South Florida vs. Tulane Total Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, South Florida is favored on the road, as the Bulls are getting odds of -11.5 points against the Green Wave. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 54 points. These two have no recent meetings to consider. The public is currently putting 77 percent of the wagers on USF on the road. Saturday’s game takes place from Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana and will air live on ESPN2.
Tulane is coming off a 23-10 loss at Florida International last weekend to fall to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in the AAC. The Green Wave are 3-3 with the over/under total as well, including a 2-1 with the over at home. Tulane’s defense isn’t terrible, as the Green Wave are allowing just 26.8 points and 400.5 yards per game. However, it is giving up 200 rushing yards per contest. On offense, Tulane is putting up 28.5 points and 380.3 yards per game. The Green Wave rely on the run heavily, averaging 278 rushing yards per game. Dontrell Hilliard has run for 607 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the team. Jonathan Banks has run for 267 yards and three scores while throwing for 502 yards and four touchdowns.
South Florida is rolling along following a 33-3 win over Cincinnati at home last week. The Bulls are now 6-0 on the season, 3-0 in the AAC and 4-2 with the under. USF is hitting the unders due to its defense, which is holding opponents to 17.2 points and 290.3 yards per game right now. USF is putting up 42.8 points and 492 yards per game on offense right now thanks to a rushing attack that is averaging nearly 300 yards per contest. Quinton Flowers is leading the team with 1,118 passing yards and 10 touchdowns while also rushing for 475 yards and six scores. Daris Tice has 493 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground while D’Ernest Johnson has 485 yards and four scores.
The Tulane defense isn’t too bad, but the Green Wave can’t seem to stop the run. That’s not going to go well against this USF team, which has three very capable rushers. Tulane has been able to run the ball as well, so I think the Green Wave can manage some scoring drives. The total isn’t set too high and I am quite confident that the Bulls will push their scoring into the 40s. That should be enough to hit the over with some help from Tulane.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: USF/TULANE OVER 54