Tulane Green Wave College Football Betting
The defending American Athletic Conference champion Tulane Green Wave will get the opportunity for a repeat on Saturday when they host the SMU Mustangs in the AAC championship game. Both teams ended the AAC regular season with 8-0 records within the league. And as good as Tulane is, SMU will present a supreme challenge. Everyone knows about the perennially prolific SMU offense. But what they don’t know is that the SMU defense is one of the best in the country. SMU is one of the hottest teams in the country on the field and at the betting window.
College Football Betting Lines
American Championship Game - Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA
SMU Mustangs +4
Tulane Green Wave -4
Money Line: SMU +160, Tulane -185
Tulane Green Wave Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, December 2, 2023, the Tulane Green Wave will face the SMU Mustangs in the American Athletic Conference championship game at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans, LA. Kickoff time is 4 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ABC.
Last game, the SMU Mustangs won 59-14 against the Navy Midshipmen as 18.5-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 46. SMU has a record of 10-2 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, and 6-6 over/under the total. SMU ranks 9th for total offense, 16th for passing, 42nd for rushing and 4th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 13th overall, 15th against the pass, 28th against the rush, and 13th for points allowed. Also, SMU ranks 22nd for fewest turnovers lost and 63rd for takeaways.
Preston Stone threw three touchdown passes before suffering an injury in the second quarter, and SMU cruised over Navy on Saturday to advance to the American Athletic Conference championship game.
Stone had already thrown for 322 yards on 14-of-19 passing when he went down awkwardly while being sacked with six minutes left in the first half. He was helped off the field and then taken by cart to the dressing room.
SMU will travel to New Orleans to play Tulane next Saturday. After Stone, redshirt freshman Kevin Jennings is the backup, followed by Iowa transfer Alex Padilla. Jennings took over for Stone, and Padilla also saw action, as did fourth-stringer freshman Keldric Luster.
Tyler Lavine rushed for three touchdowns, Kelvontay Dixon had 125 yards receiving and two touchdowns on four catches, and Isaiah Iwokobia had a 74-yard pick-6 in the third quarter for SMU's final points.
All three of Stone's touchdown passes came in the first quarter when he threw for 275 yards, the most in a quarter by an FBS quarterback this season, and the Mustangs went out in front 28-0 on their way to a 52-14 halftime lead, their third 40-point half of the season.
Tulane Green Wave Weekly Recap
Last game, the Tulane Green Wave won 29-16 against the UTSA Roadrunners as 3.5-point home favorites. The game went under the total of 52. Tulane has a record of 11-1 straight up, 5-7 against the spread, and 2-10 over/under the total. Tulane ranks 64th for total offense, 72nd for passing, 58th for rushing, and 63rd for scoring. Defensively, they rank 29th overall, 100th against the pass, 6th against the rush, and 18th for points allowed. Also, Tulane ranks 120th for fewest turnovers lost and 14th for takeaways.
Makhi Hughes rushed for a season-high 166 yards and a touchdown. Tulane claimed a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game with a victory over UTSA on Friday in New Orleans.
Hughes had his seventh 100-yard game of the season, and Michael Pratt threw two touchdown passes to Chris Brazzell II for the Green Wave, who won their 10th consecutive game. Tulane, which scored 17 points off five UTSA turnovers, will host the AAC title game on Dec. 2, with SMU being the opponent.
2023 Tulane Green Wave Football Schedule
||vs. South Alabama
||at Southern Miss
||vs. Nicholls State
||vs. North Texas
||at East Carolina
As hard as it may be to believe, the Tulane Green Wave was a member of the SEC. And from 1936 through 1950, they had some success with four top-20 finishes. But by 1965, it became obvious that this esteemed and comparatively small private school in New Orleans could not compete with football factory programs like Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, and Tennessee Volunteers. So Tulane went the independent route beginning in 1966.
After dropping out of the SEC, Tulane became a stepping-stone type of program. Coaches like Larry Smith, Mack Brown, and Tommy Bowden would parlay a big season at Tulane into a bigger job at a more prominent program.
From 1940 through 2017, Tulane went to eight bowl games. And there were times when the program’s legitimacy was questioned. But then came Willie Fritz.
Willie Fritz has led Tulane to bowl games in four of the last five seasons. And in 2022, Fritz took Tulane to the Cotton Bowl, where the Green Wave scored an epic upset win over the USC Trojans.
Indeed, these are the glory days of Tulane Green Wave football.
2023 College Football Schedule
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