After years of waiting, Tulane fans can start mapping out fall calendars for college football in Uptown New Orleans.
The Green Wave released its full schedule on Tuesday morning for the program’s inaugural season in the brand new Yulman Stadium, which features its six home games to be played on campus for the first time since 1974.
After 16 years in Conference USA, 2014 also marks the school’s transition into the American Athletic Conference, which gets underway in the season opener on Aug. 30 at Tulsa. From there, Tulane will face seven teams who appeared in bowl games a year ago – Georgia Tech, Duke, Rutgers, Central Florida, East Carolina and Cincinnati - a significant increase over the three postseason teams on its 2013 schedule.
"This is a very demanding and challenging schedule, but one we will be prepared to play," Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said. "I am looking forward to stepping foot in our new stadium on Sept. 6 and cannot wait to start league play. This is going to be a fantastic league with great teams and will quickly be considered one of the best in the country."
The Green Wave, fresh off of its first bowl appearance since 2002, will not play consecutive home or road contests throughout the final eight games of the season and is scheduled to host a season finale (against Temple) for the first time since 2004. It also has the advantage of containing three bye weeks, with open Saturdays on Oct. 4, Oct. 25 and Nov. 29.
The Oct. 25 bye is particularly useful as it breaks up a three-game stretch against the league’s best teams, coming between a road date at Central Florida and consecutive games against Cincinnati and at Houston.
The most notable scheduling quirk is Tulane’s home game against Cincinnati on Friday, Oct. 31. The Halloween night game will be broadcast by either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
In fact, all 12 of Tulane’s games should be available to a nationwide audience, whether through television or the streaming services of ESPN3.com thanks to the AAC’s partnership with the network. Kickoff times and television designations for the first three weeks of the season will be made final in June, while the rest of the schedule will fall under the 12-day and six-day selection processes.
Premium tickets in the Glazer Family Club and Westfeldt Terrace at Yulman Stadium are currently available for purchase, but require an annual donation of at least $1,500 per seat to the Tulane Athletics Fund. Tulane said it will be releasing renewal information to returning season ticket holders in all sections during the first week of April.
Aug. 30 at Tulsa* Tulsa, Okla. TBA
Sept. 6 Georgia Tech Yulman Stadium TBA
Sept. 13 Southeastern Louisiana Yulman Stadium TBA
Sept. 20 at Duke Durham, N.C. TBA
Sept. 27 at Rutgers Piscataway, N.J. TBA
Oct. 4 Bye
Oct. 11 Connecticut* Yulman Stadium TBA
Oct. 18 at UCF* Orlando, Fla. TBA
Oct. 25 Bye
Oct. 31 (Friday) Cincinnati* (ESPN2/ESPNU) Yulman Stadium TBA
Nov. 8 at Houston* Houston, Texas TBA
Nov. 15 Memphis* Yulman Stadium TBA
Nov. 22 at East Carolina* Greenville, N.C. TBA
Nov. 29 Bye
Dec. 6 Temple* Yulman Stadium TBA
Bold denotes home games
*American Athletic Conference game