Storyline: Building blocks
The question this week is the same one faced two weeks ago: Can Tulane capitalize on its success? The Green Wave underwhelmed in its previous opportunity, following its season-opening win with a 41-39 loss to South Alabama. But the Green Wave rebounded last week to upend Louisiana Tech on the road and now has a chance to win consecutive games for the first time since 2009. Tulane hasn’t won consecutive road games since November 1998.
Keep an eye on: Syracuse QB Terrel Hunt
Sophomore quarterback Terrel Hunt will make his first start for the Orange, replacing senior Drew Allen. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Hunt earned the nod after Allen threw six interceptions in losses to Penn State and Northwestern, then failed to produce a first down in three drives against Wagner. When Hunt entered in Allen’s place, the Orange’s production took an upward turn. His 265 yards and three touchdowns yielded a 54-0 victory over the FCS Seahawks.
Key matchup: Tulane DT Julius Warmsley vs. Syracuse C Macky MacPherson
Warmsley repeatedly cut through Louisiana Tech’s interior line last week to rack up five tackles for loss, including a critical fumble-inducing sack in the fourth quarter. He’ll be met this week by MacPherson, a Rimington Award candidate who will be making his 30th consecutive start.
X Factor: Dome, sweet dome
Playing its final season in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Tulane is making the most of its climate-controlled options, with eight indoor games scheduled. Syracuse and Tulane are two of five FBS schools to play home games indoors, and the Green Wave will travel to UT-San Antonio later in the year. (Idaho and Georgia State are the other FBS programs who call a dome home.) Tulane last won in the Carrier Dome 26-24 on Nov. 10, 1990. The Green Wave’s last trip to central New York was a 47-17 loss to Syracuse on Oct. 21, 1999.