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#383 UAB vs.
#384 Tulane
Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 8:00pm EDT
Written by Jordy

The Tulane Green Wave hope to make the most of playing an unranked opponent in Saturday’s clash with the UAB Blazers. After rolling over Morgan State, the Green Wave looked like a deer in the headlights of a speeding locomotive carrying the unbeaten Ole Miss Rebels. They got dismantled in a 61-21 loss on the road. UAB, on the other hand, took care of business in a 40-6 blowout victory over North Texas.

No turnovers for Hopkins

As long as Dylan Hopkins doesn’t turn the ball over, he’s going to give himself a chance to get on the field more often. Tyler Johnston III went 6-of-14 passing for only 39 yards and three interceptions against the Georgia Bulldogs.

But then again, Georgia just might have the best defense in the country.

So it’ll be interesting to see if Hopkins continues to lead the snap count against Tulane on Saturday. The Green Wave look to be the more versatile offensive team. They’re averaging 177 rushing yards within an offense that has thrown nine touchdown passes this season.

But they’re also an offense that has a bad case of fumble-itis. So it’ll fall on the Blazers to take advantage of that sickness and come away with some takeaways to keep their team in good field position.

UAB has actually done a great job at stopping the run, but they still aren’t generating enough pressure up front against opposing quarterbacks. They don’t want this to be a situation where Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt has a clean pocket. There needs to be some chaos in the backfield of this game.

Things settle down for Tulane

The UAB Blazers are more than capable of winning this game, but they are no Ole Miss Rebels or Oklahoma Sooners. Some of the crippling defensive numbers for the Green Wave isn’t even fair to compare considering they’ve run into ranked opposition at least twice this season, and both of those teams are ranked top-25 in the nation in total offense.

So they didn’t really have a chance defensively.

They’ll be facing a Blazers team with a bit of uncertainty going on right now at the quarterback position between Dylan Hopkins and Tyler Johnston III. The Green Wave are hoping to do a better job of pushing the pocket against a UAB offensive line allowing an average two sacks per game. Hopkins didn’t have to face the vaunted Georgia defense, and this is an opportunity for the Green Wave to really rattle the junior and put the Blazers on their heels.

Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt has faced some talented football teams already this season, and he has yet to throw an interception. The Green Wave have to stay disciplined with avoiding costly interceptions and tighten the looseness with the fumbles to keep the game in their favor. Turning the ball over is a quick way to get beat at this level.

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Tulane was put in an impossible position with meetings against Ole Miss and Oklahoma within the first three weeks of the season. Oklahoma has the 24th-ranked offense in the country, while Ole Miss sits at the top at No. 1 with an average 638.3 total yards per game. So no, I’m not judging that defense for those performances.

UAB isn’t one of the most explosive offenses in the country. So doing so for this particular matchup doesn’t make much sense. However, the Green Wave does deserve respect for at least putting points on the board against those teams. That’s something that’ll serve them well in Saturday’s game against the Blazers.

Michael Pratt has done a tremendous job of not throwing interceptions. I’m expecting him to continue to find success through the air against UAB, but the team as a whole will do a better job of limiting the turnovers from fumbles. Both teams have struggled with penalties, but the Blazers are leading even Tulane when comes to the number of self-inflicted wounds. Being on the road will only lead to more mistakes for UAB.

I’m laying the points and taking the Green Wave.

Prediction: Tulane Green Wave (-3.5)

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This is the same Tulane offense that came out swinging against both Ole Miss and Oklahoma in games they clearly didn’t have much of a chance of winning. I’m expecting a similar effort on Saturday with their game against UAB being at home. Georgia isn’t making big waves offensively, and they still managed to hang 56 points on the Blazers defense. Granted, the Green Wave are allowing an average 40.3 points per game as well. So this tilt should turn into a bit of a high-scoring affair. It has been the case for all of Tulane’s games this season. Give me the over in this one.

Prediction: Over (55)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast, and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY, and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys, and all the Sun Drop you can drink.