College Football Pick Army at Tulane 10-9-10

October 7, 2010


Army Black Knights (3-2) vs. Tulane Green Wave (2-2)

Saturday, October 9, 2010 3:30PM EST

Line: Tulane -1.5

In this evenly close matchup, Tulane benefits from finally heading back home after a close win against Rutgers. The Army Black Knights were riding off a dominating win against Duke before suffering a 42-35 loss against an underrated Temple team. Both teams carry respectable offensive weapons; Army loves their offense to center around their quarterback, Trent Steelman. While Tulane has had a splendid time finding their leading receiver Casey Robottom.

Keys to the Game:

–          Steelman continued his running success last week, scoring four touchdowns on the ground. He also was able to throw for a touchdown too, his third touchdown pass of the season. So far, he has six rushing touchdowns. His two running partners in Jared Hassin and Malcolm Brown have both been able to help the team carry their ninth ranked rushing offense.

–          Tulane’s victory over Rutgers showed the team’s ability to mix it up within their play calling. The team’s second touchdown of the game came from their receiver D.J. Banks, who threw a 24-yard pass to Joe Kemp to open up a 17-7 lead. Their receivers, Robottom and Sparks each had six catches, but their running game is still absent. The team rushed for a total of 24 yards in their win last week.

–          Army’s defensive crew has slipped up recently. After allowing 42 points last week, the team is looking to take control of Tulane’s inconsistent offensive attack. So far they’ve allowed 24.2 points per game this season.

This game will see plenty of big plays allowed by each team’s defenses. Expect Army to go back to their weekend grind of punishing the ball between the hashes with Steelman, Hassin and Brown. Meanwhile, Tulane will need to step it up this weekend when stopping the run, while being able to find some offense from their receiver Robottom.

Free Pick: Army +1.5

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