2019 Tulane Green Wave College Football Preview

by Aug 5, 2019NCAA Football


Yulman Stadium

30,000 Seat Stadium

New Orleans, Louisiana 

Last year’s record (7-6, 5-3 AAC)

Head Coach: Willie Fritz

Record at School (16-21) 3 years

Career Record (170-90) 22 years

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Last year was one of the most successful seasons in quite some time.  It had been five years since they made a bowl appearance and 16 years since the Green Wave won a bowl game.  This team has gradually got better each season since Fritz took over in 2016 in both overall and conference records. 

After a disappointing 1-3 start it was looking like Tulane had returning to their losing ways. Three games later, and two more losses put them at 2-5 and just 1-2 in the conference.  Coach Fritz benched starting QB Jonathon Banks in favor of backup graduate transfer Justin McMillan from LSU.

His stats were about the same as Banks, but he made the big plays when they needed them whereas Banks was making mistakes.  He led them to 4 wins in their next 5 games, evening their record at 6-6 and making them bowl eligible.

They went on to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 41-24 in the Cure Bowl and the continued yearly improvement took another step forward. Tulane has only ever once played in back-to-back bowl games and that was way back in 1979-1980 and they have never won back-to-back bowl games.  Coach Fritz has his eyes set on that changing this year. 


To the surprise of many at the end of the regular season and before the bowl game Coach Fritz fired OC Doug Ruse.  He was not pleased in spite of the 4-1 finish with the offense. The first three seasons under Fritz showed improvement, but the offense continue to struggle ranking near the bottom of the AAC in yards and points scored. 

New OC Will Hall is looking for more of an up-tempo scheme opposed to the more running oriented offense of last season. Despite having only (5) returning starters, they are excited about the skilled position players they do have coming back. 

Leading rushed Darius Bradwell (1,134 yards) returns as well as Corey Dauphine who added 785 yards last year. QB Justin McMillan hopes to continue his success from last season.

The WR position looks strong with starter Darnell Mooney (48 catches, 993 yards) coming back and Oklahoma St transfer Jalen McCleskey with 167 career catches for 1,865 yards, being a great addition to the team.  The offense line does need to replace three starters.

Finding replacements will be key in making the new offense go. Brown graduate transfer Christian Montano joins the team adding another experience O-linemen which should help. The numbers should improve this season, whether that translates into more wins will not be known until November.


The defense was the strength of last year’s team and it will be again this season.  They were 3rd in total defense, 2nd vs the run and 4th in scoring defense in the conference last season and with (8) starters returning they may be dominating this season.  The defensive line returns intact.

They went with all young guys last season and still cranked out those impressive stats, including 41 sacks. There is plenty of depth as well.  Now a year older and still none of them seniors, this group the next couple of years will be amazing. They do lose leading tackler LB Zach Harris, but plenty of talent remains to fill the void. 

The only defensive question will be the secondary with the loss of two starters who gave up 260 yards per game last season. If the DL can get into the backfield and pressure the QB not allowing him time to throw, that will only help the secondary do their part.  This unit has a chance to be special and will certainly be one of the best in the AAC.  


Both place kicker and punter return in 2019.  Merek Glover only attempted 13 field goals last season and make 10 of them.   He was only 2 of 4 from 40-49 yards and the ones he made were from just 40 yards.  Hopefully a year older he has developed more leg strength. Punter Ryan Wright has a solid year as a freshman and his future should be locked in for the next three years.  


If you are a Tulane fan, you have to be excited about this season.  The Green Wave have been down for so many seasons and Coach Willie Fritz has turned this team around and is looking to do things the program has never done before. 

With a defense that expects to be stronger if not dominate in the AAC, and an offense kicking it up a notch with a more up temp scheme, this team should go bowling for the second straight year and maybe for the first time ever win back-to-back bowl games.  Things are looking up in Louisiana.

BETONLINE has listed the regular season win total at 5½.  I am pleasantly shocked at this line being just 5½, but thankful as it gives me a great shot at increasing my bankroll.  I do not see how this stays under the number. With only one definite loss @ Auburn on the schedule, this team is primed for another winning season. 

Assuming Missouri St, Connecticut & Tulsa are all wins, we just need to pick up three more to win our wager. The next to last game vs C Florida is probably their next toughest opponent, but they get that at home and even if they lose that one, every other game is winnable.  This future wager is as solid as it gets in my opinion.  I am taking over 5½ wins.

Don’t forget to check out our NCAA College Football Betting Guide to stay up to date on all of the happenings in College Football throughout the 2019 Season.

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