The Green Wave won the American Athletic Conference title and defeated USC 46-45 at the Cotton Bowl. They finished last season 12-2. “We want to surpass the standard. Tulane, ranked 24th in the AAC, has been selected to repeat as champion. The Green Wave is trying to build off last season’s achievements while also recognizing that Saturday night marks a new beginning. The positive is that we now know what we are capable of, as a group. Our team is completely different. We’re excited about what we can achieve and how far we can go. “
Tulane has to replace running back Tyjae Spears, the Cotton Bowl MVP who rushed for 1,581 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and was a third-round draft choice of the Tennessee Titans.
Jaguars coach Kane Wommack won’t need any time to figure out his No. La’Damian Webb, who has rushed for 1,000 yards in the past two seasons, is returning. Wommack challenged his team to “crank up the dial” in their respective areas. “Great programs need great opportunities and for us to take steps forward we need opportunities like a game against Tulane.
Wommack called the opener, which comes in the same city where USA lost to Western Kentucky 44-23 in the New Orleans Bowl in its last game, “one of the best Group of Five matchups in all of college football this year. “
I think both teams are heading in the right directions,” Wommack stated. “You have to prepare, prepare and then prepare some more. Then you will get the chance to see what you are doing and where you stand. “
– Media at Field Level