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Memphis vs. Tulane 12/5/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Memphis visits Tulane on 12/5/2020 at 12:00PM.

Memphis 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. Memphis has a record of 6-2 this season. Tulane is 5-5 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Memphis Team Defense Preview

Memphis has had 95 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.73 plays per drive. Memphis lets opponents run a lot of plays per drive and in the Fourth Quarter, this team could be gassed. Memphis has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Passing plays make up 54.23% of their opponents’ play calls.Memphis tends to face teams that prefer to air it out or opponents want to air it out against them.

Memphis is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.93 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. Memphis is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Memphis Team Offense Preview

Memphis has had 98 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.76 plays per drive. Memphis runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Memphis 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 53.72% of their play calls.Memphis tends to pass more than other teams.

Memphis struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. 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 2.63 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Memphis Offense. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Memphis is a better passing team than running team this season.

Tulane Team Defense Preview

Tulane has had 128 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.42 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. 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 46.69% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Tulane is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.63 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 has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Tulane Team Offense Preview

Tulane has had 126 total drives this season and they generate 4.97 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 42.33% 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 3.19 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 Memphis Roster

The Players to Watch for Memphis

Brady White QB 6-3 210

This season, Brady White has put up 2602 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 152.3thus far this season. Brady White has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Brady White has 80.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 73.49 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 49.0 times this season, which puts him in the 83.81 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Rodrigues Clark RB 6-0 200

This season, Rodrigues Clark has 500 rushing yards on 117 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Rodrigues Clark picked up 35 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 8 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Calvin Austin III WR 5-9 162

This season, Calvin Austin III picked up 841 yards. He caught the ball 48 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 8 receiving touchdowns this season.

Morris Joseph Jr. DL 6-2 275

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Memphis, Morris Joseph Jr. has 28 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 7 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 95.17 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 98.23 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Quindell Johnson DB 6-1 195.0

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 Memphis, Quindell Johnson had 60 tackles which puts him in the 98.29 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 87.65 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Quindell Johnson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 84.5 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jacobi Francis CB 5-10 180

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Memphis, Jacobi Francis had 20 tackles which puts him in the 77.27 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 92.38 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jacobi Francis as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2 passes this season, which puts him in the 94.13 percentile among Corners this season.

The Tulane Roster

The Players to Watch for Tulane

Michael Pratt QB 6-2 200

This season, Michael Pratt has put up 1384 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has thrown 5 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 135.9thus far this season. Michael Pratt has thrown 5 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Michael Pratt has 188.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 87.62 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 81.0 times this season, which puts him in the 93.97 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 5.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Stephon Huderson RB 5-9 200

This season, Stephon Huderson has 649 rushing yards on 107 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Stephon Huderson picked up 82 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 6 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Duece Watts WR 6-2 195

This season, Duece Watts picked up 466 yards. He caught the ball 27 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 27 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 96.56 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 97.94 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 Ends for Tulane, Cameron Sample has 49 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 92.0 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 94.33 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Chase Kuerschen S 6-1 195.0

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 59 tackles which puts him in the 98.03 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 32.62 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Chase Kuerschen as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 38.31 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jaylon Monroe CB 5-9 180

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Tulane, Jaylon Monroe had 23 tackles which puts him in the 84.31 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 35.19 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jaylon Monroe as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 37.54 percentile among Corners this season.

Memphis vs. Tulane Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Memphis 34 Tulane 33

Spread Pick: Memphis +2 -110 Bookmaker
Moneyline Pick: Memphis +107 5Dimes
Total Pick: Over 62.5 -110 SkyBook