1. TULSA WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
This should be a far better team that starts to look and play like more of a factor in the American Athletic Conference race.
The defense will never be Alabama, but there’s too much experience returning to not be better. It did enough last season to at least stay in games, and now the offense has to do its part, too, with more scoring, more big plays, and more stress put on opposing defenses.
The expected upgrade in quarterback play will make a big difference, but the O line has to be strong right away, and there can’t be a major rash of injuries. If the starting 22 can stay in one piece, this could be the AAC’s surprise team. However …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 4
Tulsa has to come up with the wins somewhere, and the schedule isn’t much help. East Carolina and San Jose State are winnable games, but they’re on the road. UCF, Houston, Memphis, Oklahoma State are all coming to Tulsa, but they’re all problems.
There’s enough experience returning to push for close to six wins and bowl eligibility, but it’s going to take a few upsets to get there. The Golden Hurricane will be better than the three-win team of last season, but they’ll need a few breaks to get to six wins.