On a Tuesday afternoon during the holidays you too can watch the 6-2 Nevada Wolfpack take on the red-hot 6-5 Tulane Green Wave in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. And what are they famous for? Playing in freezing weather on a blue field!
Tulane started the season a bit slow, but the Greenies have been on fire in recent weeks. Their only loss over the last five games played was in overtime to No. 25 Tulsa. The Wave have been taking care of opponents with relative ease, and the emergence of true freshman QB Michael Pratt has been huge for the offense. While the team is run-first, he makes teams protect against the pass, something that wasn’t a massive concern before they made the switch under center. He had a career-high 254 passing yards in their last game, a win over Memphis and is getting better each week. This will be a good test for the young signal caller, as the Nevada defense allows under 250 yards passing to every opponent and only 23 points per game.
Nevada hasn’t played as tough of a schedule as the Green Wave, but they’ve still been impressive. The concern is their two losses have come in recent games, while Tulane has been hitting its stride. Wolfpack QB Carson Strong has had a fantastic season, throwing for 22 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. He also averages close to 400 yards through the air each game, so if he really has a good day, he could hit 3,000 yards on the abbreviated season. That’s not a crazy thought either, as Tulane’s D already allows opposing QBs to throw for close to 300 yards each game.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Nevada vs. Tulane in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday, December 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. You can stream it via WatchESPN or the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Nevada vs Tulane (-2.5)
Point Total: 57.5
Money line: Nevada (+107), Tulane (-130)
Tulane -2.5: (39% of action, 63% of bets)
Nevada +2.5: (61% of action, 37% of bets)
- Tulane has been a reliable bet this season, going 6-1 ATS in their last seven games
- Being a run-first, grind it out team, its unsurprising that the point total has gone under in all but one of the Green Wave’s last five games
- The Wolfpack are a very different offense, but with similar results, hitting the under five times in their last seven games
- Nevada is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games
The Best Bet
Tulane comes into the game on an extremely hot streak, while Nevada is in a bit of a rough patch. Given the emergence of Pratt and the passing game for the Wave, they should win by more than one score.
Pick: Tulane -2.5
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