Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson and the Green Wave will play eight of their 12 games in state, including seven contests at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Jan. 26, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane first-year head football coach Curtis Johnson and his Green Wave team will play eight total games in the state of Louisiana, including seven contests at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and Tulane will face five teams that participated in bowl games last fall. These games, along with non-conference matchups against Ole Miss, Rutgers, highlight the 2012 Tulane Green Wave football schedule.
Johnson and company will face five 2011 bowl teams, including non-conference opponents Rutgers (New Era Pinstripe Bowl) and UL-Lafayette (R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl), as well as, three Conference USA rivals in Tulsa (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl), SMU (BBCA Compass Bowl) and Houston (Ticketcity Bowl). The five teams combined for a 4-1 bowl record.
The Green Wave will have the luxury of hosting seven home games this season with non-conference dates against Rutgers, Ole Miss and UL-Monroe and C-USA games against SMU, UAB, Rice and East Carolina.
"I love this schedule, especially with seven home games." Johnson said. "The bowl teams that we are playing are very good and with Rutgers as the opening game we'll know right away what kind of team we have. This is going to be an exciting season and we are going to be a competitive and fun team to watch."
The Curtis "CJ" Johnson era will begin on Saturday, Sept. 1 when the Green Wave takes the field for the first time under his direction at the Superdome against Big East Conference member Rutgers. Although Rutgers leads the series with a narrow, 3-2, advantage, the Green Wave came away with a stunning 17-14 road victory over the Scarlett Knights in the last meeting between the teams in 2010.
Tulane opens conference play the following week with a road match-up against C-USA rival Tulsa on Sept. 8. The two teams have met seven times since the Hurricane joined the league in 2005.
Tulane will have a bye the week of Sept 15 and returns home for a non-conference tilt on Sept. 22 against Ole Miss at the Superdome. These two former Southeastern Conference rivals last met at the `Dome during the 2010 campaign and the Rebels snuck away with a 27-13 victory.
The Green Wave remains home during the final Saturday of September when it hosts UL-Monroe on Sept. 29. Tulane leads the all-time series 2-0 and last faced the Warhawks in New Orleans during the 2008 season and posted a 24-10 victory.
Tulane stays with the Louisiana flavor during the opening weekend of October when it makes its lone non-conference road trip. The Wave makes the short journey to battle UL-Lafayette on Oct. 6 in what will be 26th contest between the schools, but the first since 2000 when the Wave won a 38-37 thriller at Cajun Field.
TU returns to league action when its hosts SMU at the Superdome on Oct. 13. The Tulane-SMU game will mark the 20th meeting between the schools. The following week, the Wave makes its longest trip of the regular season with a trek to UTEP for an Oct. 20 showdown with the Miners. Tulane won the last contest in El Paso with a 34-24 victory in 2010.
Tulane concludes the month of October against UAB in the Superdome on Oct. 27 and begins November with its second straight home game with a match-up against Rice on Nov. 3. Tulane registered a 49-10 win over the Blazers in 2011 and downed the Owls 54-49 in the last meeting between the two schools at the Superdome in 2010.
Tulane will play two of its final three contests of the regular season on the road, beginning with Memphis in the Bluff City on Nov. 10. Tulane will make its first appearance in Memphis since the 2008 campaign.
The Wave will honor its 2012 senior class prior to the final home game against East Carolina on Nov. 17 and then concludes the regular season on the road at Houston on Nov. 24. Tulane will host the Pirates for the first time since 2008 and will play its 18th game in the series against Houston.
Season tickets for the 2012 football season are now on sale through the Tulane Team Shop Ticket Office. All season ticket packages include all seven home games in the following areas: $210 for sideline, $110 for adult end-zone, $60 for youth end-zone and the family four pack (2 adult, 2 youth tickets) for $280.
All 2012 football season ticket holders will have priority access to purchase season tickets in the new Tulane Community Stadium. For information on how to help with the "Home Field Advantage" campaign, please visit www.tulanestadium.com.
For additional information or to order season tickets, please call the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE (9283), log onto the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com, or show up in person at the ticket office located inside the James W. Wilson Jr. Center on Ben Weiner Drive.
Game times, televised games and the 2012 homecoming opponent will be announced at a later date.
|Date||Opponent / Event||Location||Time / Result|
|09/01/12||vs. Rutgers||New Orleans, La.||TBA|
|09/08/12||at Tulsa *||Tulsa, Okla.||TBA|
|09/22/12||vs. Ole Miss||New Orleans, La.||TBA|
|09/29/12||vs. Louisiana-Monroe||New Orleans, La.||TBA|
|10/06/12||at Louisiana-Lafayette||Lafayette, La.||TBA|
|10/13/12||vs. SMU *||New Orleans, La.||TBA|
|10/20/12||at UTEP *||El Paso, Texas||TBA|
|10/27/12||vs. UAB *||New Orleans, La.||TBA|
|11/03/12||vs. Rice *||New Orleans, La.||TBA|
|11/10/12||at Memphis *||Memphis, Tenn.||TBA|
|11/17/12||vs. East Carolina *||New Orleans, La.||TBA|
|11/24/12||at Houston *||Houston, Texas||TBA|