The 19th-ranked Tulane Green Wave and the 24th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats square off in an American Athletic Conference matchup on Friday afternoon.
The Green Wave (9-2) are coming off a 59-24 home win over the SMU Mustangs last Thursday. The Bearcats (9-2) have won three straight games since their road win last Saturday against the Temple Owls 23-3.
Tulane Green Wave vs. Cincinnati Bearcats: Match Details
Fixtures: Tulane Green Wave vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
Date & Time: Friday, November 25, 12:00 pm EDT
Venue: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Green Wave have been dominant offensively, as they have scored 35.1 points on 419.1 total yards per game thus far. Junior quarterback Michael Pratt is currently 65th in the country at this level with 2,220 yards while having a 20:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. They also have an excellent running back in junior Tyjae Spears as he has 155 carries for 996 yards (6.4 yards per attempt) with 12 rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, they are doing well too as they are giving up 19.5 points per game and allowing teams to run for 147.3 yards per game against them. They have been able to apply pressure but need to continue to force turnovers as they have 17 sacks as a team and 10 interceptions as well as eight fumble recoveries throughout the entire season.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have not had any problems scoring the ball as they are averaging 31.7 points on 397.9 total yards per game. Senior quarterback Ben Bryant’s participation will be a game-time decision as he continues to struggle with a foot injury. He had been doing extremely well, completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,732 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The offense makes sure that junior wide receiver Tyler Scott gets the ball thrown in his direction as he has 53 receptions for 888 yards (16.8 yards per catch) with nine touchdown grabs as well.
Their defense has stepped up, allowing 19.7 points per game this season, with 134.9 rushing yards allowed per game thus far. They have nine interceptions and seven fumble recoveries as well as 33 sacks this year.
Tulane Green Wave vs. Cincinnati Bearcats: Betting Odds
Tulane Green Wave vs. Cincinnati Bearcats: Pick
Tulane was able to get off to a hot start last week against SMU, scoring 28 points by halftime against the SMU Mustangs. Their offense has been doing incredibly well throughout the season. You can expect them to get a touchdown with the extra point and follow it up with a field goal. It’s not asking for a crazy amount to walk into the locker room with here.
Best Pick: Tulane: Team Points: Over 9.5 First Half (-135)
Tulane Green Wave vs. Cincinnati Bearcats: Prediction
Looking at the last five games, these offenses are on two different planets as Tulane is scoring 40 points per game while Cincinnati is averaging 24 points per game in that same stretch. The spread is really hoping for Ben Bryant to play in this game, and if he doesn’t, the numbers will shoot up. Tulane is 6-0 ATS in their last six road games while Cincinnati is 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games overall as well.
Final Prediction: Tulane Green Wave +1 (-110)