2017 Football Preview – AAC – Golden Hurricane
Looking for 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane predictions? The Golden Hurricane last year were not expected to do as well as they did. They were expected to be a fringe bowl team at best, but that was far from the case. They finished the season 10-3 and got themselves into a really nice bowl game. But they have lost a lot of firepower from last year, and people are expecting them to take a little step back from their ten win season last year.
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So will they take a step back like most people expect? Or will they be able to surprise people again and have another nice showing this year?
2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Predictions: Team Strengths
Defensive Unit: Last year the defensive unit was strong as a team. If you just looked at their stats they didn’t look that great on paper, but when the time came for them to make a big stop they would come through in the clutch.
For the defense it all comes down to the front four first. When they lost games last year it was because teams would run wild on them. In most games however they were really good against the run and it turned into a very successful season.
They also got very deep in the defensive back department which should really help their success if they do have players go down with injuries.
Solid Up Front: One of the big strengths of this team, and a part of the team that didn’t lose much of their firepower is the offensive line. Last year the offensive line was an above average unit, and that is expected to be the case again this year.
Chandler Miller is back at the center position to anchor the offensive linemen. He is the best offensive linemen in the conference, and one of the best in the nation. If he can have another good year this year, he will probably be one of the first centers off the board in the draft.
This offensive line helped the running backs average a little over five yards a carry, and 33 touchdowns on the ground. The team also had eight games last year where they rushed for over 300 yards.
2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Who’s At Quarterback?: Dane Evans was a star at the quarterback position for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane last year, but he is graduated and moved on and now they need to figure out who they are going to have man that position this year.
The two top options to replace him are Chad President and Luke Skipper, both who are mobile quarterbacks but don’t have as much arm strength as Evans.
They are also underclassmen so no matter which one is chosen to be the starter there is going to be some growing pains early, and probably some mistakes.
They are going to need to have good play from whoever they decide to go with though, if they want to keep up the momentum from last year.
Closing Out Games: Last season could have been much different if they could have closed out close games against good teams.
They lost close games to Houston and Navy last year, and if they could have came out ahead in those games they could have finished the season with only one loss.
They are expecting to be in close games again this year, and they need to learn how to close them out.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Prediction: 8-4
This Tulsa schedule is going to really test them, and they will know real early on if they are for real. They play Oklahoma State and Toledo inside the first three weeks.
If they can go 1-1 in those two games they will be feeling really good about their chances this season.
I don’t think they will though. I think they will go 0-2 in those games and they will end up taking a little step back losing four games this season.
2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football Schedule
- 8/31/17 7:30 PM ET @OKST
- 9/9/17 4:00 PM ET ULL
- 9/16/17 7:00 PM ET @TOL
- 9/23/17 TBD UNM
- 9/30/17 TBD NAVY
- 10/7/17 TBD @TULN
- 10/14/17 TBD HOU
- 10/21/17 TBD @CONN
- 10/27/17 9:00 PM ET @SMU
- 11/3/17 TBD MEM
- 11/18/17 TBD @USF
- 11/25/17 TBD TEM
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