Temple Owls at Tulane Green Wave
The total for this game has taken a tumble from 64 to 59.5. The drop of this magnitude is something I am going to jump on.
These two teams have not stopped anyone. Tulane is coming off of giving up over 600 yards to UCF. Temple is coming off of giving up 31 second half points to Memphis. While they both played offensive oriented teams the lack of defense from both of these teams will transition to their next matchup.
Temple was able to counter the Memphis offense with gaining some yard of their own behind QB Anthony Russo. The Owls gained 489 yards and got 30 first downs. Russo will have an advantage against a Tulane offense that has given up over 400 yards a game through the air.
Tulane will rely on their running game averaging 232 yards per game (9th in the country). Stephon Huderson leads Tulane with 397 rushing yards along with 3 TDs while Cameron Carroll has a team-high 7 touchdowns to go along with 341 rushing yards.
Temple is averaging 34 points, Tulane is averaging 36 points. Add those together and you get 70 points per game. These two teams are a combined 5-1-1 to the over this season and it will continue on Saturday.
Pick: Over 59.5
Oklahoma Sooners -14 at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Oklahoma is coming off of two straight ATS covers against Texas and TCU. They will continue to run their way through the Texas teams on Saturday versus the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Sooners have not only won their last two but they also covered both of those games. Matching up with Texas Tech should allow for fireworks for Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler.
Texas Tech is coming off of a game where they gave up 438 yards against a subpar West Virginia offense. They will face a major step up in offensive competition. The Red Raiders have given up tons of yards through the air. The secondary has given up over 300 yards in three of five games this year and should be the fourth this weekend.
This comes down to the fact that Texas Tech will not be able to get enough pressure on Rattler to force turnovers. The Oklahoma defense made an appearance last week holding TCU to just 14 points. Texas Tech will have no chance to keep up with the pace of the Sooners.
Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -14
Wake Forest Demon Deacons -11 at Syracuse Orange
Wake Forest is coming off of an upset win over Virignia Tech where they were eleven pount underdogs. The win is their third straight. They have won by causing turnovers, 10 in total over their last three victories. Wake is at a +10 turnover margin in their victories.
Syracuse is coming off of a “moral” victory by covering the spread against the vaunted Clemson Tigers. Their performance against Clemson has given the market a false idea taht Syracuse is better than they really are. Syracuse lost starting QB Tommy Devito early in the season against Duke. Senior Rex Culpepper has not been good completing just 43% of his passes since taking over as the starter. The lack of passing attack has killed the run game. Syracuse is only averaging 91 yard per game on the season.
Much like the Demon Deacons, Syracuse has been turning opposing teams over (2.8 per game). Wake’s QB Sam Hartman has not thrown an interception this season. He is considered a game manager that will not look to throw the ball down field. In this matchup he won’t need to. He will rely on the two-headed running monster. Sophomore Kenneth Walker III has rushed for 449 yards and eight touchdowns on 90 attempts, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Junior Christian Beal-Smith has added 71 carries for 385 yards and four scores, picking up 5.4 yards per attempt.
Syracuse has had a tough schedule. They sit at the bottom of college football giving up nearly 500 total yards. The run game will dominate and Sam Hartman will do enough to keep the defense honest. This matchup reminds me of the Orange’s matchup with Liberty earlier this year. Wake Forest will control the ball with the run game
Pick: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -11
Overall Season Picks Record: 6-3