Tulane Green Wave (3-1) vs. Army Black Knights (3-1)
- Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
- Location: Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
- TV: CBSSN
- Line: Tulane -2.5
- FPI: Tulane 53.6%
- O/U: 43.5
- Series: Tulane leads 11-9-1
They’re legit. They were my pick to win the AAC West this year. QB Justin McMillan, RB Darius Bradwell, and WR Darnell Mooney are a three-headed monster for the Green Wave offense.
Led by head coach Willie Fritz, they are a run-first team. That being said, McMillan is more than capable of beating opposing defenses through the air. He has 610 yards and five touchdowns on the year. Bradwell is one of the multiple guys who will carry the ball on Saturday. He has 255 yards but hasn’t found pay dirt yet this season.
Defensively, the Green Wave are 63rd in the country in run defense, giving up 147.3 YPG. They also give up 193 YPG through the air.
Their defense is no stranger to the triple option as they play Navy every year. They no what to expect and are coming off a bye week, they had extra time to try and figure the Black Knights out.
The Tulane offense is going to have to keep their defense off of the field if they want to win the game. If they are forcing three and outs and the offense is driving down the field consistently they’ll be able to win, and maybe even win comfortably.
Army had a much-needed bye week to get healthy. Two of the biggest leaders are back, Kelvin Hopkins and Jaylon McClinton.
The offense didn’t take too much of a hit without Hopkins under center, but you could definitely see a difference with Jabri Laws and Christan Anderson there.
The fullbacks need to be huge this week. I mean, their always super important, but this week even more so. Army needs to keep the Green Wave offense off of the field. How do they do that? By the fullbacks getting three yards each time they get the ball.
The Black Knights defense has to find a way to limit the damage of the 32nd highest-scoring offense. They have outscored their opponents by 38 points in the second half this year. Defensive coordinator John Loose has a tough task on his hands.
Two programs on the rise looking to jump into the top 25 (Army 30th, Tulane 36th). This is going to be a great game. This is Army’s biggest non-CIC game this year. Yes, bigger than Michigan (call me crazy, I don’t care).
This game kind of feels like the Army/Buffalo game last year, two pretty good teams trying to climb into the rankings and then Army goes up to Buffalo and blows them out.
Army can’t let Tulane blow them out.
A healthy Hopkins might just be the difference in the game. If he’s 100% and running the offense, as well as everyone, knows he can, Army will win, if he’s not, well… the Black Knights are in some trouble.
I’ve been trying to convince myself all week that Army will pull out a close win, but I just can’t call it. This Tulane team is rolling and I think they’ll sneak a close one out snapping Army’s home win streak.
Army 17- Tulane 21