Point Train Thursday Preview
By – Brooks Brazeau
Houston favored by 8
Tulane at Houston:
The Green Wave of Tulane takes their three-game winning streak to the Lone Star state this Thursday night to take on the Cougars of Houston. With both teams sitting at 4-2 in conference play and in a three-way tie with SMU for the west division lead in the American Athletic Conference, this game promises to be a good one.
Tulane is having what some would consider a quite average season as the Green Wave sit at 5-5 overall. Coming into this weeks matchup the Green Wave ride a three-game win streak and in order to keep that going, they will need good quarterback play from LSU graduate transfer Justin McMillan. Since landing the starting job towards the end of October, McMillan has had okay starts against the likes of South Florida and Tulsa, with his breakout game against the Pirates of East Carolina this past weekend in which he completed 12 of 28 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns in the 24-18 win.
The Cougars enter this weeks matchup with Tulane without a win this month. The former 7-1 Cougars have fallen on tough times in the win column of late, dropping their last two to co-division leader SMU and Temple. In order for Houston to get back on the right track, they will need strong play from their whole offense. Tulane has a strong defense, holding opponents to under 18 points in each of their last three games. To counter the upstart defense of the Green Wave, the Cougars offense will need to keep up their average of 47.8 points per game. This all starts with the play of AAC passing yards leader D’Eriq King. King is ranked sixth in the nation in passer efficiency, and first in touchdowns with 35. The dual-threat quarterback for the Cougars has potential to put up video game numbers this week against a Tulane pass defense allowing 280.5 yards per game.