Houston Cougars (5-0) at Tulane Green Wave (2-3)
College Football: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Yulman Stadium)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +19 — Over/Under: 60.5
The Houston Cougars and Tulane Green Wave meet Friday night at Yulman Stadium.
The Houston Cougars look to pick up their third road win in hopes of remaining unbeaten. Greg Ward Jr. is completing 72.5 percent of his passes for 1,302 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Ward hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in two straight games. Demarcus Ayers and Chance Allen have combined for 726 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Steven Dunbar has 14 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 287.2 yards per contest, and Ward leads the way with 554 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 24.2 points and 398.4 yards per game. Elandon Roberts leads the Cougars with 59 tackles, Steven Taylor has eight sacks and Adrian McDonald has two interceptions. Marcus Oliver and Linell Bonner are questionable.
The Tulane Green Wave look for their first win over a ranked team that will get them to a .500 record. Devin Powell is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 69 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Tanner Lee will miss this game due to a concussion. Teddy Veal and Devon Breaux have combined for 556 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Sherman Badie has 13 receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 95.8 yards per contest, and Dontrell Hilliard leads the way with 188 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 37.8 points and 419.8 yards per game. Nico Marley leads the Green Wave with 36 tackles, Royce LaFrance has three sacks and Richard Allen has four pass deflections. Colton Hanson and Richard Allen are questionable.
The Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Green Wave are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games in October and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cougars are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Tulane and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 meetings overall.
Due to quarterback injuries and a lack of defense, Tulane has been a punching bag this season. That’s not good when playing a Houston team that is looking for style points now that the Cougars are in the top 25
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