Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Tulsa Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
Tulsa has been through this before.
The program won the 2012 Conference USA title before suffering a two-year power outage, winning just five games in two seasons bringing in current head coach Philip Montgomery.
Tulsa has enjoyed a whole lot of success at times over the last decade, but this isn’t a machine of a program. When it crashes and needs a redo, it hits with a thud, and last year’s team had to replace way too many parts.
Yeah, the 2-10 season was a disaster. Yeah, the normally dominant passing game only threw six touchdown passes. Yeah, the defense was miserable and couldn’t slow down anyone’s running attack.
However, as bad as things were, 1) there was a youth movement, and 2) there weren’t all that many brutal blowouts.
The team couldn’t handle the option. It got destroyed by Navy and Tulane, and it was also ripped up by Oklahoma State and Memphis – no real shame there.
But there was close loss after close loss – not surprising considering the team had to replace almost all of its skill guys and five defensive starters from a ten-win squad.
Having been a part of the Houston and Baylor passing game fun shows, Montgomery knows how to get the offenses going. This season, the pieces are there to crank it up again in a hurry …
But a quarterback has to emerge.
The ground game will be fantastic. The line will be outstanding, and Shamari Brooks and Corey Taylor can each carry the offensive workload. The receiving corps is in place, too, but who’s throwing them the ball? Luke Skipper has to step up into the role, or else Chad President’s knee has to heal up in a hurry, or one of the new options has to rise up.
The defense won’t be a rock, but all it has to do is hold serve once in a while and hope the offense is back up to snuff. If that happens, all of a sudden, Tulsa will start looking and playing like Tulsa again.