The Memphis Tigers (3-1 Overall, 0-1 AAC) are looking for their first conference win tonight, as they visit the Tulane Green Wave (1-3 Overall, 0-0 AAC). Our 2018 Memphis plays Tulane NCAAF pick has the Tigers as 14.5-point favorites. The over/under comes in at 65.5. The pne loss for Memphis was a close one to AAC opponent Navy 22-21. Otherwise, they have outscored their three other opponents 106-71, winning by an average of 35 points. Tulane’s one win was against Nicholls, as they beat them easily 42-17. They lost their three other games by an average of 25 points. In those losses, the Green Wave averaged 15.7 PPG.
Memphis Offense vs Green Wave Defense
The Tigers offense is churning out on average 590 yards per game with 309.5 of those yards on the ground. Memphis is averaging 49.5 PPG. For the Tigers, junior QB Brady White is making it happen. He’s thrown a dozen touchdown passes and just one pick. White has been connecting on 72.2% of his passes. Nine different receivers have caught TD passes for the Tigers. WR Damontie Coxie, a sophomore, leads all Tiger pass catchers, with 23 receptions, 353 yards, and four TDs. Junior running back Darrell Henderson has been impossible to stop. Henderson has run the ball 58 times, gaining a total of 709 yards. He’s averaging 12.2 YPA and has crossed the goal line eight times. Henderson also has six pass catches and one receiving TD.
In creating our 2018 Memphis plays Tulane NCAAF pick, we note that Tulane is allowing opponents 491.5 YPG. Passing yards come in at 304, while ground yards average 187.5. The Green Wave is giving up 30.0 PPG. The Tulane D has not scored a TD, but they do have six interceptions. 15 PD, and 17 TFL. Corner Donnie Lewis is a top performer with two picks and four passes broken up. LB Lawrence Graham is a massive force. He leads the team with 31 tackles. Graham also has one INT, a sack, and 2.5 TFL. Three other defenders have 22 or more tackles.
Tulane Offense vs Tigers Defense
The Green Wave has averaged 376.3 YPG in offense. Their pass attack has been good for 201.8 YPG. The Tulane rushing game comes in at 174.5 YPG. The team is averaging 22.3 PPG. The junior running tandem of Corey Dauphine and Darius Bradwell has been effective. On 23 carries, Dauphine has gained 289 yards, averaging 11.6 YPA and scoring three times. Bradwell has amassed 238 yards on 43 carries for an average of 5.5 YPA and two scores. Topping the team in receptions is Darnell Mooney and Tereen Encalade. Moony has 385 yards on 22 catches. He’s averaging 17.5 YPC and has three TD receptions. Encalade, who has two TD catches, is averaging 20.7 YPC. He has 310 receiving yards over the course of 15 catches.
The Memphis defense is holding teams to 307.3 YPG. That total includes 151.0 YPG on the ground and 166.3 YPG in the air. They are allowing opponents 23.3 PPG. The D has forced six fumbles, recovering three. DB Terrell Carter has two of those FF and one recovery, as well as one pick, two PD, and 1 TD. Of the team’s eight sacks, LB Bryce Huff has three, while LB Austin Hall leads the team with 4.5 TFL. LB Curtis Atkins top the club with 27 tackles, while three other players have 20 or more tackles. The team has recorded 30 TFL.
Our 2018 Memphis Plays Tulane NCAAF Pick
We do think that a lot of points will be scored by Memphis. The major question is will Tulane do the same? The Green Wave scored 24 points versus UAB and in their OT loss to Wake Forest, they put up 17. The minimum number of points given up by the Tigers this season is 14. We expect Tulane to deliver around 17 points in this game. Also, we think Memphis will score at least 50. That means we’re going with the over. Finally, our 2018 Memphis plays Tulane NCAAF pick is the Tigers at -14.5. We believe their offense will do well tonight and the Memphis defense will do an adequate job.