College Football Picks: Offenses Take Center Stage Tonight in Tulsa

Charles Stark

Friday, October 23, 2015 3:21 PM GMT

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 3:21 PM GMT

Memphis is coming off one of the biggest wins in school history, Still It seems they are due for a little bit of a letdown though. So lets review the odds as we serve up a free pick.

Memphis Tigers
Offensively Memphis comes in averaging 42.6 points per game, 535.6 yards per game, and have a third-down 47.44% conversion rate. These statistics rank in the top 10 nationally and they have been moving the ball at will this year. Against Tulsa I doubt they will find much resistance, but that is not the guts of this play. Although I expect Memphis to move the ball and score, I also expect Tulsa to do the same. Memphis has lost the last two games in Tulsa.

Defensively Memphis allows 30.2 points per game, 509.4 yards per game, and a third-down 35.90% conversion rate. What they are facing today is a mirror image of their own offense with a team that is very good offensively in Tulsa. Although Memphis has been decent with their run defense allowing 136 yards per game, teams have been able to move the ball through the air consistently. Through the air Memphis is allowing an average of 373.4 yards per game which will be a problem for them tonight.

 

Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Offensively Tulsa averages 33.3 points per game, 550.5 yards per game, and have a third-down 43.59% conversion rate. They are ranked fifth in the country in yards per game and simply have a solid offense all around. They are dangerous on the ground averaging 196 yards per game and through the air averaging 354.5 yards per game. The biggest issue for them has not been on this side of the ball, but it is the main reason why like them to stay within the number.

Defensively Tulsa allows 34.8 points per game, 525 yards per game, and a third-down 38.38% conversion rate. There is not a lot to like about them on the defensive side. The only good points to consider is that this is their homecoming game and they are facing a ranked opponent which should have them especially motivated. Expect them to at the very least play inspired football on the defensive side while they let their offense do the heavy lifting.

There is a reason why the total for this game is set in the high 70s as this looks like to be an offensive showcase. Although that is likely the case what I like is for Tulsa to play the best game they have all year and not only stay within this number but possibly shock Memphis. The Tigers are coming off a big emotional win and might not be mentally prepared against an underrated Tulsa team. 

 

Memphis vs. Tulsa Odds
College Football Odds makers have come out making Memphis around a 10 point favorite and at some places 10.5. You can still get pretty good odds at taking Tulsa +10.5 like at Bookmaker sports book -115. For my College Football Pick tonight I recommend taking the Golden Hurricane in the points.

College Football Pick: Tulsa +10.5 at Bookmaker

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