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Tulane, UAB announce home-and-home series

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Tulane and UAB will meet in a split home-and-home series, the schools jointly announced Tuesday.

UAB will host the Green Wave Sept. 15, 2018, with the Blazers heading to New Orleans on Sept. 25, 2021.

The former Conference USA rivals have met nine times from 1999 through 2012, with Tulane holding a 5-4 edge. The Green Wave will enter the home-and-home on a two-game winning streak, taking the most recent meeting in a 55-45 decision on Oct. 27, 2012 at the Superdome.

“Regionally, this is a great game that both fan bases will be able to travel for,” UAB head coach Bill Clark said in a statement. “This is in the recruiting radius of both schools so it should be a great series.”

UAB’s scheduling of Tulane will necessitate a new date for its previously scheduled non-conference game against Coastal Carolina; the new game date is still to be determined. The Blazers will visit Texas A&M a week after their visit to Birmingham.

Tulane has previously scheduled two Power Five opponents in both 2018 and 2021. The Green Wave is set to face Ohio State and Wake Forest in 2018 — the UAB series with UAB will replace a game with Georgia Tech — and Oklahoma and Ole Miss in 2021.

“When we scheduled Ohio State, we knew we would have to move some things around,” Tulane AD Troy Dannen told the New Orleans Advocate. “Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for us to play three Power Five schools in the same season. When we couldn’t get the dates together, we just had to cancel it.”

Tulane also announced a home date with Grambling and a home-and-home with Florida International.

Georgia Tech’s 2019 game vs. Notre Dame pushed back a year

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Fans of Georgia Tech will have to wait an extra year for the next matchup with an iconic college football program.

As part of a flurry of scheduling news that involves a handful of FBS programs, Tech has confirmed that its 2019 game against Notre Dame has been pushed back to the 2020 season.  That game will be played Nov. 14 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

The Yellow Jackets’ future games with the Irish, as part of that football independent’s scheduling agreement with the ACC, will remain unchanged — 2021 in South Bend, 2024 in Atlanta.

As we have noted previously, Tech also moved up a future home-and-home with USF.  That series, originally scheduled for 2021-22, has been moved up to 2018 in Tampa and 2019 in Atlanta.

Additionally, Tech has reached an agreement for a one-off game with Bowling Green for Sept. 29, 2018.

And, finally, per the release, “the 2018 game between Georgia Tech and Tulane has been cancelled and the status of the 2019 Tech-Tulane contest is to be determined.”  Tulane did the cancelling of the 2018 game, and will be obligated, per the agreement signed by both schools, to pay Tech $300,000.

Tulane is willing to eat that buyout because it will play Ohio State that season in a game that will net the athletic department in excess of $1 million.

Arkansas State, Air Force, Northern Illinois, San Diego State on Big 12’s expansion list, too

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Friday it was reported that Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will be conducting videoconferences with the 17 schools that have contacted the conference expressing interest in becoming a member of the league.  Of those 17, 14 schools were known.

Now we know the other three schools, as well as an 18th interested in membership.

As we had previously noted, San Diego State was believed to be one of the original 17 mentioned by ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy.  McMurphy confirmed SDSU is one of the now-18 that’ll state their case to the league, while also noting that the Sun Belt’s Arkansas State, Mountain West’s Air Force and MAC’s Northern Illinois will do so as well.

So, for those keeping score at home, below is a conference-by-conference breakdown of potential additions to the Big 12.

AMERICAN
Cincinnati
East Carolina
Houston
Memphis
SMU
Temple
Tulane
UCF
UConn
USF

INDEPENDENT
BYU

MAC
Northern Illinois

MOUNTAIN WEST
Air Force
Boise State
Colorado State
New Mexico
San Diego State

SUN BELT
Arkansas State

While 18 schools will be afforded the opportunity to stump for their inclusion, it’s believed that some combination of BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, UCF and UConn will ultimately be part of any expansion.  While it remains to be seen whether the Big 12 expands by two or four, McMurphy also reported that it’s “less and less likely” that current 10-team conference will expand by four.

It has previously been reported that the Big 12 would like to settle the expansion issue before the start of the upcoming season, although that appears, like adding four schools, less and less likely.  Instead, a decision might not be made until a board of directors meeting scheduled for October.

Miss. St. to resume series with Tulane with future home-and-home

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Mississippi State’s long-running series with Tulane will be back on again a little own the road.

Both football programs announced in press releases that they have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.  The Green Wave will travel to Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville Oct. 3, 2020, while the Bulldogs will visit Yulman Stadium in New Orleans on Oct. 7, 2023.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Tulane AD Troy Dannen to renew the longstanding football series between the Bulldogs and Green Wave,” MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “New Orleans is a great destination for our Bulldog fans and a place we hope to get to more often in the future.”

In a series that dates back to 1901, the two schools have met a total of 58 times.  MSU holds a narrow 30-26-2 advantage in those games.

The Bulldogs, though, have won 13 of the last 17 meetings, the last of which came in 2007.

Report: Big 12 will talk to 17 schools, expanding by two more likely than four

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While no announcement is imminent, it appears there’s some additional clarity on the Big 12 expansion front.

First and foremost, ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy is reporting, it’s becoming what sources described as “less and less likely” that the Big 12 will expand to 14 from its current 10-school membership.  Instead, the conference likely either stand pat or add just two teams.  The latter move would allow the conference to split into two six-team divisions.

As for potential expansion candidates, McMurphy reports that commissioner Bob Bowlsby will conduct videoconferences with the 17 schools that have contacted the conference expressing interest in becoming a member of the league.  Those 17 schools include oft-mentioned suspects such as Boise State, Cincinnati, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Houston, Memphis, Tulane, UCF, UConn and USF.  Additionally, East Carolina, New Mexico, SMU and Temple are part of the large group looking for inclusion.

Only 14 of the 17 schools that will be a part of the videoconferences were listed by McMurphy.  It’s believed San Diego State is another of the 17.  Air Force, Fresno State and Hawaii have also been previously mentioned as possibilities.

It’s believed that some combination of BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, UCF and UConn will ultimately be part of any expansion.  The first one mentioned when it comes to presumptive front-runners will, however, have to overcome some negative attention some of its policies have received as of late.

It has previously been reported that the Big 12 would like to settle the expansion issue before the start of the upcoming season, although that appears, like adding four schools, less and less likely.  Instead, a decision might not be made until a board of directors meeting scheduled for October.