Check out our free Green Wave vs Trojans pick and preview for NCAAF week 1 game in Arlington. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this week’s NCAAF matchup.
Green Wave vs Trojans Pick & Preview: NCAAF Week 1 Betting Odds
On Monday, January 2nd at 1:00 PM ET, the USC Trojans and Tulane Green Wave at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. ESPN will carry the TV coverage for the game. USC comes into this non-conference contest, as the -1.5 home favorite. The over-under point total is currently set at 61.5.
Green Wave vs Trojans Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAF
- Teams: Tulane Green Wave at USC Trojans
- Where: Arlington at AT&T Stadium
- Date: Monday, January 2nd
- Betting Odds:
- USC -1.5, TULANE +102 | USC -127 O/U 61.5
Green Wave Preview:
The Green Wave take on the USC Trojans with a American Athletic record of 7-1 while going 11-2 overall.
In their last matchup, Tulane knocked off UCF by a score of 45-28. The Green Wave went into the game as -3.5 point favorites, leading to an ATS win. The two team’s combined to score 73 points, surpassing the over-under betting line of 57.5. In the loss, the team’s defense gave up a total of 410 yards, with 145 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 101st in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, Tulane is ranked 43rd in passing yards allowed and is coming off a game in which they gave up 265 yards through the air.
Coming into this week’s game, the Tulane offense is averaging 35.23. So far, big plays have been hard to come by for the unit, as they rank poorly in explosive plays in both on the ground and through the air. However, they have an opportunity to put together an above average performance vs a USC defense ranked 106th in EPA. One matchup to watch in this game, is if Tulane can generate some success in the run game. So far, the team is averaging 197.08 rush yards per game and have a matchup vs a USC defense that is vulnerable up front. Heading into the game, the Green Wave will be looking to turn things around in the passing game, as their per game average of 236.85 yards places them 79th in the NCAA. So far, they are the 159th ranked team in attempts per contest (27.77).
As the Trojans travel to take on the Tulane Green Wave, they have an overall record of 11-2. This includes going 8-1 in Pac-12 action.
USC is coming off a 23 loss to Utah by a score of 47-24. The Trojans entered the game as 3.5 point road underdogs, making this an ATS loss. The two team’s combined to score 71 points, surpassing the over-under betting line of 67.5. In the win, the team’s defense gave up a total of 533 yards, with 223 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 78th in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, USC is ranked 153rd in passing yards allowed and is coming off a game in which they gave up 310 yards through the air.
Coming into this week’s game, the USC offense is averaging 41.08. So far, big plays have been hard to come by for the unit, as they rank poorly in explosive plays in both on the ground and through the air. However, they have an opportunity to put together an above average performance vs a Tulane defense ranked 46th in EPA. This season, the USC offense has turned to the run at a below average rate. But, this week they have an opportunity to move the ball on the ground as Tulane has struggled up front. For the year, the Trojans are averaging 174.15 yards per gameon the ground. In the passing game, the Trojans will look to continue their strong play, as they are the 12th ranked team in pass yards per game at, 325.69. So far, they are 54th in pass attempts, at 35.62 per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NCAFF Game
In terms of betting, the Green Wave have an ATS record of 11-2-0. Their current over-under record sits at 7-6-0. Tulane has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 5-0-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 28.6 points per game while allowing 20.4. The team’s also performed well vs the spread at 5-0-0.
In terms of betting, the Trojans have an ATS record of 7-5-0. Their current over-under record sits at 9-3-0. Across their last 5 home contests, USC has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2-0. Their overall mark in these games was 4-1-0, while averaging 37.6 points per game.
Green Wave vs Trojans Pick
Free Spread Prediction: Tulane Green Wave 1.5
Free Total Prediction: Over 61.5