Wake Forest at Tulane College Football Picks and Predictions 8/30/2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Benson Field at Yulman Stadium
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons head to Benson Field at Yulman Stadium to play the Tulane Green Wave on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Wake Forest as 7 point favorites. The Demon Deacons were 8-4-1 against the spread last season and their over/under record was 7-6-0. The Green Wave were 7-4-1 against the spread and their over/under mark was 6-6-0.
Valuable Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Trends
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons were 7-6-0 against the over/under last season
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons were 8-4-1 against the spread last year
Important Tulane Green Wave Betting Trends
The Tulane Green Wave were 6-6-0 against the over/under last season
The Tulane Green Wave were 7-4-1 against the spread last year
Key Wake Forest Demon Deacons Injuries
08/14/18 WR Scotty Washington Shoulder is "?" Thursday vs Tulane
08/12/18 TE Thomas Cole Dismissed is out for season
08/04/18 LB Chase Monroe Undisclosed is out indefinitely
08/04/18 LB Jeff Burley Knee is out for season
07/20/18 DL Willie Yarbary Undisclosed is probable Thursday vs Tulane
07/15/18 RB Arkeem Byrd ACL is out for season
06/25/18 P Dom Maggio Throat is out indefinitely
06/14/18 QB Kendall Hinton Suspension 3-game suspension (eligible to return 9/22 vs Notre Dame)
Key Tulane Green Wave Injuries
No key injuries to report
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons were 24th in the country in points scored with 459 last season. They ran 961 plays last year for 6,057 yards, which ranked them 24th in Division 1 in total offense. The Demon Deacons averaged 6.3 yards per play, which was 29th in the nation. As a team they accumulated a total of 296 1st downs last season, ranking them 32nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Wake Forest ran for 2,458 yards, which ranked 38th in college football. They ran 536 times, averaging 4.6 yards per rush as a unit. The Demon Deacons were penalized on offense 69 times for 543 yards last year, which had them 85th in the country in penalties. Jamie Newman is expected to start the season at QB for Wake Forest. His performance will be key to if they can compete for a good bowl game this season.
Wake Forest was 79th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 368 last year. They gave up a total of 5,945 yards on D, which was 118th in D-1. The Demon Deacons were 68th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Opponent offenses completed 296 throws on 523 attempts against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons defense last season, ranking them 126th and 129th in the nation. The Wake Forest pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,530 yards in the air, which was 120th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 547 attempts for 2,415 yards last season, putting them in 97th place in the country against the run. The Demon Deacons had 62 penalties for 567 yards on defense last year. That placed them 25th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Wake Forest was 4th in the country in punt returns with 33 last season. They totaled 322 punt return yards and averaged 10.1 yards per return, which was 31st in D-1. They returned 44 kicks for 933 yards on special teams, which put them 26th in kick return yardage. The Demon Deacons averaged 21 yards per kick return and they were 14th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 7,313. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons tried 25 field goals last year and made 21, which was 14th in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 84%. Wake Forest Demon Deacons kickers made 93% of their extra points, going 52 for 56 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,045 yards on 72 punts, averaging 43 yards per punt. That ranked them 38th in the NCAA in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Green Wave ran for 2,778 yards as a team last year, which ranked 27th in college football. They ran 575 times, averaging 4.8 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Tulane Green Wave were penalized on offense 70 times for 625 yards last season, which had them 81st in the country in penalties. They were 82nd in the nation in points scored with 330. They ran 816 plays last season for 4,698 yards, which ranked them 118th in Division 1 in total offense. Tulane averaged 5.8 yards per play, which was 54th in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 250 1st downs last year, placing them 79th overall as an offensive unit. Jonathan Banks averaged 8.2 yards per pass attempt and 8.3 adjusted yards per throw last season. He completed 124 passes on 219 attempts for a completion percentage of 56.6%. His quarterback rating last year was 139.1. He threw for 1,797 yards.
The Tulane Green Wave rush defense allowed 464 attempts for 2,525 yards last year, putting them in 107th place in D-1 against the run. Tulane committed 74 penalties for 676 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 71st in college football. They were 72nd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 350. They surrendered a total of 5,233 yards on D, which was 86th in the country. The Green Wave were ranked 124th in yards per play allowed with 6.7. Opposing offenses completed 181 passes on 319 attempts against the Tulane defense last season, placing them 12th and 9th in Division 1. The Tulane Green Wave pass defense also gave up a total of 2,708 yards through the air, which was 52nd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Tulane Green Wave attempted 10 field goals last season and made 10, which was 113th in D-1. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 90%. Green Wave kickers made 88% of their extra points, going 37 for 42 last year. Their punters totaled 2,268 yards on 58 punts, averaging 39 yards per punt. That placed them 115th in Division 1 in punting average. Tulane was ranked 121st in the nation in punt returns with 7 last year. They accumulated 23 punt return yards and averaged 3.3 yards per return, which was 125th in college football. They returned 28 kicks for 580 yards on special teams, ranking 110th in kick return yardage. The Tulane Green Wave averaged 21 yards per kick return and they were 101st in the country in all-purpose yards with 5,300.
Who will win tonight's Demon Deacons/Green Wave college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Green Wave +7
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