Tulane has lost eight in a row to Tulsa, not winning in the series since 1968. But the Wave is off to its best start since the unbeaten season of 1998 and is a win from earning bowl eligibility for the first time since 2002.
Rice (5-2, 3-0) plays UTEP at the same 3:30 p.m. EDT time as the Tulsa-Tulane game, so the Owls might win the race to C-USA's first bowl berth. East Carolina (3-1 C-USA) is also 5-2 overall, but has the week off.
Other games Saturday, in chronological order:
Alabama-Birmingham (2-4, 1-1) at Texas-San Antonio (2-5, 1-2), 5 p.m.: UAB took a 21-7 lead two weeks ago at Florida International, but needed a late Ty Long field goal to win 27-24. Darrin Reaves has 502 yards rushing, on pace to repeat his 1,037 yards of 2012.
Louisiana Tech (2-5, 1-2) at FIU (1-5, 1-1), 6 p.m.: Since their 72-0 evisceration by Louisville, the Panthers have outgained two foes by a combined 19 total yards. After the Cardinals roughed FIU 464-27 in that statistic, that's nothing to sneeze at.
North Texas (4-3, 2-1) at Southern Mississippi (0-6, 0-2), 7 p.m.: The Golden Eagles are 13th (or last) in the league in just about every offensive category and are minus-14 in turnovers. That's not a good recipe to end an 18-game losing streak.
Florida Atlantic (2-5, 1-4) at Auburn, 7:30 p.m.: Ah, yes, it's homecoming in the SEC!
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