2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Tulsa Offense
The passing game has to work. The Golden Hurricane have the running backs to balance things out, but the defense is going to be mediocre enough that the offense has to be able to keep up in shootouts. The passing attack hit the 200-yard mark just three times and only put up multiple touchdowns just two times. Baylor transfer Zach Smith has to be a difference-maker.
Biggest Key To The Tulsa Defense
Get nastier. It starts with a pass rush that has to generate far, far more than the 14 sacks of last season, and it continues with a front that has to be far, far better against the run. The Tulsa D was hit for over 190 rushing yards ten times, in 12 games. The two times it didn’t – the opener against Central Arkansas and the season-ender against SMU – the Golden Hurricane won.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Zach Smith, Jr.
Or sophomore Seth Boomer. Smith started out his career with Baylor and cranked up the offense, but he was banged up and ended up losing his job to Charlie Brewer after the program changed coaches. He’s got the passing chops to be exactly what the offense needs – he’ll push the ball deep. If he’s not great, then it has to be Boomer who utilizes the decent receiving corps to make the Golden Hurricane more dangerous.
Key Game To The Tulsa Season
Wyoming, Sept. 21
It’s the tone-setting game for the rest of the season. The Golden Hurricane will lose at Michigan State to start things out, and they’ll drop the date with Oklahoma State. Assuming a win over San Jose State on the road – a must-win if the program is going to move forward – then it’s up to the Wyoming game to get out of September 2-2. The AAC part of the schedule is manageable, but lose to the Cowboys and all but forget about a bowl game.
– Tulsa Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Tulsa Fun Stats
– Sacks: Opponents 39 for 241 yards – Tulsa 14 for 109 yards
– 4th Down Conversions: Tulsa 18-of-31 (58%) – Opponents 4-of-11 (36%)
– Field Goals: Opponents 19-of-21 – Tulsa 12-of-21