THU 8/30 | 8:00 PM EDT | ROSS-ADE STADIUM
Like Dave Doeren at NC State, Dave Clawson has built this Demon Deacons team steadily upward over his time at the helm. The roster this season is all-around solid, but replacing departed QB John Wolford (29 TDs, 6 INTs last year) will be a massive challenge one made harder by presumed starter Kendall Hinton’s three-game season-opening suspension. If he’s named starter when he returns, he’ll need to find a rhythm quickly: The Deacons’ fourth game is against Notre Dame.
- Over is 4-0 in Demon Deacons last 4 road games.
- Over is 5-1 in Demon Deacons last 6 non-conference games.
- Demon Deacons are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games on fieldturf.
Dual-threat quarterback Jonathan Banks was unstoppable as a runner at times last year, but he’ll need to find a way to be more consistent throwing the ball if Tulane is going to avoid finishing at the bottom of the conference standings. The good news for him is that he’s one of 10 offensive starters returning, so there will be some talent or at least experience to get the ball to. The Green Wave’s defense is going to make things difficult, though. The unit allowed far too many big plays last season, and things don’t project to be much better this year.
- Green Wave are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. ACC.
- Green Wave are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Under is 4-1 in Green Wave last 5 Thursday games.
Wake Forest scored over 35 points per game last season, but it’s replacing QB John Wolford this year. It’s also playing an offense in Tulane that runs an option attack, and option attacks love to suck up some clock. Also, an option offense might be easier to slow down when you’ve had weeks to prepare for it like Wake has. So in a battle between one team with a new QB, and a team with an option offense, in the first game of the season, give me the Under.
Prediction: UNDER 56