Tulane football fans can finally set their calendars.
The Green Wave released its full 2015 schedule Thursday afternoon, along with the rest of the American Athletic Conference. While the opponents were already known, the dates had not been set.
Two weeknight games highlight the schedule, including a Thursday night season opener against Duke (airing on CBS Sports Network) on Aug. 30 and a Friday night game with Houston (airing on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU) on Oct. 16.
Those are two of seven games Tulane will play against bowl-eligible teams from a year ago — all of which appear of in the first eight weeks of the season. Only a home game against FCS opponent Maine on Sept. 19 buffers the Green Wave from a stretch of postseason-quality competition in September and October.
It’s highlighted by a trip to face the to reigning Orange Bowl champion, Georgia Tech, on Sept. 12 in Atlanta.
Over that rugged eight-game span, Tulane will interchange home and road games until the end of October, when they make consecutive trips to conference foes Navy and Memphis.
However, the schedule lightens considerably toward the end.
In its final four weeks, Tulane hosts UConn (Nov. 7) before travelling to Army (Nov. 14) and SMU (Nov. 21), then finishes the season at home against Tulsa (Nov. 28) on Thanksgiving weekend. Those four opponents combined on a 9-39 record in 2014, and were outscored by an average of 228-430 (35.8-19.0 per game).
Tulane has not won more than one game in November since 2007 and hasn’t won more than two since 2004. The last time it swept its final four games of the season was en route to a perfect record in 1998.
The Tulsa matchup Nov. 28 will also be the first time on record that Tulane has hosted a home game the same day as the Bayou Classic. The annual matchup between Southern and Grambling (played in New Orleans since 1974) typically kicked Tulane out of the Superdome during the Green Wave’s 38-year stay in the building.
However, Tulane’s move back on campus and into Yulman Stadium last year allowed it to finish the regular season at home for the first time since a 55-7 loss to Louisville on Dec. 7, 2004.
The addition of a conference championship game for the 12-member American also squeezes the schedule a bit. After getting three open weeks last year, the Green Wave is only idle once in 2015.
Tulane will be off Sept. 26, the week before conference play begins.
2015 Tulane Green Wave
Date Opponent Site Time
Sept. 3 (Thurs.) Duke (CBSSN) Yulman Stadium TBA
Sept. 12 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. TBA
Sept. 19 Maine Yulman Stadium TBA
Sept. 26 Bye Week
Oct. 3 UCF* Yulman Stadium TBA
Oct. 10 at Temple* Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
Oct. 16 (Fri.) Houston* (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU) Yulman Stadium TBA
Oct. 24 at Navy* (CBSSN) Annapolis, Md. 12 p.m.
Oct. 31 at Memphis* Memphis, Tenn. TBA
Nov. 7 UConn* Yulman Stadium TBA
Nov. 14 at Army (CBSSN) West Point, N.Y. TBA
Nov. 21 at SMU* Dallas, Texas TBA
Nov. 28 Tulsa* Yulman Stadium TBA
Dec. 5 American Champ. Game (ABC/ESPN) TBA TBA
All Times Central
Bold denotes home games
*American Athletic Conference game
CBSSN: CBS Sports Network