CFB on Saturday and we will see the the Tulane Green Wave travel to the Carrier Dome to take on the Syracuse Orange. The start time is 12:30 pm (Eastern) and the game will be televised on locally. Current Odds have Syracuse listed as 14.5 point favorites, while the total sits at 54.5.
Analysis: The Green Wave have traded wins and losses in their first three games and enter this game with a 2-1 record. The Green Wave's most recent victory came in the Conference USA opener against league newcomer Louisiana Tech, 24-15. The offensive scheme for Tulane is based primarily on the passing game. Tulane has 712 passing yards as opposed to 332 rushing. Nick Montana is the signal caller for the unit. Montana has thrown for 706 yards and seven touchdowns, despite completing just 56.7 percent of his passes. No Green Wave player rushed for more than 300 yards last year, but senior Orleans Darkwa has proven to be a reasonable threat on the ground in 2013 with 150 yards through three games. Wide receiver Ryan Grant is the team’s main offensive threat, hauling in 24 balls for 348 yards so far and is on pace for his second straight 1,000-yard season. In the win over La Tech, the Green wav allowed just 289 yards, 14 first downs and 15 points, which was the fewest points they let up in a game since 2010.
After suffering losses in its first two games to Penn State and Northwestern, the Orange took some frustration out on Wagner by rolling to a 54-0 victory. In this contest the Orange are shooting not just to get back to .500 but for their 700th all-time victory. The Orange piled up 595 yards of total offense against Wagner and also had 27 first downs in the contest. Sophomore quarterback Terrel Hunt gets his first career start for Syracuse, as Drew Allen has been ineffective this year so far. Hunt relieved Allen last week and was 15-for-18 for 265 yards and three touchdowns before returning to the sideline midway through the third quarter, with the game out of reach. Syracuse was stout against Wagner, allowing just 87 total yards and five first downs. However, the Orange are not a terribly strong defensive squad, as they are allowing 467 yards per contest if you take out the Wagner game. The Orange defense is one that works well as a unit, as 10 different players have reached double digits in tackles already.
Pick: I will go with Tulane in the one. The Orange are not good enough to be laying 2 Td’s vs a decent team like Tulane is. The Green Wave showed that they are improved with last Thursday’s road win over Louisiana Tech. The Orange took apart a Wagner team last week, but vs FBS teams they haven’t looked that great. Tulane has both the offense and defense to stay within this big number here. Let’s also note that Tulane is 5-0 ATS in the 2nd of BB road games. The Orange have Clemson on deck so they just may overlook this sneaky good Tulane team just a bit. This game will be decided by a TD or less.
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