There is one college football game on the schedule on Thursday night. The NFL takes the spotlight with Thursday Night Football between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Thursday night games are usually hard to look at, but the Cardinals and Seahawks should be an entertaining affair.
The Cardinals, Seahawks, and Rams are all tied with a record of 6-3, setting up what is sure to be an exciting finish in the NFC West. If the 49ers weren’t so banged up, it would have been even more interesting in the division. At 4-6, the 49ers are doing the best they can to keep afloat. We will have coverage of the Cardinals-Seahawks, including my props for the game, so look out for that on the NFL page.
If you need some more football action on Thursday night, then the Tulane Green Wave and Tulsa Golden Hurricane might be what you’re looking for. A matchup in the AAC isn’t going to get the blood flowing much, but it’s nice to see something other than the MAC on the schedule. The MAC had five games played from Tuesday to Wednesday.
It’s great to see the MAC back, but I’m ready for another conference after two straight nights of MAC football. And while this is another smaller conference on Thursday night, Tulane and Tulsa should make for a fairly entertaining contest. These are two teams that have been battling really hard and putting their best effort forth on the field. Tulsa is nationally ranked after beating SMU last week, 28-24. It’s the first time Tulsa has been in the Top 25 in the FBS since 2010.
The win over SMU was their second win over a ranked opponent this season. Following that win, it was hard to deny a spot for Tulsa in the Top 25. They head into Thursday night with a record of 4-1. Their only loss was a tight 16-7 game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. I think Oklahoma State was caught off guard and didn’t expect the Golden Hurricane to be that good. Since the loss, Tulsa has won four straight games, the most impressive of which was against UCF, 34-26, and SMU, 28-24.
Tulsa must look out for Tulane on Thursday night, though. They might be better than their 5-4 record indicates. Go into this one a little too complacent, and this game could easily turn into an upset. The good news for the Golden Hurricane is that they have yet to take an opponent lightly. They’ve been well coached by Philip Montgomery, who could be in for a promotion at a bigger school if he keeps along this path. Head below for our free Tulane vs. Tulsa pick for November 19, 2020.
Tulane Green Wave vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane AAC Football Betting Odds:
Tulane vs. Tulsa Prediction:
Tulane must get a standout performance from quarterback Michael Prett to have a chance at the upset on the road tonight. As a freshman, Pratt has looked good with 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He really has to work on his accuracy in the offseason, though. Pratt has completed just 55.3% of his passes. He will likely be forced to win this game against a Tulsa defense that has allowed just 133 yards per game on the ground.
Before Tulane develops into a real contender in AAC, that aspect of his game has to be cleaned up first. For a first-year quarterback, there has been a lot to like about Pratt, though. He appears to have a bright future at Tulane. Tulsa on the road is going to be his biggest challenge of the year. He played well against UCF and SMU in losses, but Tulsa beats both when it comes to defense.
The Golden Hurricane aren’t a defense that is going to get nationally recognized, but it’s more than enough to compete in the AAC. Tulsa is second in the conference with 370.2 yards and 21.8 points conceded per game. Only Cincinnati has been better defensively. And note that high-powered offenses like UCF and SMU have been on their schedule. Holding Shane Buechele to 200 yards with a touchdown and interception was impressive last week.
I’m not so certain that Pratt is going to enjoy a solid game tonight. He will have to be more accurate than he’s been in the past to put a dent in the Golden Hurricane defense. On the other side, Zach Smith has been in good form at quarterback for Tulsa. The senior has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 61.5% completions. Tulane has been getting killed through the air with 275 yards allowed per game. Look for Smith to have a solid enough game, while the defense keeps Pratt and Tulane out of reach late. I like a ten point win in favor of Tulsa on Thursday night.