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How and what to watch for Tulane vs. No. 25 Tulsa

Tulsa is ranked for the first time in a decade, and it will see the Green Wave on Thursday night.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane prepare to take the field prior to the game against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at H.A Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Ok. Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane jumped into the AP Top 25 Poll this week for the first time since 2010 after a big win. Tulsa will host an above .500 Tulane Green Wave team to begin a two-game slate of college football on Thursday night.

Tulsa joined the top-25 party following a 28-24 home win over a then-No. 19 SMU team to improve to 4-1 overall this season including 4-0 in the AAC. The numbers won’t jump out at you for this Golden Hurricane team, but they are solid in all areas. Tulsa put together an incredible defensive effort against the SMU passing game, limiting Shane Buechele to 200 yards passing, his second lowest total this season. He also completed just 50% of his passes, which was the lowest mark of the year.

Tulane won three consecutive games the past three weeks against Temple, East Carolina and Army to move to 5-4 overall this season including 2-4 in AAC play. The Green Wave have made plays in their running game where they’re averaging 5.3 yards per rush attempt for 21st in the country. If they can sustain long drives that end in touchdowns, this should limit possessions and give Tulane a better shot at a win or at least a cover for gambling purposes.

Tulane won the last three games of this series including a 38-26 victory in New Orleans in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Tulane vs. Tulsa on Thursday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Tulane vs. Tulsa (-6.5)
Point Total: 53.5
Money line: Tulane (+185) vs. Tulsa (-240)

  • Tulane covered the spread in each of its last five games, while Tulsa is coming in covering five of its last six.
  • Tulsa is 11-4 straight up and against the spread in the last 15 games against Tulane.
  • The point total went over in the three games Tulane came in as an underdog this season. In addition, the over hit the last three games in which Tulsa was favored.

Betting splits

Tulane: (14% of handle, 27% percent of bets)
Tulsa: (86% of handle, 73% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Tulsa’s defense has shown it can limit strong offenses to smaller numbers than they’re used to picking up. Tulsa’s offense is fine, but it won’t beat the brakes off anybody. Point total should be a safe play here.

Pick: Under 53.5

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