Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Tulane Green Wave season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Tulane Green Wave
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Tulane Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
At some point, this is going to work.
Head coach Willie Fritz has been doing this for a long time, serving as a head man for 19 years at Central Missouri, Sam Houston State, and Georgia Southern before taking over the Tulane job.
During that time before his current run in New Orleans, he had just two losing seasons – including his first year at Central Missouri – but that’s been it. His offensive systems have worked, and he’s been good enough to get his teams into the playoffs at the lower level from time to time.
And now, for the first time in his career, he’s had two straight losing seasons, and almost avoided that but his Green Wave lost to SMU to end last year.
He’s too good a head man to have three straight losing seasons.
Again, this is supposed to work. Fritz might not be cranking up the true triple option offense that put up stupid rushing numbers at Georgia Southern, but the hybrid, zone option, multiple-look offense can do a little bit of everything.
He works at a school full of smart guys who should be able to get the systems down and do everything right, and for the most part, they are. The Green Wave did improve over the last two seasons under Fritz after two straight three-win campaigns.
But at some point, Tulane has to start winning because its offense is just that quirky-good and effective. In a division, though, full of quirky-good, effective offenses, this one has to soon stand out. And it just might.
The O line might not be a killer, but it’s full of veterans who know what they’re doing under Fritz. Jonathan Banks has a year of quarterbacking experience, the receivers are dangerous, and there are just enough running back weapons to make the running game shine and start to do far more – like it’s supposed to.
The Green Wave defense might not be anything amazing, and the front six is undergoing a bit of an overhaul, but the secondary should be strong. There will be problems against the tougher running teams, and finding a better pass rush is a must, but with an offense that’s supposed to dominate the time of possession battle, it all fits into a system.
And in Year Three under Fritz, that’s where the next step has to come. Those schemes and systems have to be enough to beat the Houstons and Memphises, and Navys of the American Athletic West world.
At the very least, they’re supposed to be enough to get to six wins and a bowl game again.