Posted: 11/10/2012 9:11:47 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by TheWalkman:
can you please post your write up on the Tulsa, Tennessee, and Marshall games
Why I like Tulsa: Tulsa likes to run the ball, and does so with extreme efficiency. Two
Junior running backs, Watts and Douglas, have an almost identical number
of carries and combine for over 1,300 yards rushing so far this year. 9
touchdowns together make the Tulsa run game a tough one to predict with
the frequent substitutions and misdirection plays. Along with the two
running backs, QB Cody Green has been decent this year in the support
game. He has thrown for 1,551 yards and 10 touchdowns so far. If the
backs can get going early against Houston, that might be all Tulsa needs in this one to pull away for their 8th win of the year.
Houston has one strategy and it's too late to change that now.
Passing is all they know and will need to stick to it against Tulsa if
they want to have a chance in winning this one. 6th in the nation so far
this year with over 340 yards passing per game, Houston is quite one
dimensional. Their offense isn't the problem this year, scoring more
than 33 points per game per outing. The defense has been atrocious so
far, giving up a 112th ranked 36.7 points per game so far.
This is a huge game for both teams. Houston is trying to
stay alive in the Conference USA West Division race, but the Cougars know that
they would need help in future weeks to win the division. Tulsa, on the other
hand, can strike a decisive blow in the C-USA West race. The Golden Hurricane
finds itself all alone in first place and have a two-game lead over both
Houston and Southern Methodist. If Tulsa wins this game, it won't officially
clinch the division, but it will pass its toughest test on the road there.
Tulsa is a stronger team in the trenches and more adept at protecting the ball.
Houston committed nine turnovers in a 72-42 loss to Southern Methodist earlier
this season. The Cougars are not trustworthy and shouldn't be the betting
choice in this contest, either. My prediction: Tulsa -38 Houston-28
Why I like Tennessee: The Tennessee Volunteers look to be headed in the right direction but
they are far from over the hump to becoming a top tier program once
again and they need two more wins this year to become bowl eligible.
Tyler Bray has proved to be capable at QB completing 59.9 percent of his
passes with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Rajeon Neal is
averaging 4.5 yards per carry with five touchdowns while catching 16
passes for another three touchdowns and Marlin Lane saw the bulk of the
carries last week and he is averaging 5.0 yards per carry with two
touchdowns. Justin Hunter is the Vols leading receiver with 56 catches
and seven touchdowns, Codarrelle Patterson has 36 catches and four
touchdowns, and Zach Rogers has 25 catches and five touchdowns.
Defensively Tennessee allows 35.4 points per game, 186.4 rushing yards,
and 296.8 passing yards with 10 interceptions and 12 sacks. A.J. Johnson
has 101 tackles, Byron Moore has 76 tackles, and Herman Lathers has 54
tackles. This is a must win for Tennessee if they hope to play in a bowl
The Missouri Tigers are having a rough first year in the SEC. QB James Franklin
is back on the field and he has completed 57.5 percent of his passes
with four touchdowns and six interceptions. Kendial Lawrence is
averaging 4.9 yards per carry with eight touchdowns while catching 16
passes out of the backfield and Marcus Murphy is averaging 6.1 yards per
carry with a touchdown. Marcus Lucas leads the Missouri receivers with
34 catches and two touchdowns, T.J. Moe has 30 catches and a touchdown,
and Gahn McGaffie has 26 catches. Defensively Missouri is allowing 22.6
points per game, 142 rushing yards, and 185.6 passing yards with five
interceptions and 19 sacks. Will Ebner and Sheldon Richardson each have
63 tackles and Andrew Wilson has 55 tackles. Missouri is in the same
situation as Tennessee needing to win two of their last three to go to a
Last week was a very physical game for Missouri vs Florida, and they now have to turn around and travel to Neyland Stadium after that war of a game. I do not trust Missouri to be able to go on the road two weeks in a row and stay competitive for 4 quarters. I see Tennessee pulling away late from a beaten up Missouri squad who will come out flat after last week's emotional loss. My prediction: Tennessee-31 Missouri-17
Why I Like Marshall: Marshall might not have the wins to
show for their high flying offense but they are an exciting team to
watch this season. Marshall offense is the 2nd best passing offense in college football
as they throw for 374 yards per game. All those passing yards has
resulted in the Herd averaging 39.7 points per game. Only thing keeping
Marshall from turning the corner in Conference play has been their
pitiful defense. Herd defense is giving up the 140th most points in
College Football 41.4 points per game.
The UAB Blazers are coming off its first CUSA win as they beat
Southern Miss 27-19. The offense of UAB has shown they can move the ball
through the air averaging 312 yards through the air. Big Problem for
offense of UAB has been the red zone, trouble finishing off their drives
have crippled this Blazers team. UAB has only been able to average 29
points per game which is near the bottom of the CUSA teams. Defense
hasn't been very good this season, Blazers have allowed 36 points per
season. UAB have allowed over 39 points 6 times this season already,
they must find a way to at least slow teams down if they are going to
have any chance at another win in 2012.
Odds-makers just missed on this spread,
this line should be Marshall by seven if not more. Thundering Herd
offense will score 50 plus as they march up and down the field with
their great passing game. Marshall defense is not great but UAB redzone
offense is so bad it won't matter. Marshall can name their winning
margin in this game as Thundering Herd dominate this CUSA match-up. My Prediction: Marshall-52 UAB-31
The Walkman- Hope this helps bud!! BOL to you this weekend bro!!