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Army vs. Tulane 11/14/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Army visits Tulane on 11/14/2020 at 12:00PM.

Army and Tulane face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Army has a record of 6-1 this season. Tulane is 4-4 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Army Team Defense Preview

Army has had 67 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.12 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Army is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Passing plays make up 50.73% of their opponents’ play calls.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

Army opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.37 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Army is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Army Team Offense Preview

Army has had 62 total drives this season and they generate 5.84 plays per drive. Army runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Army is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Army passes the football 14.92% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.19 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Army coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Army has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Army has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

Tulane Team Defense Preview

Tulane has had 105 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.21 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Tulane has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Tulane opponents pass the football 48.45% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

Tulane opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.46 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Tulane should have a sign ready for opponents near the Visitor Locker Room that says “Welcome to Hell”, this front seven is deep and they cause a lot of problems. Tulane is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Tulane Team Offense Preview

Tulane has had 101 total drives this season and they generate 5.03 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Tulane is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Tulane is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Passing plays make up 43.11% of their play calls.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Tulane is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.26 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Tulane coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! The offensive line and running back corps deserve a lot of credit for gashing defenses with their running game like the way they have this season. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Tulane Offense. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Tulane has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Army Roster

The Players to Watch for Army

Jemel Jones QB 5-10 210

This season, Jemel Jones has put up 156 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has thrown 2 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 130.0thus far this season. Jemel Jones has thrown 2 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Jemel Jones has 237.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 93.59 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 41.0 times this season, which puts him in the 83.45 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 3.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Tyrell Robinson RB 5-9 180

This season, Tyrell Robinson has 325 rushing yards on 38 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 0 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Tyrell Robinson picked up 79 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 3 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Michael Roberts WR 6-3 235

This season, Michael Roberts picked up 94 yards. He caught the ball 6 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Nolan Cockrill DL 6-3 280

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Army, Nolan Cockrill has 14 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 71.42 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 72.46 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Cedrick Cunningham Jr. DB 6-0 215

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Army, Cedrick Cunningham Jr. had 39 tackles which puts him in the 95.14 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 4 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 98.27 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 2 times last season. Cedrick Cunningham Jr. as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 87.26 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Tulane Roster

The Players to Watch for Tulane

Michael Pratt QB 6-2 200

This season, Michael Pratt has put up 1111 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 135.0thus far this season. Michael Pratt has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Michael Pratt has 139.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 87.9 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 65.0 times this season, which puts him in the 94.31 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 5.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Cameron Carroll RB 6-0 225

This season, Cameron Carroll has 533 rushing yards on 90 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 10 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Cameron Carroll picked up 16 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 1 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Duece Watts WR 6-2 195

This season, Duece Watts picked up 363 yards. He caught the ball 20 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 5 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jeffery Johnson NT 6-3 330

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Tulane, Jeffery Johnson has 23 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 4 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 94.22 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 99.25 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Cameron Sample DE 6-3 280

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Tulane, Cameron Sample has 40 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 6 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 95.67 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 96.71 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Chase Kuerschen S 6-1 195

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Tulane, Chase Kuerschen had 52 tackles which puts him in the 99.04 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 34.52 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Chase Kuerschen as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.1 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Willie Langham CB 6-1 175

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Tulane, Willie Langham had 16 tackles which puts him in the 77.8 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.12 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Willie Langham as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 85.08 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Army vs. Tulane Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Army 38 Tulane 22

Spread Pick: Army +3.5 -114 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Army +150 5Dimes
Total Pick: Over 45.5 -110 bet365