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September 27, 2007I think it is safe to say that the Tulane Green Wave did not have much time to celebrate their first win of the season. The reason why is due to their next opponent. Tulane will wrap up their season opening four game home stand against the second ranked team in the nation in rival LSU.
Tulane coach Bob Toledo says that the Tigers are the real deal.
"I think they are well coached. Yes they have players, but a lot of people have good players and they don't coach them well. These guys are well coached."
Tulane traveled to Baton Rouge last season and lost to the Tigers 49-7. Many feel that this years Tigers team could be better that the 2006 Tigers that finished the season ranked 3rd in the country.
"Well let's put it this way, I am on that committee that pick them and I voted them No. 1 the whole year ahead of USC in the coaches poll," Toledo said.
Toledo went on to sing the praises of the Tigers in his weekly press conference.
"I think they are a fantastic football team. I don't see any weaknesses, I really don't. They are so good they have two outstanding quarterbacks and receivers all over the place with speed. Their defense is phenomenal. They don't have to punt much or kick many field goals."
Tulane is coming off their first win of the season as they defeated Division I-AA Southeastern Louisiana 35-27 last Saturday in the Louisiana Superdome. The Wave got a record breaking day from senior running back Matt Forte.
Forte' rushed for 300-yards and five touchdowns in the Wave's win over the Lions. Toledo said it was good for his team to break the ice and get their first win of the season.
"The biggest thing for me is that I am happy for the kids. They have worked so hard and it was kind of a situation where they needed to have some dividends shown and so I think it paid off that they worked hard and we won.
Toledo knows that the task at hand this week against LSU will be very difficult but he is proud of the way his club has responded after two home losses to open the 2007 season.
"They feel good about themselves. I thought we showed great resiliency, and we didn't quit at all. Again it was the third game in a row where we were down and we have to come back. I think that speaks volumes about the character of this football team."
Tulane's players of the week were running back Matt Forte on offense, Antonio Harris (11 tackles, four for a loss) on defense and David Skehan was named special teams player of the week.
Toledo also announced that Anthony Scelfo will start at quarterback for Tulane Saturday when the play host to LSU.