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Tulane vs. East Carolina 11/7/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Tulane visits East Carolina on 11/7/2020 at 12:00PM.

Tulane and East Carolina 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. Tulane has a record of 3-4 this season. East Carolina is 1-4 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Tulane Team Defense Preview

Tulane has had 90 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.38 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. Passing plays make up 45.87% 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. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Tulane can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.53 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.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. 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!Tulane has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Tulane Team Offense Preview

Tulane has had 88 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 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. Tulane passes the football 41.99% of the time.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. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Tulane can take credit for 3.24 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.

East Carolina Team Defense Preview

East Carolina has had 53 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes 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. East Carolina has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Passing plays make up 41.30% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.23 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. They are capable of giving up a long run, which is really demoralizing when the opposing team has the ball deep in their own territory.

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!East Carolina is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

East Carolina Team Offense Preview

East Carolina has had 55 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 4.73 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, East Carolina 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. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. East Carolina passes the football 56.54% of the time.East Carolina tends to pass more than other teams.

East Carolina 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 2.38 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 are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the East Carolina Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. East Carolina is a better passing team than running team this season.

The Tulane Roster

The Players to Watch for Tulane

Michael Pratt QB 6-2 200

This season, Michael Pratt has put up 895 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 133.2thus far this season. Michael Pratt has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Michael Pratt has 108.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 84.31 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 60.0 times this season, which puts him in the 93.14 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 435 rushing yards on 61 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 3 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Stephon Huderson picked up 72 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 5 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 306 yards. He caught the ball 15 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jeffery Johnson NT 6-3 330

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Tulane, Jeffery Johnson has 21 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 95.36 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 99.45 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 37 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 96.67 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 97.48 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 46 tackles which puts him in the 99.0 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 35.61 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 40.81 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 13 tackles which puts him in the 73.05 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 37.55 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 85.32 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The East Carolina Roster

The Players to Watch for East Carolina

Holton Ahlers QB 6-3 228

This season, Holton Ahlers has put up 1003 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has thrown 5 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 130.3thus far this season. Holton Ahlers has thrown 5 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Holton Ahlers has 82.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 79.61 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 26.0 times this season, which puts him in the 74.71 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Rahjai Harris RB 5-10 228

This season, Rahjai Harris has 448 rushing yards on 78 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 3 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Rahjai Harris picked up 14 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 4 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Tyler Snead WR 5-7 169

This season, Tyler Snead picked up 302 yards. He caught the ball 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Xavier McIver DT 6-1 310

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for East Carolina, Xavier McIver has 2 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 28.42 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 36.61 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Chris Willis DL 6-2 260

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for East Carolina, Chris Willis has 15 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 74.03 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 87.42 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Jireh Wilson DB 6-3 201

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 East Carolina, Jireh Wilson had 38 tackles which puts him in the 96.06 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 6 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 99.89 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 4 times last season. Jireh Wilson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.81 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Tulane vs. East Carolina Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Tulane 40 East Carolina 29

Spread Pick: Tulane -3 -110 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Tulane -150 5Dimes
Total Pick: Over 61.5 -114 Pinnacle Sports