Tulane Green Wave vs USC Trojans Prediction, 1/2/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tulane Green Wave vs USC Trojans
Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Location: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Trojans (-1.5)
The USC Trojans (11-2) will try to beat the Tulane Green Wave (11-2) at AT&T Stadium on Monday, January 2, 2023 in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Tulane is 1.5-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 62.5.
The Tulane Green Wave head into this game 11-2 for this year. In their last contest, the Green Wave faced the UCF Knights and notched a win by a score of 45-28. Tyjae Spears was the rushing leader for the Green Wave with 22 attempts for 199 yds (9.0 yards per carry). Michael Pratt connected on 20/33 with 394 yds through the air and 4 TDs. He had a QB rating of 194.8 and walked away from the contest with 1 pick. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Green Wave conceded 145 yds on 48 attempts, which averages out to 3.0 yards per rush surrendered. Tulane allowed 24 pass completions on 48 attempts for 265 yds, and a completion rate of 50.0%. On the day, they had 64 plays which gave them 648 yds. The Tulane Green Wave rushed the ball a total of 31 different times and accounted for 254 yds, which had them averaging 8.2 yds per attempt.
The Green Wave have racked up 5,639 total yards for the season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Tulane has earned 29 touchdowns via the pass and 30 touchdowns on the ground. They have turned the football over 16 times. Tulane has tallied 287 first downs as a team, and they have been called for 52 penalties for 450 yds. As a unit they're holding an average of 197.1 yards rushing which is 31st in Division 1. When it comes to putting points on the board, the Tulane Green Wave hold an average of 35.2 PPG.
The Green Wave are sitting in 26th in D-1 when it comes to the opposition scoring, giving up 20.5 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.9 yards per rush and 153.8 rushing yards per game this year. During the season, they have allowed 1,999 running yards through 13 games. Concerning yards via the pass, the Green Wave are allowing 2,451 yards which ranks them 32nd in the country. They have surrendered 188.5 yards per outing through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 58.5%. Over the course of this season, they are giving up 342.4 yards/game which has them ranked 32nd in college football. They have yielded 18 touchdowns by air in addition to 14 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Trojans head into this game 11-2 for this season. In their last game, the Trojans took a loss by a score of 47-24 against the Utah Utes. Caleb Williams (3 touchdowns) ended the contest with 363 yards on 28/41 passing while his QB rate was 161.9. He tossed 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 8.9. Austin Jones carried the rock 15 times for 35 yds, walking away from the contest with 2.3 yds per attempt for USC. USC ran the ball for 2.1 yards per attempt, finishing with 56 yards on 27 carries. The Trojans finished with 419 yards on 68 plays (6.2 yards per play). The Trojans pass defense conceded a completion rate of 64.7%, relinquishing 310 yards on 22 out of 34 through the air. USC gave up 35 run attempts for 223 yards (6.4 yds per rush).
The USC Trojans have an average of 499.8 yards/outing, ranking them 5th in the country. The USC offense has compiled 775 penalty yards on 83 violations, which is good for 28th in the country in terms of giving up free yards. Over the course of the season so far, the Trojans have racked up 4,234 yards through the air as well as holding an average of 325.7 throwing yards per contest, giving them a rank of 5th in college football. When looking at how much they score, the Trojans sit 3rd in college football averaging 41.1 PPG.
USC has given up a total of 1,932 yards via the ground game (148.6 yards/game) and 25 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the season. They have given up 23 touchdowns through the air as well as 266.5 yards per contest, which has them ranked 111th in D-1. The Trojans defense has taken part in 857 plays, ranking them 91st in Division 1. The Trojans are relinquishing 27.9 points per game, which has them sitting 81st in D-1. Overall, they have allowed 363 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Green Wave/Trojans college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Trojans -1.5
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