Sooners Return Home After Monumental Win In Columbus
WHO: Tulane Green Wave (1-1)
WHEN: Saturday, September 16th @ 5:00 PM CT
WHERE: Norman, Oklahoma
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SCOUTING Tulane: The Green Wave gave the Navy Midshipmen all they could handle a week ago. The 23-21 loss was a sign of hope that head coach Willie Fritz has the program heading in the right direction. Tulane holds a 10-26 record over the last three years, and the program has only gone to two bowl games since 2000–it’s safe to say that Fritz has his work cut out for him.
Unfortunately, they now head to Norman, Oklahoma to face one of the best teams in college football. Even worse, Tulane will be without starting quarterback Jonathan Banks. Banks was reportedly the best fit at quarterback in Fritz’ triple option offense this offseason. Johnathan Brantley will now be the guy with the reins of the Green Wave offense. The sophomore replaced Banks last week and showed he is a viable option in this offense. The offense is exactly what the old-school college football fans love. The only difference between Tulane’s offense and the wishbone is that the Green Wave stay in shotgun. Running backs Dontrell Hilliard and Sherman Badie carried the load last week against Navy with both averaging over 4 YPC. Hilliard is the premier back on the roster with just under 2000 rushing yards for his career, averaging 5.2 YPC.
With the Midshipmen using a wishbone offense, the Green Wave’s secondary has yet to be tested against a spread offense (Grambling State doesn’t count). Tulane returns four starters from a year ago in that secondary, including Parry Nickerson who was a second team AAC selection in 2016. The key for them will be to not become overwhelmed by the Sooners spread attack. The Oklahoma offense has shown it identifies the weakest link and stresses it. It is a must that Tulane plays a discipline game in the secondary for them to keep this game manageable. That secondary can get help from monstrous defensive end Ade Aruna. The 6’6′”, 270 LBS defensive end has already accumulated two sacks on the year. If he and the rest of the Tulane defensive line can find a way to get pressure, that may ease the concern in the secondary.
This is a game that everyone expects the Sooners to win. Can Tulane make things interesting? Absolutely. But Oklahoma can sense what this season has in store for them, and they say they have already moved on from Ohio State. If that is truly the case, it may get ugly for Tulane.