Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Tulane Green Wave Pick – NCAA Week 9

The Cincinnati Bearcats and Tulane Green Wave are scheduled to meet at Yulman Stadium early Saturday afternoon. Can Tulane be the team to upset the Bearcats?

They already came close to pulling it off to open the season against the Oklahoma Sooners. That was a shocker at home, as Tulane had the Sooners on the ropes.

Oklahoma figured it out for a 40-35 win, but that didn’t come without a huge scare. It seems like Tulane put everything into that game against Oklahoma because they haven’t looked so good since then.

Tulane are going into this one with a record of 1-6. Their only win has been against Morgan State, 69-20. In their previous three attempts, the Green Wave had a 52-29 loss against ECU, Houston, 40-22, and SMU, 55-26.

Maybe they’re saving all of their effort for the top ranked schools? The Sooners certainly got their attention in Week 1. There might be an easy explanation for that, though. Tulane had all over summer, weeks to prepare for the Sooners.

It’s clear that Tulane put all of their eggs into that game, while Oklahoma did minimal preparations. You don’t go 5 points within Oklahoma to getting blasted by ECU and Houston.

SMU are ranked and good, so that wasn’t the biggest surprise, but their form versus Oklahoma wasn’t present. The Green Wave have another ranked opponent on their schedule in Week 9. This is a tough one against the Bearcats.

Cincinnati can’t slip up in New Orleans or they will drop far, with the Buckeyes there to jump into the top-4. They’re a perfect 7-0 going into this one. In their most recent attempt, the Navy Midshipmen put up a valiant effort but came up short, 27-20. Head below for our free Cincinnati vs. Tulane pick on October 30, 2021.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Tulane Green Wave Live Odds and Betting History:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Cincinnati -26 (-113) OFF Over 62 (-110)
Tulane +26 (-107) OFF Under 62 (-110)
Team Data Cincinnati Tulane
Overall Record 7-0 1-6
ATS Record 5-2-0 2-5-0
Away/Home Record 3-0 1-2
ATS Away/Home 2-1-0 1-2-0
Points Per Game 41.1 31.9
Points Against Per Game 14.6 42.3
Passing Yards Per Game 234.6 255
Rushing Yards Per Game 184.9 147.9

Cincinnati vs. Tulane Prediction:

Whether you like it or not, Cincinnati has a Heisman contender on their hands with quarterback Desmond Ridder.

The Bearcats’ win over Notre Dame put Ridder firmly on the Heisman map. He has helped lead Cincinnati to 41.1 points per game for tenth in the NCAA.

Ridder is going into New Orleans with 15 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 63.6% completions. He’s also gained 124 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground as a rusher.

Another sleeper to look out for is Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, so two players that no one really had on their radar going into this season as far as Heisman consideration is concerned are in the fold.

Do I think Ridder is going to win the Heisman? No, but he may receive an invite to the ceremony if the Bearcats keep winning. This is a total team effort in Cincinnati.

Their defense deserves the same if even more credit for their success. The Bearcats are ninth in the FBS with 296.4 yards allowed per game. They are fourth with 14.6 points against this season.


Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Tulane Green Wave Betting Trends:

Cincinnati

  • 4-1 ATS in their previous five games
  • 7-0 overall in their previous seven games
  • 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus Tulane
  • 5-0 overall in their previous five games on the road
  • 5-1 ATS in their six games in October

Tulane

  • 0-5 ATS in their previous five games
  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games versus the AAC
  • 7-0 ATS in their previous seven games after gaining 450+ yards
  • 0-5 ATS in their previous five games versus a team with a winning record
  • 0-4 ATS in their previous four games after a loss

The Bearcats’ biggest strength is their secondary. They give up little through the air. Cincinnati has conceded 163.7 yards per game through the air for sixth in the country.

The strength for Tulane is quarterback Michael Pratt. Pratt is everything for Tulane. He’s passed for 16 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 59% completions, while rushing for 96 yards and 4 scores.

Pratt isn’t going to find it too easy to pass on the Bearcats. Then what for Tulane? They don’t have many other outlets for success in this one.

The Tulane defense has gotten manhandled for 494.7 yards and 42.3 points allowed per game. That’s near the back of the NCAA on both accounts.

I’m seeing Pratt struggling against the Cincinnati secondary, allowing the Bearcats to take advantage of good field position often. Expect the Bearcats to pull away for a 45-13 win in New Orleans.

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