Free College Football Picks Today: Cotton Bowl 2023

Free College Football Picks Today: Cotton Bowl 2023
Mon 2nd January 2023

The No. 14 Tulane University Green Wave (11-2, 5-0 Away) travel to face the No. 8 University of Southern California Trojans (11-2, 7-1 Home) at AT&T Stadium on Monday.

The Trojans are two-point favorites, and the total is 63.Tulane is coming off a convincing 45-28 win over No. 22 UCF at Benson Field at Yulman Stadium on December 3, their third consecutive victory.

Michael Pratt was 20 of 33 for 394 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Tyjae Spears ran 22 times for 199 yards and a touchdown. Duece Watts caught three passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.

USC lost 47-24 to No. 12 Utah at Allegiant Stadium on December 2. Caleb Williams threw for 363 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Austin Jones carried 15 times for 35 yards and added four catches for 40 yards. Tahj Washington scored once. He hauled in six receptions for 93 yards.


The Green Wave are averaging 35.2 points per game for the season, 22nd in FBS, and they are facing a Trojans defense that has surrendered 27.9 PPG (82nd). Meanwhile, USC has scored 41.1 points a game this season, fifth in the nation, and Tulane is allowing 20.5 PPG (25th).

The Green Wave rank 58th in the nation in passing yards per game (236.9) and 31st in rushing (197.1). The best opportunities are likely to come through the air, as the Trojans are 114th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (266.5).

Against the run, USC is 65th (148.6).USC has been one of the country’s top passing teams, averaging 325.7 passing yards per game (5th), while ranking 50th in rushing yards (174.2). Tulane’s defense has been equally impressive through the air, as the Green Wave are 20th in the country in passing yards allowed per game (188.5). Against the run, the Green Wave are 74th (153.9).


Through 12 games, Michael Pratt has thrown for 25 touchdowns (5 INT) and 231.3 yards per game to lead Tulane in passing. In four games away from home this season, he has six TDs (3 INT) and an average of 198.0 yards passing. Tyjae Spears leads the team in rushing with an average of 105.8 yards a game over 13 games.

He has 15 touchdowns on the ground and four through the air. Shae Wyatt is the Green Wave’s leading receiver with 53.2 yards a game and seven TDs. Caleb Williams has 37 passing touchdowns (4 INT) with 313.5 yards per game through 13 games to lead USC.

Travis Dye has been the team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 88.4 yards a game through 10 games. He has nine touchdowns. Jordan Addison has been a key target in the Trojans’ aerial attack. He has eight touchdowns and a 79.5 yard per game average through 11 appearances.


Tulane is undefeated on the road this season.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

USC (-120)

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