Premier makes NCAA football this week, with several non-conference matches. One of the few conference matches we have in the program will concern me.
At the American Athletic Conference, Tulane travels to Tulsa for their first match this year. Preseason rankings are almost equivalent, but the hosts of Golden Hurricanes are in a little better position for today's match. Tulsa made a modest season last year, which was a year of change and preparation for this year. A strong point this year will be their defense, which is of great depth, with 10 key to come back from last season, 4 is on the defensive line and 3 on linebackers with a good safety return that lost last season injuries. The attack was not good last year mainly because the young qb was learning the game. Improvement I expect from him this year with a good return to the receivers who lost the injury season last season. Overall about 5 returns to the offensive line last year with a plethora of new talents in the receivers and pretty good running backs. The kicking teams for Tulsa remain the same, with Salazar having 16 / 19 field goals last year.
Difficult season awaits the Tulane Green Wave this season, with a lot of losses compared to last year's team. The biggest change is the departure of the top running back Darkwa (12 td's and 4 in the history of the school in total yards). Replacement is virtually not found here, with one available rb punished therefore it raises pressure to a new aggressive line. As if that did not happen, the coach chose to give a basic jersey to freshman qb in the first match for this year's away, taking quite a lot of risk. Overall, the Tulane offensive line returns just as 3 is key since last season. Fewer questions in their defense line but here too have enough inexperienced young people to make a debut. Certainly 3 were remarkable players from last year's team in good places, with one of them being considered as a question mark at the premiere. Change to the field goal kicking for Tulane with the remarkable Santos kicker to be a past.
Boss in the particular Tulsa couple, 8-1 as a whole from 1992 and then, and 8-1 respectively against the handicap during this time. During this time the 4 matches given to Tulsa were taken by the hosts, covering the spread in all the matches. Sold out pitch for the Tulsa premiere at the American Athletic Conference.
The line opened at -3.5 for Tulsa, and it's already past. I have the Hurricanes capable of winning even with a touchdown here, as they look more tied together as a whole with fewer changes and defensive skills. I'm also expecting an improvement in the aggressive track as most players there are already a season below their belt. Several questions that Tulane has to answer this year, major changes in the aggressive field, with a running game problem and QB inexperienced at the wheel. Reasonably in their first away game this year they will have a difficult afternoon.
At -5, Tulsa (Paddypower @ 1.95) is doing me, I'm staying at 3 units because it's a premiere here.