Hopefully next week this will actually appear on Wednesdays where I want it. And we’re rolling in the BCS Buster Watch too, since there’s only 4 unbeaten teams left.
d. Oregon State
at New Mexico State
The Broncos win over Oregon State ensures that they’ll be at the top of this list for [...]
The Mountain West had a productive weekend, with BYU being the only team to lose out of conference and getting a competitive conference game too (the one not involving New Mexico, naturally).
TCU 41, SMU 24- Good defensive play in the first half saw SMU take a 17-14 lead after an interception to start the third quarter, [...]
The weekend did not quite go as planned for the WAC, going 1-3 against the Mountain West, just 3-6 on the day, and losing one of their unbeaten teams in the process. On the flipside, Boise State won on national television and Nevada has reached #25 in the polls.
Colorado State 36, Idaho 34- 51 weeks after Idaho beat the Rams for the second of what would be 12 straight losses, CSU manages a 4th quarter comeback and wins on a last second field goal to break the skid.
Nevada 27, BYU 13- Nevada used a devastating rushing attack to defeat the Cougars, handing BYU their third consecutive loss. As noted, 4-0 Nevada is ranked for the first time since 1948.
Kansas 42, New Mexico State 16- The Aggies may have hoped for a repeat of North Dakota State’s performance against the Jayhawks, but it was not to be.
Southern Miss 13, Louisiana Tech 12- Southern Miss intercepted a La Tech pass at their own 20 late in the game to shut down the Bulldog comeback and escape with the narrow win in Ruston.
Mississippi 55, Fresno State 38- Read Post
C-USA notched a pair of one point victories to go 2-0 against other non-BCS conferences this weekend, and came up just seconds short against another pair of BCS schools. Conference play picked up some and will be in full swing next week.
Tennessee 32, UAB 29- UAB shut out Tennessee in the second half as they came back to force overtime. OT1 saw a pair of field goals, and UAB got their field goal in OT2 before UT scored their first offensive touchdown since the first quarter to steal the game back.
Kansas State 17, UCF 13- UCF dominated the game but came up short on offense, including two missed field goals that might have changed the game for good. The Wildcats slowly and steadily drove for the winning touchdown, which came with 24 seconds left on the clock.
Houston 42, Tulane 23- Read Post
The MAC got a pair of BCS wins this weekend on an otherwise predictably bad Saturday. A few others came close, but a few were on the wrong side of some major blowouts (and some bush-league play, in this blogger’s opinion).
Connecticut 45, Buffalo 21- Buffalo used a 2nd quarter rally to tie the game at 14 by halftime, but UConn switched quarterbacks and ran away in the second half.
Northwestern 30, Central Michigan 25- This game, too, was tied at halftime, but the Chips didn’t have enough time to answer the 17 straight Northwestern points that opened the second half.
Toledo 31, Purdue 20- The Rockets never trailed in this one, running out to a 17-0 lead at the break then surviving a furious rally from Purdue, who inched back to 24-20 before Toledo iced the game late. Toledo has rapidly established themselves as the team to beat in the West.
Michigan 65, Bowling Green 21- The box score suggests a little score-running-up (more on that in a minute), but the Wolverines passed only one time in the 4th quarter, for 3 yards, and still scored three touchdowns. Bowing Green just didn’t have it Saturday.
Iowa 45, Ball State 0- Not a surprising result.
Missouri 51, Miami 13- Miami is an improved team this year, but not enough to go toe-to-toe with Big 12 competition.
Penn State 22, Temple 13- The second straight week a MAC team has held Penn State to 24 or less, but again the Nittany Lions do just enough to stifle their opponents on offense. A disappointment for Temple no doubt, but they were a long shot in this one no mater what.
Ohio State 73, Eastern Michigan 20- Ok, this game was a load of crap. Read Post
The Fringe is back after a long trip to Kansas followed by another day away from a computer, so it’s time to power through the week that was so we can get on with the week coming up. The good news from a quantity standpoint is that we’re finally getting into conference play, so there aren’t quite so many games to keep track of.
For the purposes of moving quickly, not every game needs to be broken down, ie, games involving Ohio State. Attention will be focused on conference games and upsets. The What We Learned This Week sections will be abbreviated too. Without further ado, the Sun Belt:
Maryland 42, FIU 28- FIU pushes another BCS team to the brink, but can’t match the Terps late scores.
Troy 35, Arkansas State 28- Arkansas State took the lead with 50 seconds remaining in the game, but Corey Robinson engineered a 5 play, 67 yard drive to steal the game back just 28 seconds later.
Middle Tennessee State 34, Louisiana 14- The Blue Raiders came into Lafayette and steamrolled a team that was expected to compete with them for the conference title. This should be MTSU’s last game without Dwight Dasher, which sets up nicely for their championship chances.
North Texas 21, Florida Atlantic 17- James Hamilton helped the injury-riddled passing game by rushing for 122 yards, leading the Mean Green to its first win of the season and first win ever over Florida Atlantic.
ULM 21, Southeastern Louisiana 20- ULM needed a 4th quarter touchdown to reclaim the lead and the win from their FCS competition.
South Florida 24, Western Kentucky 12- USF led the whole way in this one, which concludes WKU’s four games against the BCS, with only league games left from here on in.
What We Learned This Week Read Post
The Mountain West has four games with the WAC, one with C-USA tonight, and a pair of important league games- the Air Force-Wyoming game could establish who will finish third in the league this year, while UNLV-New Mexico could dictate who finishes last.
Friday, 8:oo PM, ESPN- #5 TCU at SMU
Saturday, 2:00 PM, The Mtn- Air Force [...]
We continue our whirlwind run through near-worthless weekend previews. The Boise State – Oregon State is the highlight of the non-BCS weekend, and up there with the marquee games this weekend regardless of conference. Nevada gets a shot at a big name win when they take on a struggling BYU, and Fresno State has a chance [...]
Like Conference USA, every Sun Belt team is in action this weekend. We have a trio of conference games, a FCS cupcake, and two games against BCS competition this week.
12:00 PM, ESPNU- FIU at Maryland: FIU has pushed Rutgers and Texas A&M to the limit so far this year, and now they get a chance at [...]
C-USA has a full slate this week, with a broad mix of league games, non-BCS matchups, and chances to take on Big 6 competition.
Friday, 8:00 PM, ESPN- #5 TCU at SMU
Saturday, 12:21 PM, SEC Network- UAB at Tennessee
12:30 PM, Fox Sports Net- UCF at Kansas State
3:30 PM, CBS College- Tulane at Houston
7:00 PM- Central Arkansas at [...]