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Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane's Yulman Stadium

1. POSITIVE START

Tulane, which has lost 13 of its last 17 dating to the middle of 2013, could use an upset victory in the worst way in Thursday’s season opener. Incredibly, the last time the Green Wave won the first game it played against an FBS opponent was the perfect season of 1998.

2. TANNER TIME

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee threw six interceptions and was sacked eight times by Georgia Tech, Duke and Rutgers as a redshirt freshman. If he plays well — and that means avoiding All-ACC safety Jeremy Cash at all costs — the Wave’s talented running backs will have more room to run against a vulnerable defense.

3. ARUNA WATCH

Sophomore end Ade Aruna, who will start for the first time in his young career, was the most unblockable player on the team in preseason drills. Senior safety Darion Monroe said Tuesday he expects Aruna, a 6-foot-5, 241-pound pass-rusher, to wreak havoc on unsuspecting opponents this season, starting Thursday.

4. FINISH, FINISH, FINISH

That’s been the mantra for Tulane since the start of preseason drills. The Green Wave outplayed Georgia Tech for most of the first half of its Yulman Stadium debut last year before wilting. The plan is to play with the same intensity against Duke for all four quarters this time.