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Tulane eager to measure improvement vs. AAC

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm •  Published: August 15, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane has a new, on-campus stadium, a new conference and a new starting quarterback in 2014.

Those changes come on the heels of a 2013 campaign that saw the Green Wave post its first winning record — and earn its first bowl bid — since 2002.

Tulane looks to carrying some momentum into its maiden season in the American Athletic Conference. But coach Curtis Johnson is bracing for more difficult schedule than the Conference USA slate the Wave played in 2013.

Citing Central Florida's Fiesta Bowl victory over Baylor of the Big 12 last season, Johnson says he views the AAC as a "powerful conference."

Tulane opens play at Tulsa on Aug. 28, with redshirt freshman Tanner Lee taking over at quarterback for 2013 starter Nick Montana.