This was supposed to be the first of several monster weeks in C-USA, with Houston headed to SMU, ECU – UCF next week, and UCF-Houston after that. Then Houston had to go and lose to Rice, taking themselves off the unbeaten (in league play) list and taking the edge off this week a little bit. Instead, we find ourselves wishing this week would just hurry up and go so we can see the other games coming up.
3:30 PM, CBS College- Houston at SMU: They’re not both undefeated, but Houston still controls it’s destiny in C-USA West, so a spot in the league championship game could still be on the line in this one. Line: SMU by 8. Right now, I think that SMU is one of the most balanced teams in the league, while Houston is now searching for some identity on both sides of the ball. SMU should take this opportunity to make a statement and take a full 3 game lead over Houston for the conference championship race. SMU 42-28.
3:30 PM- Rice at UCF: Rice’s win over Houston does keep them alive for a little while, and it might have helped keep UCF’s attention instead of glancing ahead toward the ECU-Houston-Southern Miss onslaught around the corner. Line: UCF by 21.5. I don’t know what to make of this line. UCF has blown out Marshall and UAB, but it looks like Rice might be a little better. I think UCF wins, and comfortably, but it might only be by 14-21 when all is said & done. UCF 38-17.
4:15 PM- Marshall at East Carolina: These two have the momentum going in completely opposite directions, after Marshall looked inept against UCF last Wednesday, while ECU put a stop to their second half collapses and beat NC State in overtime. Hopefully the Herd comes in with a little heart, but I’m skeptical. Line: ECU by 12.5. It’s odd to me that UCF is favored by much more, despite playing a decent team coming off a win. Marshall will score some points, but ECU will score a lot more. 45-27.
7:00 PM, ESPNU- UAB at #24 Mississippi State: UAB picked a bad year and a bad time to catch a surging Mississippi State team. Their win over UTEP last week was a step in the right direction, but the Bulldogs are rolling right now. Line: Mississippi State by 19.5. UAB proved me wrong last week, and I’d love for them to do it again…but I don’t see it. MSU takes this one 30-10.
9:05 PM- Tulane at UTEP: UTEP is still just one win away from bowl eligibility, and this could be it. However, if the Tulane team that beat Rutgers, and the UTEP team that only scored 6 on UAB show up, Tulane could take this one. Line: UTEP by 10. I like UTEP to win, but I think they’ll have to fight for it. 35-28.
SMU -8 vs. Houston
Rice +21.5 at UCF
ECU -12.5 vs. Marshall
Mississippi State -19.5 vs. UAB
Tulane +10 at UTEP