Ten Points on Tulane vs. Rutgers

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Matt Coleman

1. Green Wave defense is tied No. 11 in the nation with 10 forced turnovers, but has converted 4 turnovers for 28 points.

2. Opponents have tallied 104 points off turnovers alone, while Tulane has scored 100 points overall this season.

3. The Wave have scored 77 of its 100 points in the first half, outscoring opponents 77-60.

4. Since head coach Curtis Johnson took over in 2012, Tulane has a 0-12 record when trailing after the first quarter. The Green Wave have a 10-1 record when leading after three quarters.

5. Opponents have outscored the Wave 83-23 in the second half and overtime this season.

6. Rutgers has been outscored 62-34 in the second half.

7. The Scarlett Knights’ defense is tied for No. 3 in the country with 17 sacks.

8. Mirror images: Rutgers has gained 710 rushing yards and 912 passing yards this season. Almost identically, Tulane also has rushed for 703 yards and passes for 891 yards this season.

9. Mirror images: Rutgers running backs Paul James and Desmon Peoples have 363 and 205 rushing yards this year, respectively. Similarly, Tulane backs Sherman Badie and Lazedrick Thompson have 349 and 194 rushing yards, respectively.

10. Rutgers has scored on 13 of its 14 chances in the red zone, but has allowed opposing teams to score on 15 of their 19 chances. 

Prediction: 27-17 Rutgers