1. WHAT WE LEARNED
Tulane has the playmakers to compete in the American Athletic Conference this year. Yes, UCF is in free fall, but quarterback Tanner Lee, wide receivers Teddy Veal and Devon Breaux and a gaggle of running backs give the Green Wave quick-strike potential. Veal scored on a 49-yard reception. Breaux’s pretty 40-yard catch set up the first touchdown, and fifth-string running back Josh Rounds broke off 46-yard gain. The Wave has seven plays of 39 yards or longer in the last two weeks.
2. TRENDING NOW
After disposing of winless UCF, Tulane faces four consecutive teams that have not lost yet for the rest of October. Yikes. First up is a trip to Temple (4-0), which knocked off Penn State to start the year. After that, the Wave has a home date with Houston (4-0), which won at Louisville earlier this year, a trip to Navy (4-0), which leads the nation in rushing, and a trip to reigning AAC co-champion Memphis (5-0). By November, we will know exactly where the Wave stands.
3. FINAL THOUGHTS
Curtis Johnson and his staff did a masterful job helping the team recover from blowout losses to Duke and Georgia Tech to start the season. Tulane could have gone in the tank, but the staff altered practice to add more competition between the offense and defense and kept the enthusiasm high. Whether the Wave is good enough to contend in the AAC remains to be seen, but it has developed an identity on both sides of the ball with its big-play offense and hard-hitting, turnover-forcing defense.