Tulane battles its second Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in less than a month, traveling to Durham, North Carolina, to face Duke. In its first ACC matchup against Georgia Tech, the Green Wave saw a 21-14 second quarter lead turn into a 38-21 loss in Yulman Stadium’s debut on Sept. 6. Tulane has not beaten an ACC foe since knocking off Wake Forest 35-9 on Sept. 9, 1995, and hasn’t won in an ACC stadium since it beat the Yellow Jackets 31-14 in 1980.



Redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Lee has already proven he has the arm to produce points, but coach Curtis Johnson said he’s more concerned if he has the patience to avoid helping opposing defenses score themselves. Lee’s eight touchdown passes top the American Athletic Conference, but so do his six interceptions. While Lee said being aggressive is part of what makes him successful, Johnson has stressed limiting turnovers and risk management in his throws.


Errors are particularly damaging against the Blue Devils because they rarely hurt themselves. Duke is the only team in the country to play three games without committing a turnover this season, while continuing to churn offensively, averaging 42.3 points per game. It’s also surrendered just two sacks and six tackles for loss while getting whistled for just 13 penalties. Meanwhile, the Green Wave ranks 123rd nationally in penalty yards allowed, giving up 280 on 31 flags.


Duke freshman running back Shaun Wilson has already made a splash, less than a month into his career. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder possesses a quick burst through the line and blazing speed in the open field. He set the Duke single-game rushing record last week, piling up 245 yards in the Blue Devils 41-3 win over Kansas. He scored touchdowns from 69, 68 and 45 yards out, highlighting the fourth-best performance by a freshman in ACC history.

Scott Kushner