Including Saturday’s 28-23 loss at Oklahoma State, the University of Tulsa football team has dropped 13 consecutive games against teams from Power Five conferences.
The last win for the Hurricane against a Power Five opponent was Dec. 31, 2012, a 31-17 victory against Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl. Tulsa next plays at No. 9 Ohio State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a tall task that could result in an 0-3 start to the year.
“Obviously, our (nonconference) schedule is very difficult,” coach Philip Montgomery said when the 2021 schedule came out. “We know the challenges that lie ahead of us during the first month with road games at Oklahoma State and Ohio State.”
TU plays at least one Power Five team each year, typically receiving seven-figure paychecks for stand-alone road games, like the $1.1 million received for Saturday’s game. Upcoming nonconference road opponents include Ole Miss in 2022 ($1.45 million) and Washington in 2023 ($1.6 million).
Here is a look at TU’s games against Power Five teams in the past decade:
2012: at Iowa State, 38-23 loss; vs. Iowa State (Liberty Bowl), 31-17 win
2013: at Oklahoma, 51-20 loss; Iowa State, 38-21 loss
2014: Oklahoma, 52-7 loss
2015: at Oklahoma, 52-38 loss
2016: at Ohio State, 48-3 loss
2017: at Oklahoma State, 59-24 loss
2018: at Texas, 28-21 loss; at Arkansas, 23-0 loss
2019: at Michigan State, 28-7 loss; Oklahoma State, 41-21 loss
2020: at Oklahoma State, 16-7 loss; vs. Mississippi State (Armed Forces Bowl), 28-26 loss
2021: at Oklahoma State, 28-23 loss