Tulane coach Willie Fritz of the Tulane looks on during second-quarter action against Florida International on Oct. 14 at FIU Stadium in Miami.

Advocate photo by GASTON DE CARDENAS

For the first time, Tulane will play a home game the same day as the Bayou Classic.

The American Athletic Conference released its football schedule on Tuesday, and the Green Wave's regular-season ends against Navy on Nov. 24 was a notable feature. Southern and Grambling are set to play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.

Since moving to on-campus Yulman Stadium from the Superdome, Tulane had either been off (2014), on the road (2016, 17) or played Friday (2015) on the weekend of the Bayou Classic. This year, they will go head to head.

The AAC also handed Tulane a Friday conference-opening home game against Memphis on Sept. 28 and a Thursday night road game at Houston on Nov. 15. The contest against the Tigers will take place six days after the Wave travels to Ohio State.

Tulane and Houston will have little time to prepare for their matchup, with both teams playing conference games the previous Saturday. Tulane faces East Carolina at Yulman Stadium for Homecoming on Nov. 3, while Houston plays Temple at home.

Rounding out the conference schedule are a trip to Cincinnati on Oct. 6, a home game against SMU on Oct. 20 and games at Tulsa (Oct. 27) and South Florida (Nov. 3).

In another first dating back to Tulane's affiliation with Conference USA, the Wave will have all four of its non-conference games before beginning league play. Tulane opens the season with two home contests for the first time since 2013, facing Wake Forest on Thursday. Aug. 30 and entertaining Nicholls on Sept. 8 before traveling to UAB on Sept. 15 and Ohio State on Sept. 22.

Other notables: 

  • The open date (Oct. 13) comes in the middle of the season, with six games before it and six games after it.
  • Eight of the Wave's opponents went to bowl games in 2017, and three finished in the Associated Press top 25 — No. 5 Ohio State, No. 21 South Florida and No. 25 Memphis.
  • The cumulative record of Tulane's opponents is 86-65 counting Nicholls' 8-4 mark in the FCS. The four non-conference foes combined to go 36-16, while the AAC teams went 50-49.

Tulane, which went 5-7 in coach Willie Fritz' second season, will be aiming for its first bowl bid since joining the AAC in 2014.

The time and television network for the first three games will be determined in June. The rest will be announced during the season, although ESPN will air the Houston game.

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