
Houston hoping to bounce back
Houston is coming off a 31-24 loss against Washington State last Friday to fall to 2-1 on the year. The Cougars two losses have come against ranked opponents in Washington State and Oklahoma. They are 2-1 against the spread thus far while going 2-0-1 with the under.
The Cougars are struggling on defense thus far, but also faced two of the most prolific offenses in the country. They are giving up 32.3 points and 497.7 yards per game thus far on defense. Offensively, Houston is averaging 30.7 points and 385 yards per contest, including 238 rushing yards per game. Quarterback D’Eriq King is leading the team with 434 passing yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 196 yards and five scores. Kyle Porter has added 213 rushing yards and a score while Marquez Stevenson has 15 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
Tulane is 10-4 against the spread in its last 14 home games, but just 2-5 ATS in their last seven conference games.
Houston is 5-12 against the spread in its last 17 road games, but 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games in September.
The home team has won three straight in this series, but I think Houston comes in as the battle-tested team. Tulane took on Auburn, but the Cougars have faced Oklahoma and Washington State, covering in both instances. Dana Holgorsen isn’t going to let this Houston team slide to a poor record and I think this is a big game for him to keep the program on track. Tulane has looked pretty good, but the Green Wave haven’t established a history like Houston has over the last decade. I will take the Cougars with the points in a game that should be more of a grind than it looks on paper.
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