Head-to-head: Army vs. Tulane

Next up for Army is Tulane on Saturday at Michie Stadium (noon EST). The Black Knights will be trying to get their record back above .500. ArmySports.com compares different critical team areas of Army and Tulane and indicates which team has the edge.

ARMY
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Tulane
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COMMENTS
 
Army rushing offense
vs.
Tulane rushing defense
 
This game pits the nation's No. 114 rushing defense (Tulane, 219.7 ypg) against the No. 9 rushing offense (Army, 239 ypg). Junior Patrick Mealy is Army's leading rusher with 290 yards. Several of his runs have been very long. Tulane senior middle linebacker David Kirksey is the Green Wave's top run stopper. He has 21 tackles so far this season.  
EVEN  
Army passing offense
vs.
Tulane passing defense
EVEN  
The fact is the Black Knights haven't passed much this season. Army's dead last in the FBS in passing with just 79 yards per game gained on average. Army 6-foot-10 receiver Ali Villanueva has now caught a touchdown pass in three straight games. Tulane has a poor passing defense (97th) and allows over 250 yards through the air. Senior Green Wave safety Chinonso Echebelem leads Tulane in tackles with 9.67 per game. He has the Green Wave's lone interception this year.  
 
Tulane rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
 
Tulane's rushing offense has struggled this season and averages less than 100 yards per game. Green Wave tailback Andre Anderson has rushed for over 1,000 yards during his career. So far in 2009 he has 284 rushing yards with 199 of those yards came against FCS opponent McNeese State last week. Army's rushing defense is respectable and has only allowed about 108 yards per game. Linebacker Stephen Anderson leads the Black Knights with 34 tackles.  
EVEN  
Tulane passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
EVEN  
Tulane has a formidable passing attack averaging 224 yards per game. Against McNeese State last week, quarterback Joe Kemp was 10-of-13 passing for 222 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Jeremy Williams leads Tulane in receiving yards with 417 on 20 receptions. Army is allowing about 195 yards a game through the air. Defensive linemen Josh McNary and Victor Ugenyi have 8 combined sacks. Free safety Donovan Travis has 3 interceptions this season.  
EVEN
Special Teams
EVEN  
Tulane senior Ross Thevenot has booted 3-of-4 field goal attempts through the uprights this season. Punter Ross Thevenot has averaged 37.7 yards on 11 punts so far this season. Army's Alex Carlton is a solid kicker and has made 5 of 6 field goals so far this season. Jonathan Bulls has 20 punts for a 40.3 yard average. Army has as 35 yard to 28 yard advantage over the Green Wave in net punting.  
EVEN  
Coaching
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This game features two veteran, successful head coaches. Tulane head coach Bob Toledo has a 7-20 mark at Tulane and a career record of 85-88 in 16 years as a Division I head coach. Army's Rich Ellerson's is in his 10th overall year as a head coach and has a record of 62-43 (2-2 at West Point).  
EVEN  
Intangibles
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Army routed Tulane last year in New Orleans last year, 44-13, to pick up their first win of the 2008 season. The Cadets get the Green Wave at Michie Stadium which should give them an advantage. Tulane's defensive statistics may be deceiving as they've played three high powered offenses to start the season in BYU, Tulsa and McNeese State.  


PREDICTION: Army 24 Tulane 20

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