1. Streak snapping
Several streaks are in jeopardy. Southeastern Louisiana has won its past seven games against in-state competition but has never won a game against an FBS foe since the school restarted its football program in 2003 (0-18). Meanwhile, Tulane has never lost to an FCS opponent in 12 previous games and has beaten SLU in all six previous matchups in a series that began in 1949.
2. Lingering Lee
Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee took a hit to the chin during the third quarter of a 38-21 loss to Georgia Tech last Saturday. Since then, Lee’s availability has been uncertain. He was held out of practice entirely Tuesday and had a limited role on Wednesday before returning Thursday. Lee is expected to play, but if he can’t go, the Green Wave will turn to Devin Powell, who won both of his starts last year but struggled overall, completing 54 percent of his passes and throwing five touchdowns and five interceptions.
3. Bennett bursts
Meanwhile, SLU isn’t concerned about its quarterback. Bryan Bennett, a former Oregon transfer, has accounted for six TDs as he racked up 535 yards passing and another 163 rushing, helping the Lions roll to a 2-0 start (combined score 85-17). Bennett, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior finished eighth in last year’s Walter Payton Award voting — the FCS’s version of the Heisman Trophy — and was the Southland Conference’s Player of the Year. This game is important for Bennett’s pro aspirations, because it’s the Lions’ only game against an FBS foe.
4. Stadium sounds
The debut of Yulman Stadium drew Tulane fans and alumni from across the country for last weekend’s game. How many of them will return? A 7 p.m. kickoff will surely help alleviate many of the heat-related issues fans suffered in the sweltering opener, but will that be enough to fill the seats? Coach Curtis Johnson said Tulane had less than 1,000 tickets remaining, even though SLU returned some of their allotment to the Green Wave.