Houston (6-3, 4-2 AAC) is coming off a bye week, while Tulane (4-6, 2-4) earned a hard-fought overtime victory over East Carolina. Green Wave running back Dontrell Hilliard ran for a career-high 189 yards and quarterback Jonathan Banks threw for the game-winning touchdown for the Green Wave.
Banks and Hilliard are the two biggest cogs that make this Green Wave offense go. Houston will hope to rebound after allowing 468 yards through the air to ECU last weekend.
On the other side of the ball for Houston, quarterback D’Eriq King and the Coogs offense will look to continue their dominance over opposing teams’ defenses. King threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns against ECU last weekend and faces a team Saturday that allows around 210 yards through the air per game.
Tulane will surely be King’s toughest test since the dual-threat quarterback was inserted into the position a few games back.
My prediction for this game is that this will be a good one. I think Tulane’s record doesn’t speak to how good they can be. Some would say that this could be a trap game for the Coogs since they became bowl eligible after their win over East Carolina. D’Eriq King will have another great game. I’m predicting 300+ yards and two touchdowns for King.
I am counting on the running game for Houston to have a great day. Duke Catalon will end the game with over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Tulane, on the other hand, will have a solid day on offense. Hilliard will have trouble on the ground, but Jonathan Banks will have a field day through the air.
Banks will throw for 300+ and three touchdowns. Houston will take this one by a score of 42-28.