1 Coming off its first winning record in 11 years, Tulane still has plenty of history to overcome in its first American Athletic Conference game. The Green Wave lost by 28 points or more in all four of its visits to Tulsa in Conference USA. Also, the Wave has not won a game outside of Louisiana since Sept. 17, 2011 vs. UAB, dropping 15 in a row since then.
2 Tulane coach Curtis Johnson preached a conservative game plan at his Tuesday media luncheon, saying the Green Wave would rely on its running backs against Tulsa while allowing Tanner Lee to get comfortable in his first college game. Maybe. Lee can make all the throws, and it’s not like redshirt freshmen always struggle. The past two Heisman winners — Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston — were redshirt freshman QBs.
3 Devon Walker is returning to the site of his horrific injury two years ago when he was paralyzed from the neck down in a collision with teammate Julius Warmsley just before halftime. The emotion of playing for Walker will give the Wave a ton of incentive against Tulsa. Safety Darion Monroe said the players would wear Walker’s No. 18 underneath their jerseys.
4 A year after holding Tulsa to seven points in a 14-7 victory, Tulane has to replace six of its top nine tacklers and leading sacker Jordan Batiste. The defense, led by All-American candidate cornerback Lorenzo Doss, is more talented than last season but less experienced.