New Kid On The Block vs. The Champ
By Dan Harralson
The new kid on the block making a scene this year in Conference USA is Tulane.
The team they are trying to dethrone is the defending champ, Tulsa.
They meet Saturday. The Golden Hurricane travel to New Orleans for what's become a much-anticipated game. Tulane's 5-2 overall record (a perfect 3-0 in conference play) is the reason why Saturday's game has built interest.
Tulsa has struggled this year, but they still are Tulsa and they still are hungry for another conference championship. Tulsa may be 2-4 on the season, but it stands 1-1 in the conference.
What does this game mean inside the C-USA West Division race?
Tulane and Rice are both 3-0. Tulsa lost to Rice, 30-27, and will play East Carolina and Marshall from the East. Saturday's game against Tulane has turned into a must win for Bill Blankenship's team.
What does this game mean for Tulane?
Tulane is searching for six wins before they really can start thinking big. They haven't been bowling since 2002 and they need to achieve that feat first. A win Saturday would be number six and also the start of believing this team can play for bigger things. A win against Tulsa could lead to an undefeated conference showdown against Rice in Tulane's last game of the regular season.
Look for this to be a tight ball game Saturday. I'm seeing a 27-24 type game with Tulsa victorious.