Preview: Ten Points on Tulane vs. Houston

Matt Coleman, Staff Reporter

1. Tulane is 0-4 on the road and 0-4 in day games this season. This week’s game is scheduled in Houston at 2:30 p.m.

2. Both of the Wave’s wins this year have followed back-to-back losses. Tulane has, again, lost back-to-back games heading into this matchup.

3. Houston’s defense is No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in the American Athletic Conference in points allowed per game, giving up an average of 16.0 points per game. The four teams ahead of Houston are all in the Top 25 in the most recent College Football Playoff Rankings.

4. Houston is also No. 4 in the FBS in interceptions forced with 15. Five players on the team have at least a pair of picks.

5. Seven of the team’s 15 interceptions have come during its current 3-game win streak.

6. Senior linebacker Efrem Oliphant leads Houston in tackles with 83, which are 23 more than any Tulane player. Oliphant also has 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery.

7. The Cougars average more points than its opponents in every quarter this season, particularly in the second half, where it has outscored opponents 118-46.

8. Both Tulane and Houston have nearly identical run games. Tulane running backs Sherman Badie and Lazedrick Thompson have 595 and 400 rushing yards, respectively. Cougar running backs Kenneth Farrow and Ryan Jackson lead the running attack with 549 and 400 yards, respectively.

9. The Wave has rushed for over 120 yards in all but one game this season. Similarly, there has only been one game where the team did not have a rushing touchdown.

10. Houston has allowed one rushing touchdown since September.

Prediction: 17-10 Houston