UTSA Roadrunners (8-3) vs. Tulane Green Wave (10-1)
UTSA Roadrunners vs. Tulane Green Wave 11/24/23 – The UTSA Roadrunners (8-3) will face off against the Tulane Green Wave (10-1) in a clash of Conference USA and American Athletic Conference foes on Friday, November 24th at Benson Field at Yulman Stadium. This critical late-season matchup has major implications in the race for a conference championship and potential spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game. NCAAF daily free tips suggest this should be a competitive contest between two talented squads.
The Roadrunners have continued their winning ways under head coach Jeff Traylor, putting together another impressive campaign after last season’s 12-2 record. UTSA is led by dynamic senior quarterback Frank Harris, who has showcased both his arm and legs this year. Harris has some talented weapons to work with in the passing game including leading receiver Joshua Cephus. Meanwhile, running back Kevorian Barnes brings production on the ground and helps drive UTSA’s multifaceted offense.
Tulane has been one of college football’s biggest surprise stories under relatively new head coach Willie Fritz. Veteran quarterback Michael Pratt pilots a very efficient Green Wave offense and has a rapport with top receiver Lawrence Keys III. Running back Tyjae Spears is another key cog that keeps the chains moving for Tulane. This unit doesn’t make many mistakes and can beat teams multiple ways.
UTSA Roadrunners vs. Tulane Green Wave 11/24/23 Game Info
|Friday, November 24, 2023 at 3:30 PM ET
|Benson Field at Yulman Stadium
Frank Harris QB vs. Michael Pratt QB
Harris has put together an outstanding senior campaign, completing 64.8% of his passes for 2,308 yards with 17 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He has also rushed for 387 yards and 6 scores as a true dual-threat quarterback. Harris excels at extending plays and keeping his eyes downfield to attack the deep parts of the field. His rapport with Cephus has been evident all year long in picking apart opposing secondaries. For UTSA to pull off the upset, Harris will need another prolific outing while limiting mistakes.
On the other side, Michael Pratt has been the conductor of this high-flying Tulane offense. He has completed 69% of his passes this season for 2,043 yards and 19 touchdowns compared to just 4 picks. Pratt spreads the ball around effectively but has a special connection with Lawrence Keys III that he utilizes often to generate chunk plays. More of a traditional pocket passer, Pratt wins with his accuracy, decision making and ball security. He rarely puts the Tulane defense in bad spots with turnovers.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Tulane Green Wave -2.5, Total Odds: 52.5
Despite their strong 8-3 standing, the Roadrunners come in as narrow underdogs, getting 2.5 points from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 52.5 in what’s expected to be a competitive American Athletic vs Conference USA showdown between two hot squads. UTSA has fared well against the spread this year at 5-1-1 ATS over their past 7 contests. Meanwhile Tulane has struggled from a betting perspective recently, going just 1-4 ATS over their previous 5 matchups.
UTSA Roadrunners Betting Trends
The Roadrunners are 7-0 straight up over their last 7 overall. They have also gone 5-1 ATS over that same sample. UTSA has been excellent on the road as well, with the under cashing in 5 of their previous 6 away matchups. In 4 of the last 5 meetings with AAC foes, Roadrunner games have gone over the total. UTSA is 5-0 straight up over their last 5 November battles.
Tulane Green Wave Betting Trends
The Green Wave have simply been on a tear, winners of 9 consecutive games straight up. Unders have hit in 9 of Tulane’s last 10 contests overall. They have protected their home turf well, with unders cashing in 5 of their previous 6 in New Orleans. Tulane has also fared well against Conference USA competition, posting a 7-1 straight up record in their last 8 such meetings. They are 4-1 straight up over their previous 5 showdowns with West division opponents.
UTSA Roadrunners vs. Tulane Green Wave 11/24/23 Betting Picks
This mid-major showdown has the makings of a hotly-contested affair between two teams playing with confidence down the stretch. The trends and metrics point toward a lower-scoring nail-biter being the most likely outcome. Tulane’s superiority at quarterback gives them an edge, but UTSA boasts enough firepower to keep it close. Laying the points with the home favorite Green Wave seems advisable in what sets up as a field goal game either way. Meanwhile, siding with the under on the modest total is the savvy play for those who enjoy the handicapper reviews.
Free Pick and Prediction: Tulane Green Wave 27, UTSA Roadrunners 24