This is a quieter week in the western leagues, matchup-wise, before the fireworks start next week (TCU-Utah, Hawaii-Boise).
2:00 PM, The Mtn- San Diego State at Wyoming: The season comes down to this for the Cowboys- find a way to beat SDSU, and they could conceivably win out and find a bowl home at 6-6. Meanwhile, [...]
At long last, the final four teams that I haven’t attached an arbitrary grade to. Here are Boise State, Fresno State, Idaho, and New Mexico State.
Record: 7-0, 3-0 WAC
Highlights: Wins against Virginia Tech and Oregon State, #1 in total defense nationally, leading conference in a great many stat categories.
Weak Points: The schedule, also [...]
The MAC has finally reached the end of its loaded Saturday schedules, which is cool because previewing & recapping 7 or 8 MAC games every week gets a little tedious. Weeknight play begins next Thursday for the league.
12:00 PM- Northern Illinois at Western Michigan: The marquee game of the week in the MAC, as Western will [...]
We’re finally getting into the meat of the conference schedule, although even this week we have C-USA teams going out of conference for games. Nonetheless, the results of the games tomorrow will have a profound impact on the league championship race.
12:00 PM, CSS- UAB at Southern Miss: Southern Miss has been playing well lately, but UAB [...]
Last night NC State rallied to beat #16 FSU. Ordinarily, I would care very little about this game, but since NC State has faced both ECU and UCF, who play tomorrow, the game became a bit of a measuring stick for the state of non-BCS college football, at least at the top end.
My conclusion- the gap [...]
The end is near on these silly report cards- just six teams left in the two western leagues. And most of them are pretty good teams- coming up with new ways to talk about 1 and 2 win teams gets tiresome after a while. Here’s San Diego State and Utah.
San Diego State
Record: 5-2, 2-1 Mountain West
Busy week for the Belt, with four games Saturday and a national game Tuesday night (which is technically week 10, but who’s counting). The highlight of the weekend should be the Shula Bowl, as FIU continues trying to make up ground toward bowl eligibility.
2:00 PM- Louisiana at Ohio: Louisiana takes it’s struggling operation out of conference [...]
Schedulers across the non-BCS universe have done a nice job arranging for back-loaded championship races in all 5 leagues. These are getting lost in the national race, of course, so here’s a look at some games to keep in mind as we steam toward the end of the year. We’ll give it another week or so, [...]
Unlike the MAC, plenty of C-USA teams enjoyed bye weeks in the early going, meaning it took a bit longer to cross the halfway point. Then I didn’t write anything last week, so now most of them have 7 games in the books, but that’s close enough. Time to catch up with East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Tulane, UAB, and UCF.
Record: 5-2, 3-0 Conference USA
Highlights: Overtime win over NC State, Hail Mary win over Tulsa, #1 pass offense in a pass-happy league, #3 total & scoring offense.
Weak Points: Second half collapses against Virginia Tech and UNC, 10th in the league in pass and total defense.
Grade: A-. Other than two bad halves, ECU has been outstanding this year, vastly outperforming expectations. The defense is still suspect, but so far the offense has been good enough to escape any close games in the league.
Remaining Games: at UCF, Navy, at UAB, at Rice, SMU
Best Case: 5-0, into the top 25, conference title and another Liberty Bowl berth.
Worst Case: 2-3. With 3 quality opponents left, if someone solves the offensive attack, ECU could be in trouble.
Prediction: 3-2. I’ll be predicting a UCF win this weekend, and suspect that ECU will split between Navy and SMU. 8-4 on the season, and right now I have them projected to play Clemson in the Eaglebank Bowl in DC.
Record: 4-3, 1-1 C-USA
Highlights: 25 point win over league leading SMU, #1 scoring offense in C-USA, 9th nationally
Weak Points: loss to cross-town rival Rice, disappointing results against BCS teams, worst rushing defense in the league.
Grade: Read Post
Most of the MAC played six straight to open the season, but three stragglers (Buffalo, Kent State, and Western Michigan), took a little longer.
Record: 2-5, 1-2 MAC
Highlights: Road win at Bowling Green, #1 pass defense in the league, #4 total defense.
Weak Points: 42-0 shutout to Temple, #12 scoring offense despite mid-pack total offense numbers.