Tulsa Golden Hurricane College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
How do you possibly recapture the same sort of magic?
It wasn’t just that Tulsa went from three straight losing seasons and six of the previous seven to within a field goal of the American Athletic Conference title; it was how it did it.
The defense rose up and rocked in close losses to Oklahoma State, Cincinnati and Mississippi State, huge interceptions from Zaven Collins sealed wins against SMU and Tulane, and the team managed to get by in game after game after game.
Now we’re all asking the program to do it again.
The defense was fantastic, but the offense was just okay. There were too many turnovers, too many penalties, and a slew of parts to the 2020 season didn’t make a whole lot of sense considering the success it had.
Sometimes a team just finds a way to win.
Collins is gone, and there needs to be a new starting quarterback, but with 17 starters expected to return, a great kicking game, and the disrespected attitude that comes from everyone thinking 2020 was a fluke, this should be another dangerous team.
Set The Tulsa Golden Hurricane Regular Season Win Total At … 6
But we’ve seen this before.
In 2012, Tulsa won the Conference USA title and took down 11 wins, only to come back with a 3-9 season. The 2016 Tulsa team went 10-3, and the next year it flopped with just two victories.
History would say that last year was an aberration, but there are way too many good parts in place for that to be true.
However, going to Oklahoma State and Ohio State early is a problem. There’s no UCF, but going on the road to deal with Cincinnati, Tulane and SMU – all in November, by the way – won’t be easy, and that’s assuming there’s still a shot at getting back to the conference title game after dealing with Houston, Memphis and Navy.
Again, there’s too much there to slide back into irrelevance, but asking for the same sort of chemistry and big key plays might be too much,
Only getting a winning season and a bowl might seem like a downer after how great last season was, but considering the program hasn’t had back-to-back winning seasons since 2011 and 2012, it would be a strong follow-up.