: Occasions these teams have met, a recurring theme for Tulane this season (Grambling, Oklahoma, Florida, too)
4: Occasions in past 4 decades Tulane continues to be 4-2 or better after its first six games
Already 6-2, Tulane made an appearance prepared to continue its push for that league’s championship game against Florida Atlantic (2-6) in Boca Raton. The Owls’ coach, Carl Pelini, had resigned earlier within the week after allegations of cocaine and marijuana use, departing this program out of balance.
Playing against a number of run-heavy opponents (Navy, Army, Tulsa), Tulane has put its defensive backs in lots of one-on-one coverage against wide receivers while loading as much as steer clear of the ground game. They didn’t fare well on a number of big plays against Tulsa, quitting completions of 74, 59 and 52 yards and becoming lucky when another lengthy pass was dropped. Navy scored on the 79-yard passing touchdown, too. Facing FIU’s pro-style offense, search for the safeties to obtain more help so that they can eliminate individuals big plays.
The remainder would be a horror show. Quarterbacks Nick Montana (three) and Devin Powell (one) put interceptions on Tulane’s first four passes from the other half, resulting in 27 unanswered points as FAU won disappearing, 34-17, exposing the Wave’s anemic, mistake-prone offense. Respected linebackers coach Craig Lamb, who’d employed newcomer starter Nico Marley when not one other FBS program was thinking about him, didn’t return in the locker room after halftime rather than coached at Tulane again due to health problems.
The final time the Eco-friendly Wave traveled to southern Florida, in 2013, the trip switched right into a debacle that began a four-year slide. The Wave was riding high under second-year coach Curtis Manley after consecutive upsets of Conference USA contenders North Texas and East Carolina and perennial enemy Tulsa.
Beating FIU to get at 4-2 could signal Tulane is really a program increasing in the same manner the 2nd-half collapse against FAU indicated Manley couldn’t sustain his success in the first 1 / 2 of 2013.
FIU likely will need some assistance to pull an upset, and Tulane is not inside a giving mood this season, not having a turnover in four of their five games. That ball security is as simple as design. A Willie Fritz team hasn’t finished a season with increased turnovers of computer produced, and also the Wave, already plus-7 in turnover margin, is well coming to preserving that streak. The Panthers, in stark contrast, are minus-6 (nine turnovers, three takeaways). Advantage, Tulane.
On that day was the level in Johnson’s tenure. Tulane, this was 4- in Conference USA, fell from title contention rapidly and won only four of their next 20 league games, including a set of uncompetitive years within the American Sports Conference before Manley was fired in the finish of 2015.