Feb. 10, 2011
New Orleans - The 2011 Tulane football schedule will feature a 13-week slate with five non-conference opponents, including notable games against Syracuse, Duke, Army and Hawai'i, six home contests in the Louisiana Superdome and dates against seven teams that played in bowl games a year ago. These games highlight the 2011 schedule announced today by Tulane's Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.
The Green Wave will play non-conference opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East Conference, the Western Athletic Conference and one independent. Tulane will face off against seven bowl teams, including Army (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl), East Carolina (Military Bowl), Hawai'i (Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl), SMU (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl), Syracuse (New Era Pinstripe Bowl), Tulsa (Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl) and UTEP (New Mexico Bowl).
The Wave will face three of the seven bowl teams at home and the remaining four on the road. TU will trek to the East Coast three times this season and play in three different time zones.
"This is going to be a very challenging schedule for us, but I believe we will be competitive against every team we face," Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. "We will play 13 games this season, so we will need to win at least seven games to go to a bowl, but I expect to win more than just seven games and play in a bowl game."
"The challenges will come from playing 13 straight games without a bye, facing seven 2010 bowl teams, and playing seven games away from home. But, I am looking forward to this season because I really like the team we have coming back and I believe this is a bowl year for our program and our great fans."
Tulane begins the year at home for the third straight season when Southeastern Louisiana visits the Superdome on Sept. 3. The contest will be the sixth overall meeting and will mark the second consecutive year the two teams have faced each other in the season opener.
The Green Wave remains at home during the second week of the season and opens Conference USA play against Tulsa on Sept. 10. Tulane and the Golden Hurricane will meet for the eighth time and for the seventh straight season as Conference USA rivals. The two teams first met in 1968.
TU hits the road for the first time and opens a three-game swing against C-USA rival UAB on Sept. 17 in Birmingham, Ala. Following a two-year hiatus, the Wave and the Blazers will meet for eighth time since the first meeting in 1999 but for the first time since 2008.
Tulane remains on the road for a pair of back-to-back non-conference games at Duke and a familiar opponent in Army. On Sept. 24, the Green Wave and the Blue Devils meet for just the third time and TU will make its first appearance in Durham, N.C. since 1973 when 18th-ranked Tulane posted a 24-17 victory over the Blue Devils. The two teams first met in New Orleans in 1964 and the Wave leads the series, 2-0.
For the sixth straight season, Tulane and Army will battle on the gridiron when the two teams open the month of October at West Point, N.Y. The Green Wave and the Black Knights will play for the 19th time since the first meeting in 1953.
On Oct. 8, the Syracuse Orange makes their first visit to the Superdome since 1996, and the game will mark the eighth meeting in the series, which began in 1975. This will be the first game in a home-and-home series between the two schools.
The Green Wave returns to C-USA play and continues a three-game home stand when UTEP comes to the Crescent City on Oct. 15. The two teams have met six times since 2005 and the series is tied. The Green Wave escaped El Paso last season with a 34-24 victory and has won its last two contests against the Miners and three out of the last four meetings.
Memphis returns to the schedule this season and the Tigers will invade the Superdome on Oct. 22 for the 29th contest between the two teams. The series began in 1954 and the last meeting between the schools came in the 2008 season finale in Memphis, Tenn.
Following the Memphis game, the Green Wave plays four out of its next five games on the road, beginning at East Carolina on Oct. 29. Tulane will make its first appearance in Greenville, N.C. since the 2007 season finale. The last time these two schools met was in the 2008 C-USA opener at the Superdome. The series began in 1991 and the 2011 match-up will be the 11th meeting between TU and ECU.
In early November, Tulane remains on the road for the second straight game when it journeys to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to battle SMU on Nov. 5. The 2011 contest will mark the 20th meeting between the two private schools. The series began in 1943.
The Green Wave will play its final home game of the regular season when the Houston Cougars come calling on Nov. 12 at the Superdome. Tulane and Houston will square off for the 16th team since the inaugural meeting in 1968.
Tulane returns to the road and plays a Houston-based team for the second straight week when the Green Wave makes the short trip to the "Space City" to face the Rice Owls on Nov. 19. The Green Wave and the Owls will hook up for the 33rd time since the initial meeting in 1916. Last season at the Superdome, Tulane came away with a thrilling 54-49 victory.
The Tulane football team will conclude the regular season literally in paradise when the team makes the nine-hour, 4,193-mile flight from New Orleans to Honolulu to play Hawaii on Nov. 26. The contest will be the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools and the first since 2002 when the Green Wave dispatched the Warriors, 36-28, in the inaugural Hawai`i Bowl. The teams first met in Honolulu in the 1989 season opener.
Season ticket prices are only $180 for sideline seats, $90 for adult endzone, $60 for youth endzone and $240 for the Family 4 Pack (2 adult, 2 youth). Season ticket renewals will be mailed to 2010 season ticket holders in the near future.
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 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 2011 homecoming opponent will be announced at a later date.