Claremore Daily Progress

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March 12, 2014

FOOTBALL: Tulsa opens AAC season with home opener against Tulane

TULSA — The University of Tulsa wastes no time in getting right into American Athletic Conference competition in its inaugural season in the conference. Tulsa kicks off the 2014 campaign at home against another new league member, the Tulane Green Wave, the first weekend of the college football season.

Tulsa's 2014 schedule features two teams that captured BCS Bowl victories and finished the season ranked among the nation's top-10 last year. Oklahoma defeated No. 3-ranked Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, while UCF defeated No. 6-ranked Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and finished the season ranked 10th in the final Associated Press poll.

Tulane (R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl), Colorado State (New Mexico Bowl), Houston (BBVA Compass Bowl) and East Carolina (Beef O'Brady's Bowl) also played in bowl games in 2013.

"We have a really competitive non-conference schedule highlighted by Oklahoma at Chapman Stadium, and road games at Colorado State and Florida Atlantic," said Tulsa Head Coach Bill Blankenship. "We're excited about moving into the American Athletic Conference this season and renewing some old rivalries with teams like Houston, Memphis, SMU, and UCF and continuing rivalries with Tulane and East Carolina."

"It will be fun to begin a new rivalry with first-time opponent South Florida and to renew a series against Temple, a game that hasn't been played since the 1980s," added Blankenship.

Tulsa will play three home games in the first month of the season. The season opener has Tulsa facing Tulane to kick off the 2014 campaign at H.A. Chapman Stadium. The game is set for Saturday, August 30th. Both teams are in their first seasons as members of The American, moving from Conference USA. Tulsa holds an 8-2 series lead against the Green Wave, winning eight straight before losing last year's game in New Orleans.

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