2021 Tulane Football season preview

New Orleans, Lousiana:

2020 was a weird year for the Tulane Green Wave football program as they had moments where they looked like they could compete with anybody in the AAC. Then, there were the moments where Tulane found itself losing three straight to Houston, SMU, and UCF. Which seemed to be the calling card for Head Coach Willie Fritz and his Green Wave football team in 2020, close but no cigar. Fast forward to this fall, Tulane faces a situation where they have the talent to compete at a high level in the AAC, but they have got to find a way to take the next step. At this point, Tulane could be the real sleeper out of the American this year; with the way the roster sits right now, Tulane has the depth to go head to head with teams like Memphis, UCF, Houston, and maybe on a good night, the Bearcats of Cincinnati.

During a college football game against Tulane, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

For Tulane, the offensive side of the ball is the stomping grounds for a lot of preseason hype for this team. With nine returning starters from last season, it’s easy to see why many across the country are a bit concerned about when trying to prepare to face this team.

All the excitement around the Tulane offense is fueled by a new OC in Chip Long and an exciting quarterback in Michael Pratt. Pratt threw for over a thousand yards and 20 touchdowns last season. Sure, some might say that Pratt won’t do as good in a new offensive set, but with an athlete like that and eight other starters returning, the hype train for Tulane football is real and should be taken seriously.

Now for the biggest question mark for this Tulane football program heading into the 2021 season. What will the defensive unit look like after losing their leaders in all categories from the 2020 season. Last season, Tulane was one of the worst teams in the country at stopping the third and long situations, which cost Jack Curtis his job as defensive coordinator.

Photo Credits: Seattle Times

Here’s the thing, Tulane has won 20 games over the last three years, which is an improvement, but it’s still not good enough for the fans in New Orleans. 2021 is the season that could make or break this program for years to come. Tulane has sat on the sidelines for the last five years and watch their rivals in Memphis, UCF, Cincinnati, and Houston all have major success. It’s now or never for the Tulane Green Wave, and the opportunity is there to have a special season, a season that would last a lifetime in the folklore of Tulane Football history. Tulane will start their season on the road with a massive opportunity against Oklahoma Sooner. A win on that first Saturday of the season, and the talks at Tulane could shift from an 8-4 season to competing for the AAC Championship and maybe just maybe a spot in a New Years Six Bowl.

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