Team preview: Tulane

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After some steady progress after Chris Scelfo's first season, Tulane's improvement has leveled off the last two years. The Green Wave has won just five games each of the last two seasons and is in the middle of streak in which it has won just seven of its last 20 games.

Scelfo is not in any danger in New Orleans. His contract was extended through the 2009 season, and the Louisiana native is tied for fourth in school history with 31 victories and remains the only coach in school history with two bowl victories. He's sent eight players to the NFL, including a pair of quarterbacks who were first-round draft picks.

"I think we've solidified our place in college football," Scelfo said. "I think our student-athletes have expanded themselves in the classroom and on the field. We've got one of the deepest, youngest teams we've ever had. But we're as solid across the board as we have been."

That's certainly true on offense, where the line is deep and experienced, where there's another explosive quarterback and where the backfield is filled with options.

In order to win more games, however, Scelfo knows the Green Wave must play better defensively. There's not a whole lot returning, and this was a unit that ranked near the bottom of almost every statistical category.