UMass Minutemen vs Tulane Green Wave Prediction, 9/3/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: UMass Minutemen vs Tulane Green Wave
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Location: Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Green Wave (-31.5)
The UMass Minutemen (1-11 last season) are headed to Yulman Stadium on Saturday where they will compete against the Tulane Green Wave (2-10 last year). UMass opens this contest as 31.5-point underdogs. The over/under comes in at 60.5.
The UMass Minutemen wrapped up their year with a 1-11 record. The last time they took the field, the Minutemen took on the New Mexico State Aggies and took a loss by a score of 44-27. Ellis Merriweather was the leader on the ground for the Minutemen with 23 attempts for 168 yards (7.3 yards per carry). Garrett Dzuro finished 12/23 with 124 yds through the air and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 111.8 and ended the contest without throwing an interception. Against the run, the Minutemen conceded 203 yards on 37 attempts, which averages out to 5.5 yds per rush allowed. UMass gave up 26 completions on 34 tries for 420 yds, and a completion percentage of 76.5%. Overall, they ran 58 plays which gave them 405 yds. The UMass Minutemen ended up rushing 35 different times and totaled 281 yards, which came out to an average of 8.0 yds per carry.
The Minutemen had 3,608 total yards over the course of last season. UMass earned 11 touchdowns through the air and 14 rushing touchdowns. They gave the ball to the opposition 20 different times. UMass amassed 196 1st downs as an offense, and they committed 76 penalties for 734 yards. As a unit they held an average of 147.3 yards rushing, which ranked them 81st in Division 1. Concerning getting in the endzone, the UMass Minutemen averaged 16.3 PPG.
The Minutemen were sitting in 130th in Division 1 when it comes to their opponents scoring, allowing 43.1 PPG. They gave up 5.8 yards per rush and 235.0 yards on the ground per contest last season. In total, they conceded 2,820 yards via the ground game in 12 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Minutemen gave up 2,995 yds which had them ranked 81st in the nation. In their 12 games, they surrendered 249.6 yards per outing via the pass as well as surrendering a completion percentage of 64.5%. They gave up 484.6 yards per outing putting them 125th in Division 1. They allowed 24 touchdowns through the air and 43 running touchdowns.
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The Green Wave wrapped up their season holding a 2-10 record. The last time they took the gridiron, the Green Wave went home defeated by a final of 33-28 when they played the Memphis Tigers. Michael Pratt (1 TD) ended the game with 147 yds on 15/34 through the air while his QB rating was 78.4. He tossed 2 picks and his Y/A was 4.3. Tyjae Spears carried the rock 30 times for 264 yds, ending the game with 8.8 yards per carry for Tulane. Tulane rushed for 6.9 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 305 yds on 44 carries. The Green Wave finished with 452 yds on 78 plays (5.8 yards per play). The Green Wave pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 64.3%, surrendering 336 yards on 27 for 42 passing. Tulane allowed 34 attempts on the ground for 56 yards (1.6 yds per rush).
The Tulane Green Wave averaged 386.7 yards per contest, which had them sitting 74th in D-1. The Tulane offense had 613 yds of penalties on 72 violations, which had them sitting 74th in college football in terms of making mistakes. For the previous year, the Green Wave threw for a total of 2,662 yards via the pass as well as an average of 221.8 passing yards per contest, which ranked 75th in Division 1. When it comes to how much they scored, the Green Wave ranked 75th in Division 1 averaging 27.6 points per game.
The Green Wave surrendered 34.0 points per game, which had them in 116th in the nation. Tulane allowed a total of 1,909 rushing yards (159.1 yards per outing) and 25 touchdowns by way of the ground game over the course of last year. Last season, they relinquished 408 points in total. They surrendered 28 touchdowns through the air as well as 271.3 yards/outing, which had them sitting 120th in D-1. The Green Wave defense was on the field for 882 plays, ranking them 85th in college football.
Who will win tonight's Minutemen/Green Wave college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Minutemen +31.5
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