The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Tulane Green Wave.
No. 91: Tulane Green Wave
Spring Practice Starts: March 12
Spring Game: April 14
Tulane Green Wave Spring Status
The Green Wave came really, really close to getting to a bowl, losing in a fight with SMU in the final game of the season. And now, head coach Willie Fritz might have the parts in place to get the program over that hump and back into the post-season for the first time since 2013.
It starts with the offensive line that gets all five starters back to pave the way for a decent backfield and good quarterback situation.
The defensive side, though, needs the work, with three starters done up front, and key defensive backs Parry Nickerson and Jarrod Franklin done. In all, six starters are done from the defensive side.
Even so, as long as the option attack is rolling, everything else will work.
Tulane Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Defensive tackle. Finding a few new running backs to take over for Montreal Hilliard will be a must, and the secondary could use a boost, but the key to the season might be finding two knew defensive tackles. Ade Aruna was a centerpiece of the defensive front, and Sean Wilson handled the nose. It’s a relatively thin group on the interior that needs developing.
Tulane Biggest Issue
The pass rush has to show up. The Green Wave defensive front didn’t do much of anything to get into the backfield, generating just 14 sacks with just three over the last seven games. Worst of all, 11 of those 14 sacks of production are gone.
Tulane Biggest Positive
The running game will be terrific. Hilliard is gone, and so is Sherman Badie is done, but Jonathan Banks is a dangerous runner, Darius Bradwell showed a little something, and the system should produce close to 3,000 yards on the ground behind the veteran line.
Really, Why Are The Tulane Green Wave Ranked Here?
The Green Wave should be at least one win better. They have way too many replacements to find on defense, and losing Hilliard hurts, but the ground game should rumble and the team will be competitive enough to get to six wins – at least, that’s the relatively easy goal.