1. What We Learned
Tulane's negative past is starting to become just that — the past — as second-year coach Willie Fritz builds his program. Under previous coaches, the Green Wave were sure to lay an egg after a dramatic victory like it had against Army two weeks ago. Fritz's team hung seven touchdowns on Tulsa in seven first-half possessions. Historically, the Wave had no answer for the Golden Hurricane. This time, Tulane had every answer. Anyone who worried the Wave would not be able to handle being a favorite can worry no longer.
2. Trending Now
Legitmate bowl talk. Tulane has loftier goals, like winning the American Athletic Conference West Division, but that dream will be determined in back-to-back games against South Florida and Memphis later this month. The possibility of going bowling for the first time in four years is real right now. At 3-2 with games against Florida International and AAC bottom feeders Cincinnati and East Carolina left, bowl eligibility would not even require an upset. Tulane manhandled struggling Tulsa, and there's no reason to think the Wave cannot do the same down the road.
3. Final Thoughts
This is what a Willie Fritz team looked like. Clearly, Tulsa has internal issues and a young, inept defense that has lost any belief it can stop opponents, but when has Tulane been in a position to take full advantage in the past? The Wave almost rushed for 488 yards — a Fritz specialty and the school's highest total since 1944 against Clemson. Quarterback Jonathan Banks makes plays with his arm and his legs, a requirement in Fritz's offense. The defense has smart game plans every week, trying to take away what opponents do best. It should be fun going forward.