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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 2020 – Tulane vs Nevada

Green Wave Slightly Favored Over Wolf Pack

Our Tulane vs Nevada pick 2020 is for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. This year, the Tulane Green Wave finished eighth in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-5 record. In both conference and nonconference games, the Green Wave recorded a 6-5 record. In the Mountain West Conference, the Nevada Wolf Pack posted a 6-2 record, finishing third. As it was this year in the age of COVID with many NCAAF conferences, in the MWC, the Wolf Pack did not engage in any nonconference games.

The Tulane Green Wave are favored in this bowl game. They are at -2.5 (-109). The Nevada Wolf Pack spread is +2.5 (+100). In terms of totals betting, the best over is 57.0 (-105), while the best under is 57.5 (-110).

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be played on Tuesday, December 22. The kickoff is at 3:30 pm ET with the game  played at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, ID. The weather will be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 39-degrees. Probability of precipitation is 25%.

Tulane vs Nevada Pick 2020 – Statistics

Our Tulane vs Nevada pick 2020 observes that the Green Wave averaged 35.4 PPG, while the Wolf Pack scored 29.9 PPG. Of Tulane’s 396.4 YPG, 218.9 were ground yards. Consequently, the Green Wave gained 177.5 passing yards. On the other hand, Nevada generated 325.1 passing yards per game and 111.5 rushing yards. Thus, they posted 436.6 total offensive YPG.

The Green Wave held opponents to 27.2 PPG. On the other hand, Nevada kept opponents to 22.9 PPG. In terms of total PF/PA against differential, Tulane holds a total edge of +6.2. Consequently, they hold an edge in terms of point differential. However, the Wolf Pack were stingier in allowing opponent offenses yards. Note, Nevada gave up 379.3 total yards, while Tulane allowed 416.7. Although both football teams gave up approximately 130 rushing yards, they were not equal in passing yards. Thus, the major difference between these two clubs came to passing defense. As a result, opponents accumulated 279.4 passing yards, while the against the Wolf Pack opposing teams averaged 248.5.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Offense and Defense

As noted, the Tulane offense is primarily focused on the run, while their pass attack works to support the ground game. Still, the Green Wave is a threat both in the air and on the ground. Also, their defense is capable of making big plays. On the other hand, the Nevada offense is focused on its passing game with its rush attack being used much less. The Wolf Pack defense is not as opportunistic as their opponent’s. Nevada could have a tough time against the talented and deep Tulane D.

Green Wave and Wolf Pack Offenses

For Tulane, quarterback Michael Pratt passed for 18 TDs and rushed for seven more. He tossed for 1638 yards, completing 55.9% of his passes. Of further note, opponents sacked him 25 times. Pratt threw five picks. He will connect with WRs Deuce Watts and Jha’Quan Jackson. They each have grabbed six TD passes and between them have more than 800 receiving yards. This season, four Tulane running backs have crossed the goal line two or more times. RBs Stephon Huderson (118 ATT, 721 YDs, 4 TDs) and Cameron Carroll (112 ATT, 621 YDs, 11 TDs) are this team’s top-two rushing threats.

This year, Wolf Pack quarterback Carson Strong completed 69.4% of his passes, covering 2,587 yards, He threw 22 TD passes and just four picks. Strong was sacked 19 times. Three Nevada receivers come to this game with five of more scores. WRs Romeo Doubs (53 REC, 930 YDs, 9 TDs) and Tory Horton (18 REC, 306 YDs, 5 TDs) and TE Cole Turner (44 REC, 545 YDs, 7 TDs) are the top pass catchers. Toa Taua (94 ATT, 573 YDs, 3 TDs) and Devonte Lee (64 ATT, 322 YDs, 2 TDs) are the team’s leading ground gainers.

Tulane vs Nevada Pick 2020 – Defenses

The Green Wave posted 38 sacks, nine picks with one pick-six, and 40 PD. They also recovered 10 fumbles. Senior DE Patrick Johnson has made 10 sacks this season. Consequently, he could be a game-changer. LB Dorian Williams leads the team in tackles with 54 solo and 83 total bringdowns. He’s made 4.5 sacks and defended three passes. Safety Larry Brooks has snagged three picks and defended three passes. This defense is loaded with standouts.

The Wolf Pack defense recorded just 15 sacks, three interceptions, 19 PD, and three fumble recoveries. DT Dom Peterson posted 4.5 sacks, while DB Tyson Williams made 36 solo tackles, one pick, and two PD. LB Lawson Hall is the Pack’s top tackler with 56 total bringdowns. He has one sack.

Our Tulane vs Nevada Pick 2020 – Final Word

Our Tulane vs Nevada pick 2020 likes the Green Wave at -2.5. Defense will be the major difference-maker in this game, and Tulane’s is superior. We expect both teams to score. Tulane’s rush attack will be tough to stop, and their passing game should perform well. On the other hand,  Wolf Pack QB Strong should hit pay dirt about three times. Don’t rule out the Green Wave defense putting up six points. We project that Tulane will score about 40 points and Nevada 24. The score will go over 57.  By the way, our Myrtle Beach Bowl pick was right on target yesterday.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 2020 – Summary

Point Spread – Tulane Green Wave at -2.5 (-109)
Totals – Over 57.0 (-105)


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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