Tulsa Golden Hurricane 2022 College Football Preview
July 6, 2022
Record – 7-6
ATS – 8-5
The Golden Hurricane were slow off the mark and lost four of their first five games, and one of those defeats came at the hands of something known as UC Davis. They finished strong giving Cincinnati all they could handle (L 28-20) and ended up winning their final four contests. The season ended in fine fashion with a 30-17 win over Old Dominion in the Myrtle Beach Bowl.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane 2022 Outlook
Tulsa did good things on offense LY (#34 FBS rush offense, #53 passing offense) but they would’ve been a lot more productive (26.4 PPG, #81) if not for the barrel-full of interceptions thrown by QB Davis Brin (18-16 TD to INT). We expect Brin to be much better in year two as the starter as his 411 (!) attempts LY should pay dividends. Three of their top-four WRs depart but note that Keylon Stokes is back in the mix and he led the team in receptions and receiving yards during the 2020 PLANDEMIC season. They’re very deep at RB and should be able to withstand the departure of 1,000-yard rusher Shamari Brooks. The only worry (and it’s a yuuuge one) is an inexperienced OL that returns just two starters, and recall that they lost their LT in the 1st round of the NFL draft.
The Golden Hurricane have been pretty good recently and they’ve allowed fewer than 30 PPG in three of the last four campaigns (26.6 PPG LY, #5 AAC). Six starters are back for duty but they’ll be working with a new DC in 2022. Losing star DT Jaxon Player stings quite a bit (14 TFL, 7 QBH) but they should still be fine up front given the addition of a pair of Power 5 transfers, not to mention the return of leading sack man DE Anthony Goodlow (6). Leading tackler LB Justin Wright in back as well as three starters in the secondary. This still looks like a good group overall.
We like the look of things with the return of basically everyone of consequence, but note that the great PHIL STEELE had these guys ranked #116 on special teams LY, thanks mostly to allowing an impossible four (!) KO return TDs. PK Zack Long is a ROBOT (22/23 FG LY) and KR Anthony Watkins booked a TD in 2021.
Overall – Tulsa should be able to split their four non-conference games although that’s not a certainty. They miss UCF but have to play Memphis and Houston on the road in November.
Potential ATS Trouble Spot – September 24th – at Ole Miss
It’s never easy taking on the FIGHTING KIFFINS and note that Tulsa has a yuuuge home game with Cincinnati on deck that opens up their AAC schedule.
Season Win Total
per BetOnline July 6
Over 6 -110
Under 6 -130
We’d be very surprised if this team didn’t achieve bowl eligibility.
Tulsa has the smallest undergraduate enrollment of any FBS football school.
HC Philip Montgomery boasts a fine 48-35-1 mark vs Vegas (58%).
The roster isn’t overwhelming but there are no glaring weaknesses other than a lack of experience on the offensive line that could cause problems. QB Davis Brin has a shot to blossom and the defense could be better than advertised. We’ll call for six or seven wins and think they’ll be in the mix to make the AAC title game heading into November.
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