Feb. 27, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane University 2008 football schedule will feature six bowl teams from the 2007 campaign, six home games at the Louisiana Superdome and dates with in-state rivals Louisiana-Monroe and LSU, as announced by TU Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.
The Green Wave will play six home games and six games on the road. Six of Tulane's 12 opponents advanced to postseason bowls last season, including Alabama (Petro Sun Independence Bowl), East Carolina (Sheraton Hawaii Bowl), LSU (BCS National Championship), Houston (Texas Bowl), Tulsa, (GMAC Bowl) and Memphis (R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl). Four of the six bowl teams are Conference USA opponents, and the Green Wave will face the difficult task of playing five of the six bowl teams on the road.
"We are excited about the 2008 schedule," Tulane head football coach Bob Toledo said. "It's a demanding schedule with six bowl teams, two SEC opponents and we have the challenging task of playing four of our last five games on the road. It will be important for us to get off to a good start in September and October.
"I am happy with the Sept. 6 start because we get an extra week of summer workouts and we don't have to report for two-a-days as early as we did last season. We have a bye week this season and it falls midway through the year, so that will give us a break and help us heal any nagging injuries."
TU's non-conference slate features a pair of Southeastern Conference teams in Alabama and LSU, while Army and Louisiana-Monroe round out the four non-league opponents. TU will host the Black Knights and the Warhawks and will face the Crimson Tide and Tigers on the road.
"Our non-conference schedule will be challenging with games against Alabama and LSU, Louisiana-Monroe and Army. Alabama had the best recruiting class in the country and LSU won the national title. Louisiana-Monroe beat Alabama last season and I think it is still on everyone's mind the way we lost at Army last season in overtime," Toledo said.
One luxury the Green Wave has not been afforded over the past three seasons is a mid-season bye week. However, Tulane will have its first bye week since the 2004 campaign on Oct. 18. Over the past two years, TU's bye week fell during the opening weekend of the college football season. In 2005, Tulane's football schedule was thrown into disarray because of the devastation to the New Orleans area brought on by Hurricane Katrina. The team played 12 straight weeks of football the last two seasons.
The Green Wave opens the season on the road for the first time since the 2006 campaign. Tulane kicks off the 2008 season on Sept. 6 against Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Green Wave and the Crimson Tide will meet for the first since the 1994 season when TU came up short against the 10th-ranked Tide, 20-10 on the road. Alabama leads the series, 26-11-3, and the 2008 game marks the first time Tulane has opened the season against Alabama since 1993.
Tulane opens Conference USA play and a four-game home stand when it hosts East Carolina in the home opener at the Superdome on Sept. 13. Although the Wave trails the Pirates in the overall series, 7-2, TU holds a 2-1 edge at home and defeated ECU in the last meeting between the two teams in New Orleans, 28-18, in 2003. This year's game marks the first time TU has faced East Carolina in the conference opener since 2001.
"We play in the toughest division in Conference USA and we have to play two of the top teams-- Houston and Tulsa-- in late November. We finished in third place last year and we will look to build upon that finish this season," Toledo said.
The Green Wave jumps back into non-league action on Sept. 20 when its hosts Louisiana-Monroe at home for the first time. The only previous meeting between the two Louisiana schools occurred in 2002 when Tulane handed the Warhawks a 52-9 setback in Monroe, La.
Tulane returns to C-USA action when the SMU Mustangs, under first-year head coach June Jones, come to the Superdome on Sept. 27. The Green Wave owns an 11-5 lead in the all-time series, including a 41-34 overtime victory last season in Dallas.
TU wraps up its four-game home stand when it opens the month of October against Army on Oct. 4. The Wave will look to avenge last year's 20-17 overtime loss at Michie Stadium. Despite the loss, Tulane leads the series, 8-6-1, against its former Conference USA rival.
The Green Wave makes its first road trip in over a month when it treks to UTEP on Oct. 11 to face the Miners in El Paso, Texas. Tulane upended UTEP last season on Senior Day at the Superdome, 34-19, but narrowly trails in the series, 2-1. TU then returns home to face Rice on Oct. 25 and will look to even the all-time series the Owls currently lead, 15-14-1.
The month of November will be a touch stretch as Tulane must play four of its remaining five games on the road and all four road opponents are coming off either bowl appearances or a national championship.
The Wave renews its oldest rivalry and concludes non-conference play on Nov. 1 when TU opens the month on the road at LSU, the defending national champions. The 2008 game marks the 97th installment in the series and is the latest in the year the two teams have met since the 1996 season finale. From 1926-1996, Tulane and LSU annually played their game in the regular season finale with the exception coming during the 1931, 1946, 1964, 1974 and 1993 seasons.
The Green Wave re-enters league play when it continues a two-game road swing at Houston on Nov. 8. TU will be looking for its first win over the Cougars since 2002.
Tulane returns to the Superdome and plays its lone home game of the month on Nov. 15 against UAB. The Green Wave came up short last season to the Blazers in Birmingham, but has won two of three meetings in New Orleans, including the last two contests in 2002 and 2004.
The Wave concludes the regular season with a pair of games on the road at Tulsa on Nov. 22 and at Memphis on Nov. 29. Tulane will look to snap a three-year skid against the Golden Hurricane since Tulsa became a Conference USA member in 2005.
Tulane closes out the regular season in the "Bluff City" against Memphis on Nov. 29 at the Liberty Bowl. The Green Wave will look to capture its first win over the Tigers since 2000.
Season tickets for the 2008 campaign are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at (504) 861-WAVE (9283) or in person at the Tulane Athletic Ticket office located inside the James W. Wilson Jr., Center on Ben Weiner Drive.
2008 Tulane Green Wave Football Schedule Date Opponents Site Time Sept. 6 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. TBA Sept. 13 East Carolina* Louisiana Superdome TBA Sept. 20 Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana Superdome TBA Sept. 27 SMU* Louisiana Superdome TBA Oct. 4 Army Louisiana Superdome TBA Oct. 11 at UTEP* El Paso, Texas TBA Oct. 18 Bye Oct. 25 Rice* Louisiana Superdome TBA Nov. 1 at LSU Baton Rouge, La. TBA Nov. 8 at Houston* Houston, Texas TBA Nov. 15 UAB* Louisiana Superdome TBA Nov. 22 at Tulsa* Tulsa, Okla. TBA Nov. 29 at Memphis* Memphis, Tenn. TBA
Bold denotes home games *Conference USA game