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posted by Lori Schmidt - 

Tulane coach Willie Fritz has more wins (203) as a college coach than Ohio State's Urban Meyer (177). 

Obviously, there's an asterisk, and it is this: only 67 of Fritz's victories have come at the NCAA Division I level. He's never even beaten a Power Five team.

On top of that, the Green Wave only has one win this year, which was their week 2 trouncing of FCS-opponent Nicholls State, 42-17.

In that victory, as well as in fairly close losses to Wake Forest and UAB, Tulane relied on their running game to lead the offense. That's really no surprise. In every game they've played since 2016, they have recorded at least 100 yards rushing. 

Junior Darius Bradwell is their bread-and-butter back with 207 yards on 39 carries. Corey Dauphine has 19 carries, and he has been explosive. 

Considering Ohio State is the only team in the country to give up 3 runs of 60 yards or more in 2018, the fact that Dauphine averages 12.3 yards per carry and has rushes of 45 and 69 yards this year has to be somewhat of a concern. 

Quarterback Jonathan Banks, at 6'2", 230 pounds, is stocky enough to contribute to the run game as well. 

As a passer, though, Banks is only completing 48 percent of his attempts, and he has 651 yards through the air. (For context, that's 239 yards fewer than Dwayne Haskins.) On the other hand, he has a touchdown to interception ratio of 5:1. 

Only two of the team's receivers, Darnell Mooney (18) and Terren Encalade (11), have more than three receptions, but they are towards the top of their conference in terms of yards per catch (17.1 and 22.5 respectively).

Defensively, the Green Wave has grabbed six interceptions, good enough to be eighth nationally in picks. Senior corner Donnie Lewis has two of those, and six passes defended overall. 

That's even more impressive when you consider Tulane isn't getting much pressure on opposing quarterbacks. They are 104th nationally with just three sacks. 

They are likewise struggling to stop teams on third down. They are ranked 121st in that category. 

The Buckeyes and Green Wave collide at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Extra Points

  • Tulane will not have a player from Ohio on their traveling roster. 
  • The Green Wave has never beaten a team ranked in the top 5, and has lost their last 40 games against ranked teams. 
  • The receiving corp at Tulane is so thin behind Mooney and Encalade, the team has recently moved backup quarterbacks Dane Ledford and Christian Daniels out wide.

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