Tulane Green Wave College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season
Tulane Green Wave Biggest Key: Offense
Be better in pass protection. The Tulane offensive front is built to crank out big rushing yards and get on the move for the well-paced attack. It’s got decent size, all-star talent, and experience. Now it has to stop letting teams get into the backfield so often.
Four teams were able to generated four or more sacks, and Houston, SMU, UCF, and Nevada also combined for 39 tackles for loss.
Tulane lost all four games.
Combine the problems keeping teams out of the backfield with third down conversion consistency issues, and it’s the difference between another good season for this veteran team and a potentially great one.
Tulane Green Wave Biggest Key: Defense
The veteran secondary has to be much, much stronger. The Tulane pass rush was one of the best in the country and it led the AAC averaging over three per game.
The defense was able to come up with nine picks, but it also got roasted way too often by all the strong passing teams on the slate. The Green Wave allowed 250 or more passing yards nine times, finishing up the season by allowing Nevada’s Carson Strong to hit 22-of-28 passes for 217 yards and five scores in the bowl loss.
Worse yet, the D got bombed on. After allowing just 6.8 yards per throw in 2019, the 2020 D gave up 8.5 yards per play.
Tulane Green Wave Key Player To A Successful Season
LB/DE Angelo Anderson, RFr.
Patrick Johnson was a dominant pass rushing force in Tulane’s Joker position – a defensive end/linebacker hybrid. All he did was lead the way with ten sacks along with 14.5 tackles of loss and 39 tackles, and now he’s done.
The pass rushing production has to come from somewhere on the line. Darius Hodges and Armani Dixon are technically lists as options for the Joker position, but the 6-3, 255-pound Anderson was Johnson’s backup last year coming up with four tackles.
Tulane Green Wave Key Game To The 2021 Season
Houston, Oct. 7
Can the Green Wave win the 50/50 conference games to set themselves up for something bigger? They’re strong enough to win at East Carolina, and then comes the home date against a strong Houston team that won 49-31 last year.
Most of the games between the two over the last few years have been blowouts, but overall the series has been relatively even. Lose, and then the upcoming run of at SMU, Cincinnati, at UCF becomes a big, big problem.
2020 Tulane Green Wave Fun Stats
– Fumbles: Opponents 18 (lost 10) – Tulane 17 (lost 4)
– 2nd Half Scoring: Tulane 224 – Opponents 153
– Rushing Yards Per Game: Tulane 217 – Opponents 144