In 2012 the Tulsa Golden Hurricane went 11-3 on the year, won the Conf USA Title and had a Liberty Bowl win. Last year it all came crashing down as they went just 3-9 during their final year of Conf USA play. This year they have a shot at getting back to bowl eligibility, but only if their offense wakes up. Schedule & Prediction below.
Tulsa is a team that is used to putting up big offensive numbers, but last year this team was able to put up just 21.8 ppg. This year they lose QB Cody Green and have just 5 starters back overall on the offensive side of the ball. Dane Evans got some experience last year at QB and looks to have the job for this year, even though he did struggle a year ago. Tulsa will also lose their top 2 RB’s and top WR from a year ago as well. The RB position should be filled by JC transfer Tavarreon Dickerson, but the WR corps is thin with just 1 player back that caught more than 12 passes last year. The OL is deep and experienced and will clearly be the strength of this unit. Last year the defense retuned just 2 starters and they struggled, allowing 33.9. ppg on the year. This year they have 10 starters back so they should be a much improved group. This defense will be led by an outstanding secondary, which includes Demarco Nelson, who sat out last year and SS Michael Mudoh, who was the team’s leading tackler last year with 133. The DL struggled vs the run last year, allowing 4.6 ypg, but will be much stronger this time around, while the LB corps will be a bit thin.
Tulsa took a major step back last year as they went from 11 to 3 wins, but I don’t expect this team to stay down for too long. This team is improved on both sides of the ball, especially a defense that has 10 starters and 26 of 30 lettermen back. The schedule sets up nicely for them to at least double last year’s win total of 3. KEY TREND: Tulsa is 8-0 ATS the week after playing SMU.
2014 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football Schedule
Thu, Aug 28th, 2014 Tulane
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 Oklahoma
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014 at Florida Atlantic
Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 Texas State
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 at Colorado State
Sat, Oct 11th, 2014 at Temple
Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 South. Florida
Fri, Oct 31st, 2014 at Memphis
Sat, Nov 8th, 2014 SMU
Fri, Nov 14th, 2014 at UCF
Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 at Houston
Fri, Nov 28th, 2014 East Carolina
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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