The 6-2 Memphis Tigers look to get back in the win column this week as they travel down to New Orleans to face off with the 5-5 Tulane Green Wave.
The Tigers have looked suspect in their first year under new head coach Ryan Silverfield. Last week in a nail-biting win over Navy they scored just 10 points. Memphis has two games scoring 10 or fewer points for the first time in a season since 2011. Typically we’re used to seeing the offense put up 40-50 points on a regular basis, but in 2020 the team from the Music City has just two games over 40+ points against FBS opponents. Add in one of the worst passing defenses in the nation in terms of yards conceded, as they let opposing offenses stay ahead of the sticks 44% of the time.
Since Halloween Memphis is 2-1 against FBS opponents, but scored just a combined 54 points in those efforts. Silverfield’s crew also needed a last-second touchdown to beat a bad USF Bulls team. The Green Wave are no strangers to blown leads, giving up big margins in losses to Tulsa, Navy and SMU. Still, Tulane seems to be turning a corner, having not lost in regulation since October 24. Their lone loss since came in double overtime against No. 25 Tulsa.
Head coach Willie Fritz has found a successful trigger man in freshman Michael Pratt, who has almost 1400 yards and 16 scores to just five interceptions in seven games. NOLA’s team is built on the ground though, with two running backs over 550 yards on the season and another with over 300. But the Tigers defense is good against the run, allowing very few explosive runs and they’re able to keep opposing backs behind the sticks. Pratt will need to step up against an underperforming secondary this week.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Memphis vs. Tulane on Saturday, December 5th at 12:00 p.m. ET on the ESPN+, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Memphis vs. Tulane (-2.5)
Point Total: 63.5
Money line: Memphis (+108) vs. Tulane (-132)
- Memphis has had a hard time living up to Vegas’ expectations, going 2-8 ATS in its last 10.
- Though the Tigers tend to do well against Tulane, covering the spread nine out of their last 13 meetings.
- The Green Wave have been scoring a lot this season, and giving up points, causing the over to hit on six of their last nine games.
- Tulane has been a safe bet recently, going 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
Memphis: (48% of handle, 50% percent of bets)
Tulane: (52% of handle, 50% percent of bets)
The Best Bet
At the beginning of the year you’d be shocked to see this game’s spread under two points. Tulane’s defense has been underwhelming this season, but so has the Memphis offense. Still Tulane is rolling at the moment and Memphis can’t seem to buy a win over a halfway decent team.
Pick: Tulane -2.5
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