Welcome to the second installment of "Maybe Tulane’s Loss Didn’t Look All That Bad: Or How I Learned To Love Bad Football." Sure, the Green Wave got pummeled for a second consecutive week against a superior opponent – but what about all of those other teams Tulane will face in 2015?
Let’s take a look at the best win and worst loss featuring the Green Wave’s opponents.
Best win: Temple over Cincinnati
Are the Owls for real?
It’s starting to look like it.
This is the second consecutive week Temple finds itself in the ‘Best win’ spot. Last week the Owls spotted Penn State to a 10-0 lead before posting a 27-0 victory. One week later, Temple trumped Cincinnati 34-26 in both team’s conference opener.
By no means were the Owls spotless as they allowed 427 yards through the air, but they did pick off four passes. Temple running back Jahad Thomas shredded the Bearcats’ defense for 193 yards on 26 carries and should be a force the rest of the season.
Honorable Mention: Houston over Louisville.
Worst loss: Stanford over UCF
Central Florida might not be good this year.
One week after the Knights lost to Florida International, they fell on the road to Stanford. While that’s not an unexpected result in the slightest (figuring the Cardinal had some lofty expectations entering the season), Stanford still lost to Northwestern in Week 1. Go ahead and read that again – Northwestern.
To add injury to insult, UCF quarterback Justin Holman banged his hand off the helmet of a Stanford player early in the game and didn’t return. The backup quarterbacks for the Knights (Bo Schneider and Tyler Harris) combined to complete just 14 of their 34 passes for 151 yards and one interception.
Honorable Mention: UConn over Army.
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