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College Football Preview: Tulane vs Tulsa

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tulsaTULSA, Okla. – The Tulane Green Wave, out of the American Conference, finished 2013 at 7-6 with a 24-21 loss in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl to Louisiana and are set to face a road test to open 2014 at the Tulsa Golden Hurricane fresh off a disappointing 3-9 campaign that ended with a 42-10 loss at home to North Texas.

The Tulane offense will seem new with a duo freshmen in the backfield as Tanner Lee will be under center and Sherman Badie will be at running back. Lee will have a couple of targets familiar with the offense in wide outs Justyn Shackleford and Xavier Rush who were number two and three in receiving for the Green Wave last season. The line also has a lot of youth as well and could struggle to get things going out of the gate without skill position statistical leaders from 2013 returning.

However, the defense returns plenty of experience and depth and may be the strength of this team in the early going. Defensive end Royce LaFrance has 10 tackles for loss last season while senior safeties Sam Scofield and Darion Monroe were the units’ top two tacklers last season.

The Golden Hurricane will be working out a few kinks of its’ own on offense also with a new quarterback and running back tandem as sophomore Dane Evans will be running the offense with fellow sophomore James Flanders getting the bulk of the carries. The starting receiving core combined for 28 catches and 291 yards last season.

Junior linebacker Michael Mudoh hopes to anchor a defense that improves on last season’s 34 points allowed per game performance. The unit returns a lot of starters and experience which should result in a better on-the-field result. The defensive line and front seven should be a solid group in 2014.

Keys for Tulane Win

Tulane must impose its’ defensive will on Tulsa and for an experienced group into mistakes and turnovers. LaFrance needs to be a presence on the line. Lee has to keep the offense on schedule and avoid turnovers.

Keys For Tulsa Win

The Golden Hurricane defense must make stops. Evans must be effective in the passing game.

Key Injuries :

None

Favorite:

Latest Line, Tulsa -6.5

Conclusion:

This game will be a battle of young squads on offense taking on experienced defenses. The better defense on the day should take home the win.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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