Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Head coach: Montgomery (18-20, fourth year)
2017 record and S&P+ ranking: 2-10 (116th)
Projected 2018 record and S&P+ ranking: 4-8 (108th)
Five key points:
Tulsa has been one of college football’s most volatile programs, mixing four 10-loss seasons with five 10-win seasons in just 17 years.
Under Montgomery, the instability has only increased: TU went 10-3 in 2016 and 2-10 last year.
The offense was too inconsistent to make up for a defense that collapsed. Montgomery felt shaky enough about his D’s depth that he brought in seven JUCO defenders.
Running back Shamari Brooks is a future stud, and the passing game enjoys far more continuity this year, so a rebound to 35-plus points per game is conceivable.
The schedule doesn’t feature many sure wins, so even with another strong offense, Tulsa’s going to need something from the defense.