Last Updated Jul 19, 2022, 8:03 PM
2022 Tulane Green Wave Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions
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2022 TULANE GREEN WAVE BETTING ODDS, PREDICTIONS, PREVIEW
The 2021 season was a rough one for the Tulane Green Wave. Willie Fritz was expecting to break through with his best team since taking over the program after leading the Green Wave to three straight bowl appearances. Tulane got off to a great start by hanging tough with Oklahoma in its season opener and thrashing FCS Morgan State in its second game, but the Green Wave won just one game the rest of the season to finish 2-10.
Tulane was 0-5 in games decided by one possession, so the Green Wave are a popular bounce-back pick entering the 2022 campaign. They should be much better with eight returning starters on offense and seven returning starters on defense, so the oddsmakers have this program pegged to return to a bowl game.
Michael Pratt is in his third season as the starting quarterback for the Green Wave. He posted remarkably similar numbers in his first two seasons under center, and he could take a step forward this season in a new system. Pratt is a decent runner that has done a good job avoiding mistakes in the passing game, so this could be one of the better offenses in the AAC.
Running back Tyjae Spears was a Second Team All-AAC selection in 2021. Spears ran for 863 yards (6.7 YPC) and nine touchdowns last season, and he is expected to play more of a role in the passing game under new offensive coordinator Jim Svoboda. Four of the five starting offensive linemen from last year return, so this offense figures to show marked improvement after finishing 74th in Offensive SP+.
The Green Wave didn’t throw the ball much in 2021, but they have some talented receivers on the perimeter. Phat Watts, Duece Watts, and Shae Wyatt have all shown that they can get separation, and tight end Tyrick James is one of the top targets at his position in the AAC.
Tulane ranked 99th in Defensive SP+ last season. The Green Wave were decent against the run, but they allowed 8.2 YPA and ranked 118th in the nation in pass defense. They also allowed opponents to convert a whopping 78.6% of their fourth down conversions, keeping this unit on the field for an inordinate amount of time considering how much Tulane keeps the ball on the ground.
This defense has the potential to be much more disruptive than what we saw last season. Darius Hodges led the conference with 15.5 tackles for loss, and Nick Anderson is healthy again after his 2021 season was sidetracked by injury. Tulane also returns linebacker Dorian Williamswho led the conference in tackles in 2020.
The secondary must improve if Tulane is going to finish with a winning record. This was the worst unit on a bad team last season, but the Green Wave return three of their five starting defensive backs in this hybrid 4-2-5 scheme.
Tulane played a daunting non-conference schedule in 2021 with games against Oklahoma, Ole Miss, and UAB. Fortunately, the Green Wave play a more manageable slate in 2022 as a road game against Kansas State is the only game in which they will be underdogs. That should allow Tulane to get off to a hot start on its way to a winning season.
Best Bet: Over 6 Wins (-130)
2022 TULANE GREEN WAVE SCHEDULE
- Sat., Sept. 3 - vs. UMass
- Sat., Sept. 10 - vs. Alcorn State
- Sat., Sept. 17 - at Kansas State
- Sat., Sept. 24 - vs. Southern Miss
- Fri., Sept. 30 - at Houston
- Sat., Oct. 8 - vs. ECU
- Sat., Oct. 15 - at USF
- Sat., Oct. 22 - vs. Memphis
- Sat., Nov. 5 - at Tulsa
- Sat., Nov. 12 - vs. UCF
- Thu., Nov. 17 - vs. SMU
- Sat., Nov. 26 - at Cincinnati
WIN TOTAL ODDS
- Over 6 (-130)
- Under 6 (+110)
TULANE GREEN WAVE ODDS TO WIN AAC CHAMPIONSHIP
The Green Wave were on the wrong end of a lot of bad turnover luck last year. Although Pratt only threw eight interceptions, Tulane had an inordinate number of fumbles to finish with one of the worst turnover rates in the nation. A more experienced offensive line should help fix that issue, so the Green Wave could be in the mix until November. However, the schedule makers did this team no favors as Tulane faces the six toughest teams in the conference and doesn’t get the benefit of playing USF or Temple.
TULANE GREEN WAVE ODDS TO WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Shaun King led the Tulane Green Wave to a 12-0 record in 1998, but the program could only finish No. 7 in the final poll. That underscores the problems of competing for a national title as a G5, so don’t expect the Green Wave to sniff the CFP even if they run the table.
TULANE GREEN WAVE 2022 HEISMAN CONTENDERS & ODDS
The Tulane Green Wave do not have any Heisman contenders to begin the 2022 season.
2021 TULANE GREEN WAVE BETTING RESULTS
- SU: 2-10
- ATS: 6-6
- O/U: 7-5
- ATS-Home: 3-3
- ATS-Road: 3-3
- ATS-Favorite: 2-2
- ATS-Underdog: 4-4