The Tulane Green Wave (+36) are heading northeast to face the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Big Ten Network will broadcast the action and kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.
Betting Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Tulane Green Wave
Ohio State is heavily favored in this matchup and is currently giving up 36 points to Tulane. Vegas has placed the over/under (O/U) at 66.5 points. If one program can catch a lucky break early, it would probably generate a worthwhile in-game betting opportunity.
Odds have moved from when they were first posted. The opening line was -34, while the game’s total has not moved after it was set initially at 66.5.
The Green Wave are down 1.9 units so far and 2-1 against the spread (ATS). The team has recorded an Over-Under mark of 1-2.
The Buckeyes are up 1.0 unit for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 2-0-1 ATS and have an O/U record of 2-1.
The Green Wave are 1-2 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Buckeyes are 3-0 SU.
The Green Wave fell to UAB 31-24 in a matchup where the passing attack could’ve been better as Jonathan Banks completed only seven passes on 24 attempts for 180 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Darius Bradwell (90 yards on 15 rush attempts, one TD) spearheaded the running attack. Darnell Mooney (four receptions, 123 yards, two TDs) and Tyrick James (one catch, 30 yards) shared the receiving duties in the defeat.
Ohio State is coming off of a 40-28 win over TCU. Dwayne Haskins completed 24-of-38 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Weber (64 yards on 18 rush attempts) and J.K. Dobbins (121 yards on 18 carries) mounted the running game while K.J. Hill (six receptions, 95 yards, one TD) and Austin Mack (four catches, 84 yards) led the receiving attack in the win.
Tulane’s run the ball on 60.9 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Ohio State has an overall rush percentage of 56.3 percent. The Green Wave have rushed for 199.3 yards per game and have six scores on the ground this year. The Buckeyes are logging 260.7 rush yards per game and have eight total rushing TDs.
If the results so far this season can translate to this game, then the Buckeyes should hold an advantage in the trenches. Their offensive line has allowed only three sacks while the D-line has logged 11 sacks. The Green Wave offensive line has allowed 12 sacks and their defense has got to opposing QBs just three times.
The Green Wave offense has logged 217.0 yards per contest in the air overall and has five passing scores so far. The Buckeyes have produced a ridiculous 348.0 pass yards per outing and have 12 total pass TDs.
Defensively, Tulane has allowed opponents to rush for an average of 199.7 yards and pass for 265.7 yards per game. The Ohio State D has allowed 189.7 yards per game to opposing passers and 156.0 yards per game to opposing runners. The Buckeyes are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 3.38 to opposing QBs, while the Green Wave have given up a 5.34 ANY/A.
Offensively, Banks is up to 461 passing yards on the year, and has connected on 41 percent of his 61 attempts with four passing scores and one interception. Banks has a 6.43 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 6.53 over the last two outings.
Dwayne Haskins has managed to complete 46-of-68 passes for 657 yards, seven TDs and one INT for Ohio State. His ANY/A sits at 10.88 for the year and 10.92 across his last two outings.
Tulane Green Wave at Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA Prediction
SU Winner: Ohio State, ATS Winner: Tulane, O/U: Over