Tulane-UCF Game Preview

UCF hosts the three-win Tulane Green Wave. Following an emotional victory against Houston, the Knights will try to avoid a letdown in an attempt to keep their Conference USA title hopes alive.

UCF Knights vs. Tulane Green Wave

Location: Orlando, Florida (Bright House Networks Stadium)

Time: 2:00 p.m. EST

Records: UCF 6-4 (4-2 in C-USA), Tulane 3-7 (1-5 C-USA)

Team Overviews


UCF: The Knights will look to keep their slim hopes of winning the east division alive against Tulane. UCF is coming off its biggest win of the season and the team will try to keep that momentum rolling.

Tulane: It has been a disappointing season for the Green Wave, who have just one conference win. There is some firepower on offense but the relatively young squad has struggled to put it all together. Last week Tulane lost to a woeful Rice team 28-20.

UCF Offense vs. Tulane Defense

UCF: The Knights had a masterful performance against Houston last week. UCF wanted to establish the run and that they did, as Brynn Harvey had 139 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. UCF will likely look to blend that power running game with Brett Hodges and an efficient passing attack against Tulane. Hodges has been looking more and more comfortable in his past few games.

Tulane: The Green Wave have given up over 400 yards per game and opposing quarterbacks have averaged a 161 QB rating against them. The team just lacks overall playmakers, which is indicated by its 3.6 tackles for a loss per game, that's the highest amount in FCS. Chinonso Echebelem leads the team with 93 tackles, which isn't necessarily a great sign for a safety. He's been an on again, off again starter for four years now and isn't necessarily a bright spot for a pedestrian defense.

Key Matchup: Brynn Harvey vs. Tulane's front seven- UCF's line should be able to get some creases against a less than stellar front four, so Harvey must run with a chip on his shoulder and take advantage of some running room.

UCF Defense vs. Tulane Defense

UCF: UCF's front seven has been magnificent this season. The Knights have the third-ranked run defense in the nation and ends Bruce Miller and Jarvis Geathers have 10 sacks a piece. The linebackers are beginning to gel and while the secondary has had growing pains, they too are showing growth.

Tulane: Freshman Ryan Griffin is a big quarterback who has actually been decent since he became a starter midway through the season. In Tulane's last two games, Griffin has thrown for six touchdowns and just one interception. Jeremy Williams is a fantastic receiver who has nearly 1,000 yards on the season and the Green Wave also have a talented running back in Andre Anderson, who has 913 yards rushing.

Key Matchup: UCF's secondary vs. Williams- If this complete receiver can wiggle loose and get a couple of big plays then Tulane might have enough momentum to pull off an upset. The corners must have tight coverage and the safeties cannot afford to blow any coverages.


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