Already set to open the Willie Fritz era on a Thursday at Wake Forest, the Tulane football team will play two more weeknight games this fall, marking the second consecutive season it has three dates away from Saturday.
The American Athletic Conference released its full schedule Tuesday, and the Green Wave will face Central Florida and Memphis on back-to-back Fridays in October, traveling to Orlando on Oct. 7 before hosting the Tigers on Oct. 14.
Last season, all three weekday games were at Yulman Stadium. This time, two are on the road.
Tulane opens league play with a game against defending East Division champion Navy on Sept. 17 at Yulman Stadium. The Wave finishes with five conference matchups, heading to Tulsa on Oct. 22, hosting SMU on Oct. 29, playing at defending champion Houston on Nov. 12, entertaining Temple on Nov. 19 and playing at Connecticut for the first time in a potential cold-weather game Nov. 26.
The average high temperature in November for Storrs, Connecticut, is 50 degrees, and the average low is 35, according to Weather.com. The average low drops to 24 in December, which will be only five days away.
Tulane’s nonconference schedule starts with Wake Forest on Sept. 1, followed by home games against Southern on Sept. 10 and Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 24 and a trip to Massachusetts on Oct. 1. That game, which replaced a contest against Mississippi State that former Athletic Director Rick Dickson canceled in May, will be at Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots.
The kickoff time has not been determined for any of Tulane’s games. The start for the first three will be announced in June, with the remaining contests set 12 or six days in advance because of television.
CBS Sports Network will air the Navy game, with ESPNU showing the Memphis contest and either ESPNU or ESPN2 televising the Central Florida matchup.
Tulane’s only open date comes the weekend of Nov. 5.
The first half of the schedule appears fairly comfortable, with Navy the only returning bowl team and the other four FBS opponents combining for a 10-38 record in 2015. Southern went 6-5, but Tulane never has lost to an FCS opponent.
The second half should be tougher, featuring five bowl teams and a combined record of 46-33.
Tulane football schedule
Sept. 1 — at Wake Forest
Sept. 10 — Southern
Sept. 17 — Navy* (CBSSN)
Sept. 24 — UL-Lafayette
Oct. 1 — at UMass
Oct. 7 — at Central Florida* (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Oct. 14 — Memphis* (ESPNU)
Oct. 22 — at Tulsa*
Oct. 29 — SMU*
Nov. 12 — at Houston*
Nov. 19 — Temple*
Nov. 26 — at UConn*
* American Athletic Conference game