Tulane's 2007 Football Slate Features Seven Home Dates, Five Bowl Teams

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Senior running back Matt Forte and the Green Wave will play seven home games in 2007, including an ESPN game against LSU, and TU will face five 2006 bowl teams.
Senior running back Matt Forte and the Green Wave will play seven home games in 2007, including an ESPN game against LSU, and TU will face five 2006 bowl teams.

Feb. 27, 2007

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NEW ORLEANS - The 2007 Tulane University football schedule features seven home games, including dates with LSU, Mississippi State and defending Conference USA champion Houston, as well as games against five bowl teams from the 2006 campaign. The schedule was announced today TU's Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.

"We're pleased to unveil an attractive seven-game home schedule and launch the Bob Toledo era of Tulane football," Dickson said. "September should be quite exciting with four home games highlighted by match-ups with Mississippi State, defending 2006 C-USA champion Houston and the return of the TU-LSU series to the Superdome for first time in 13 years. We look forward to record attendance as we begin the resurgence of Green Wave football."

Among the 12 games is a national television home date with in-state rival LSU on ESPN, and five contests against 2006 bowl participants. Tulane will host three bowl teams, including a non-conference game against the Tigers and match-ups against Conference USA rivals Houston and Tulsa. The Green Wave will face two C-USA bowl teams on the road at Rice and at East Carolina. TU's seven home games are the most since the 2002 season, which also marked the Wave's last bowl game appearance.

"I believe we have a very exciting schedule and we are looking forward to opening the season against Mississippi State in the Louisiana Superdome," head football coach Bob Toledo said. "The LSU game on ESPN will be a great event and I hope the New Orleans community will come out and support us in each of our seven home games and give the Green Wave a true home-field advantage.

"Our conference schedule is very favorable. We host two of the top three teams in the C-USA West Division in defending champion Houston and third-place Tulsa. Our non-conference schedule is very appealing as well with two of our three games coming against state schools. We are also excited about playing at Army because of Tulane's large alumni base in the New York region."

Tulane will once again play 12 games in 12 straight weeks, beginning with Mississippi State at home on Sept. 8. Despite trailing on the overall series, 29-26-2, Tulane topped Mississippi State, 32-29, a year ago in Starkville, Miss., and also won the last game between the two teams in the Superdome in 2003.

The Green Wave continues a four-game home stand and opens Conference USA play against Houston on Sept. 15. The Cougars captured the 2006 conference title and advance to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Tulane trials in the series, 8-4, but topped UH in the last meeting in the Superdome in 2000.

The third week of the season will feature the first of back-to-back games against teams from the state of Louisiana as Southeastern Louisiana makes its first appearance in New Orleans against Tulane since 1951. Tulane defeated the Lions at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, 28-21, in 2005, and leads the series, 3-0.

On Sept. 29, Tulane wraps up the four-game tilt against LSU in front of a national audience on ESPN. The Tigers completed the 2006 season as the Sugar Bowl champions and ranked No. 3 in both national polls with an 11-2 overall record. This year's contest is the second in a 10-year deal between the two schools and will mark the 96th all-time meeting, but the first in New Orleans since 1994.

The Green Wave opens the month of October with the first of three straight road games. TU treks to Army on Oct. 6 and will make its first trip to West Point, N.Y., since 2003 when Army was a member of C-USA. Tulane leads the series with the Black Knights, 8-5-1.

The Wave continues its travels and re-enters conference play at UAB on Oct. 13. After a two-year hiatus, these two schools will revive their rivalry with the sixth meeting. The Green Wave leads the all-time series, 3-2, and has won the last three contests.

Tulane concludes its three-game road swing at SMU on Oct. 20, and will look to continue its winning streak in Dallas, Texas. The Green Wave has won four straight games against the Mustangs in Dallas and leads the series, 10-5.

TU returns home in late October and begins a three-game home stand against Memphis on Oct. 27. Although these two schools have not met since the 2004 campaign, the Green Wave boasts a 9-5-1 record against the Tigers in New Orleans.

In early November, Tulsa, the 2005 C-USA champion and a 2006 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participant, makes its first-ever appearance in the Superdome on Nov. 3.

On Nov. 10, Tulane will close out the home portion of its schedule and celebrate "Senior Day" as the UTEP Miners make their first appearance against the Green Wave in the Superdome.

Tulane faces a pair of bowl teams on the road to wrap up the regular season, beginning with Rice on Nov. 17. Although the Wave downed Rice at home a year ago, the Owls returned to New Orleans as a participant in the New Orleans Bowl. TU has won two of its last three games against Rice in Houston.

Tulane concludes the regular season at East Carolina on Nov. 24. The Pirates recorded a 7-6 record and played in the PapaJohns.com bowl.

Season tickets for the 2007 Tulane football season are now on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. Tulane is offering an Early Bird ticket special for the 2007 season.

The Early Bird special allows fans to purchase season tickets and receive priority seating locations, lower prices than individual game ticket purchasers and the option to purchase additional tickets for the LSU & Mississippi State games at a lower price than the general public. Adult sideline seats are $200, while adult end zone seats are $100 and youth (under 18) end zone seats are just $80.

Tulane also offers a "Family Four Pack" which provides two (2) adults and two (2) youth tickets in either our designated family sections or in end zone seating, plus a special entertainment value coupon for $280. In addition, any person graduating from a Tulane undergraduate program in the last four years, or a Tulane graduate program in the last two years, can purchase up to two (2) 2007 Tulane football season tickets for just $100 each. Also, Tulane Faculty & Staff receive a 50% discount on season tickets.

The Early Bird prices are only available until May 11. At that time, all ticket sales are subject to change. For more information, contact the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE.

2007 Tulane University Football Schedule

Sept. 8 Sat.Mississippi StateNew Orleans, La.TBA
Sept. 15 Sat.Houston*New Orleans, La.TBA
Sept. 22 Sat.Southeastern LouisianaNew Orleans, La.TBA
Sept. 29 Sat.LSU (ESPN)New Orleans, La.TBA
Oct. 6 Sat.at ArmyWest Point, N.Y.TBA
Oct. 13 Sat.at UAB*Birmingham, Ala.TBA
Oct. 20 Sat.at SMU*Dallas, TexasTBA
Oct. 27 Sat.Memphis*New Orleans, La.TBA
Nov. 3 Sat.Tulsa*New Orleans, La.TBA
Nov. 10 Sat.UTEP*New Orleans, La.TBA
Nov. 17 Sat.at Rice*Houston, TexasTBA
Nov. 24 Sat.at East Carolina*Greenville, N.C.TBA

* Conference USA game
Bold denotes home games played at the Louisiana Superdome