March 11, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave's 2009 football schedule includes dates against six bowl teams from the 2007 campaign, two nationally televised games on ESPN, six home contests at the Louisiana Superdome, dates against in-state schools LSU and McNeese State, and the Wave will renew its series with long-time opponent Southern Miss, as the schedule was announced today by TU Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.
A total of six 2007 bowl teams dot the 12-game schedule, including BYU (Pioneer Las Vegas), Houston (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces), LSU (Chick-Fil-A), Rice (Texas), Southern Miss (R&L Carriers New Orleans) and Tulsa (GMAC). Four of the six bowl teams are Conference USA squads, and TU will host three of the bowl teams at home in the Louisiana Superdome. The Green Wave will play non-conference games at home against BYU and McNeese State and will battle non-league opponents LSU and Army on the road.
"We are very excited and looking forward to the 2009 schedule," Tulane head football coach Bob Toledo said. "I think it has better continuity than last year with the way it plays out, but we do not have a bye week until the final week of the season. It will be a very challenging schedule with six bowl teams and I believe our home schedule will be intense and is the best since I have been here.
"We have two very good football teams, who were both nationally ranked last season, to open the year in Tulsa and BYU, and both games are on ESPN. Tulsa is a very good football team and we'll find out a lot about our football team right away. BYU is another talented team that will be a great test for us. We have two of our top division teams at home in Tulsa and Houston and we have two in-state match-ups with LSU and McNeese State."
TU will begin the year at home for the first time since 2007, and for just the second time in the last four years, Tulane will open the season with a league game when the Green Wave hosts Tulsa, the 2008 C-USA runner-up, in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN on Friday, Sept. 4. The contest will mark the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools, but just the second in New Orleans since the Golden Hurricane joined the league in 2005.
Tulane will make its second straight appearance on national television the following week when BYU makes its first-ever trip to the Superdome to take on the Green Wave on Sept. 12 on ESPN. The series between the two schools is tied at 1-1. TU capped off the 1998 undefeated campaign, perhaps the greatest season in school history, with a 41-27 victory over the Cougars in the Liberty Bowl, while BYU knotted the series with its win at home over the Wave in 2001.
Although New Orleans and Lake Charles are located just a little over 200 miles apart within the state of Louisiana, Tulane and McNeese State will meet for the first time on the gridiron when the Cowboys visit the Superdome on Sept. 19. The contest will mark the final non-league home game for the Wave and will also conclude TU's season-opening, three-game home stand.
Tulane returns to Conference USA action when it treks to SMU for its first road game of the 2009 campaign on Sept. 26. The Green Wave leads the overall series with the Mustangs, 12-5, and has won back-to-back games, including a 34-27 win last season and a 41-34 overtime victory in its last appearance in Dallas during the 2007 campaign.
The Green Wave plays the first of its two non-league road games when it journeys to Army on Oct. 3, and TU will look to snap a two-game skid against the Black Knights. Tulane leads the series, 8-7-1, but has not defeated Army since 2006 at the Louisiana Superdome, and will attempt to notch its first win at West Point, N.Y., since 2003.
Following a two-year hiatus due to the Conference USA schedule rotation, Tulane renews its series with Marshall when the Thundering Herd makes its first-ever trip to New Orleans on Oct. 10. Marshall became a C-USA member in 2005 and leads the series, 2-0. The 2005 game was originally scheduled for the Superdome, but the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans forced the game to be played at Mobile, Ala.
Tulane remains at home the following week when the Houston Cougars come to New Orleans for an Oct. 17 league match-up in the Superdome. UH leads the series, 10-4, and the Wave will look to post its first win over the Cougars since 2002.
Following the Houston contest, Tulane must play four of its remaining five games on the road for the second straight season beginning with Southern Miss on Oct. 24. The match-up between these Conference USA rivals is nationally recognized as the "Battle for the Bell" and will mark the first meeting between the teams since 2006, and the first contest in Hattiesburg since 2005 season finale for the Green Wave.
For the second straight year and the third time in the last four years, Tulane will make the short trek to Baton Rouge on Halloween to face the LSU Tigers in the 98th edition of the storied rivalry, which dates back to both school's first season of sponsoring collegiate football in 1893. Following the 2009 contest, LSU is slated for consecutive appearances in New Orleans during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Tulane returns home on Nov. 7 to host the UTEP Miners in the final home game of the 2009 season. Although UTEP leads the series, 3-1, the Green Wave posted its first win in the series in the last meeting between the two teams at the Superdome in 2007.
The Green Wave hits the road once again to close out the regular season with a pair of games at Rice and at UCF. Tulane invades Houston to face the Owls on Nov. 14 and will look to post its second straight win at Rice Stadium after a 45-31 victory in 2007. The Owls were the surprise team in Conference USA a year ago with a 10-win season and a second place finish in the C-USA West Division.
On Nov. 21, Tulane concludes the regular season slate against UCF in Orlando, Fla. The Knights hold a 2-1 advantage in the overall series, but the Green Wave took the last meeting with a 10-9 win in the `Dome in 2006.
Tulane will announce its homecoming and television dates on CBS College Sports at a later date.
The 2009 season ticket prices will remain unchanged from the 2008 campaign, and start as low as $72 for youth and $90 for adult end zone. Sideline locations are $180 and ensure the best seats in the Superdome, while the "Family 4 Pack" is a bargain at $240 (includes 2 adult and 2 youth tickets). Last year's season ticket holders are encouraged to renew their season tickets before April 25 to take advantage of an exciting early renewal incentive program. Renew your season tickets today, or purchase new season tickets, by calling the Tulane Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE (9283).
2009 Tulane Football Schedule Date Opponents Site Time Sept. 4 (Fri.) Tulsa* (ESPN) Louisiana Superdome 7 p.m. Sept. 12 BYU (ESPN) Louisiana Superdome 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 McNeese State Louisiana Superdome TBA Oct. 3 at Army West Point, N.Y. TBA Oct. 10 Marshall* Louisiana Superdome TBA Oct. 17 Houston* Louisiana Superdome TBA Oct. 24 at Southern Miss* Hattiesburg, Miss. TBA Oct. 31 at LSU Baton Rouge, La. TBA Nov. 7 UTEP* Louisiana Superdome TBA Nov. 14 at Rice* Houston, Texas TBA Nov. 21 at UCF* Orlando, Fla. TBA Nov. 28 at SMU* Dallas, Texas TBA
*Conference USA game