Tulane vs. Houston fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday November 15
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
Tulane (5-5) vs. Houston (7-3) Game Preview
What’s Going To Happen
Okay, Houston. Enough.
This was one of the most dangerous-looking teams in college football over the first half of the season, and then a funny thing happened.
It started to play teams that weren’t awful.
The defense has left the building – and so has Ed Oliver – and the amazing offense hasn’t been able to keep up in losses.
Tulane is on the flip side, winning three straight to push its season into overdrive. The defense has turned into a killer at the exact right time.
As mediocre as these two have been, they’re still deep in the hunt for the American Athletic West title. With both at 4-2 in the conference, and SMU right there at 4-2, there’s a logjam – and Memphis is lurking, too.
The problem is that both the Green Wave and Cougars lost to SMU – and now both teams are rooting hard for Memphis to beat the Mustangs this week.
The loser is out of the race, and the winner is still in it. If Memphis does beat SMU, and Houston wins, then next week’s game between the Cougars and Tigers is for the division title …
This is a big game.
So what’s Tulane doing lately? The run defense has been an absolute killer against the run – only Cincinnati ran for more than 135 yards in the last six games. The secondary has had issues, but the O has managed to make up for it.
The pass rush has been fantastic, and it’s going to have to get to D’Eriq King early on.
Houston’s problem is a run defense that’s getting destroyed over last month for over 1,100 yards and 17 scores – Temple scored eight times last week in the 59-49 win.
Can Tulane keep up the pace on the road? It doesn’t have to if it’s able to work its style. The Green Wave dominate the time of possession battle, and Houston goes 1,000-miles an hour and doesn’t care about pacing.
With Oliver out for Houston, the Green Wave offense will tear off 300 yards on the ground. But the secondary will get lit up by King and company for well over 300 through the air.
It’ll be an interesting back-and-forth fight, but at home, the Cougars will finally get back on track even though it’ll seem like they’ll never have the ball.
It might take a late score to get it done, but King will crank out more than 400 yards of total offense to keep the conference title hopes alive.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Houston 37, Tulane 24
Line: Houston -10, o/u: 68
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
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