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Tulane vs. Tulsa 11/19/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Tulane visits Tulsa on 11/19/2020 at 7:30PM.

Tulane and Tulsa 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 5-4 this season. Tulsa is 4-1 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Tulane Team Defense Preview

Tulane has had 115 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.3 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 45.16% 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 2.54 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 112 total drives this season and they generate 5.0 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 43.93% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Tulane 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. 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 3.2 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.

Tulsa Team Defense Preview

Tulsa has had 65 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.2 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. Tulsa opponents pass the football 53.55% of the time.Tulsa tends to face teams that prefer to air it out or opponents want to air it out against them.

Tulsa 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 2.38 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!Tulsa is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Tulsa Team Offense Preview

Tulsa has had 66 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.05 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Tulsa 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. Tulsa 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 47.75% of their play calls.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Tulsa 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. 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. Tulsa can take credit for 2.74 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 Tulsa Offense. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. Tulsa 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 1308 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 138.2thus far this season. Michael Pratt has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Michael Pratt has 158.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 86.6 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 70.0 times this season, which puts him in the 93.81 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 551 rushing yards on 83 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 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 448 yards. He caught the ball 26 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 25 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 97.8 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 99.02 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 45 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 94.32 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 95.7 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 59 tackles which puts him in the 99.17 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 34.2 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 39.53 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Jaylon Monroe CB 5-9 180

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, Jaylon Monroe had 20 tackles which puts him in the 84.55 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 36.15 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. Jaylon Monroe as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.01 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Tulsa Roster

The Players to Watch for Tulsa

Zach Smith QB 6-3 227

This season, Zach Smith has put up 1250 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 142.3thus far this season. Zach Smith has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Zach Smith has -32.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 5.33 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 20.0 times this season, which puts him in the 63.92 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Deneric Prince RB 6-1 214

This season, Deneric Prince has 336 rushing yards on 62 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Deneric Prince picked up 11 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 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Keylon Stokes WR 6-0 194

This season, Keylon Stokes picked up 428 yards. He caught the ball 28 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Anthony Goodlow DL 6-5 256

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Tulsa, Anthony Goodlow has 16 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 87.03 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 3 times this season, which put him in the 92.6 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Kendarin Ray S 6-4 200

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 Tulsa, Kendarin Ray had 35 tackles which puts him in the 91.98 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 76.6 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. Kendarin Ray as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 39.53 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Allie Green IV CB 6-3 206

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 Tulsa, Allie Green IV had 17 tackles which puts him in the 76.59 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 80.57 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. Allie Green IV as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 84.87 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Tulane vs. Tulsa Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Tulane 27 Tulsa 29

Spread Pick: Tulane +6.5 -106 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Tulsa -225 BetOnline
Total Pick: Over 53 -110 bet365