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Predicting the Season Game 8: The Tulane Green Wave vs. the UTEP Miners

In 2009, the Tulane Green Wave didn't improve much in Bob Toledo's third season in New Orleans. The Green Wave finished 1-7 in the Conference USA but sadly we all know who that one win was against. The for UTEP at Tulane may have been the low point in last year's UTEP season and for obvious reasons. First, the Green Wave had only won two games up to that point and one was against FCS McNeese State. McNeese State, by the way, put up 32 points in that game. In 2009, the Green Wave finished 107th in the nation (out of 120 schools) in scoring offense (16.1 ppg) and 108th in scoring defense (36.7 ppg).

Paul Myerberg, of Pre-Snap Read, discussed the hardest stretch of Tulane's '09 campaign.

Low point The Green Wave saw themselves overrun by their next four opponents. From Oct. 10 – Oct. 31, Tulane lost to Marshall, Houston, Southern Mississippi and L.S.U. by the combined score of 160-32, thanks to a penchant for turnovers and an overwhelming lack of defense.

Tulane brings back quarterback Ryan Griffin. The redshirt sophomore completed just under 64% of his passes last season for 1,382 yards with 9 touchdowns against just six interceptions. The Green Wave will have to replace Jeremy Williams, their best player last season, who caught 84 passes for j1,113 yards. He was also Tulane's second leading rusher. Expect Casey Robottom to try his best and replace Williams. Robottom, as a junior last season, caught 50 balls for 584 yards. Albert Williams is 1st on the depth chart at running back, but last season he only carried the ball 7 times for 17 yards.

Tulane opens up this Thursday against Southeastern Louisiana. After that opening scrimmage, the Green Wave have one heck of an early season schedule. In Week 2, Tulane hosts Ole Miss. Then, they travel to Houston and Rutgers. After a home game against Army, the Wave head to Tulsa. After the trip to Tulsa, Toledo's bunch heads down to El Paso. So, the Green Wave will have a stretch with four of five games on the road with trips to New Jersey and to three of the best C-USA West teams places ending in El Paso.

So, who ya got?