Tulane Green Wave
Head coach: Willie Fritz (9-15, third year)
2017 record and S&P+ ranking: 5-7 (89th)
Projected 2018 record and S&P+ ranking: 5-7 (98th)
Five key points:
Tulane was literally inches away from only its second bowl bid in 15 years but faces a pretty rugged path to getting those last few inches this fall.
Fritz just signed an awesome recruiting class and boasts a potential sophomore stars on defense. That’s great for 2019, but … 2018? Less certain.
That’s most true up front — the defensive line returns just one of last year’s top five and all sorts of young three-stars. Their development could dictate the team’s fate.
Cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr. is a keeper, and the secondary is pretty experienced.
For all the defensive questions, the offense could be fun. Four-star transfer Corey Dauphine joining QB Jonathan Banks, a seasoned skill corps, and most of last year’s line. Tulane might not win a ton of games, but those games will be pointsy.