In a week that offered the chance to finalize a few things in the league, the exact opposite happened, and now nothing will be set in stone until the final whistle on November 27.
Southern Miss 31, UCF 21- USM came in and stunned UCF on their home field, rallying from an early 14-0 deficit to run [...]
This is an idea I should have had, oh, 11 weeks ago for a nice Saturday post. Regardless, here are the games on nationally available TV networks for when you get sick of Cam Newton this and BCS Standings that. Except on the TCU game, I’m sure BCS Standings will be mentioned. All times eastern, rankings [...]
Conference USA is hurtling toward its championship game, and the East division could be wrapped up by dinnertime Saturday (but probably not). The West is still wide open, as the teams over there have plenty of good games coming up, but one this week could alter the course there too.
8:00 PM Thursday- East Carolina at UAB: [...]
C-USA had a busy week, with 7 games going on and only 1 of the league’s ‘Big 4′ getting through unscathed. UCF, meanwhile, has earned its first Top 25 rankings in school history, sitting 23rd in the coaches and 25th in the AP and Harris polls.
UCF 40, Houston 33- UCF survived a shootout with the Cougars, [...]
The weekend was a good one for Conference USA. Despite a lack of national TV coverage, the UCF-ECU game lived up to the hype, Tulsa knocked off a big opponent on a national stage, and two other games came down to the wire.
UAB 50, Southern Miss 49- Since getting shelled at UCF a few weeks ago, [...]
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 [...]
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
More chaos in C-USA West this weekend, as the clear leader steps aside for the pre-season favorite while UTEP appears to be in freefall. On the East side, everything went according to plan as the Game of the Year of the Week looms this Saturday.
UCF 41, Rice 14- Rice couldn’t sustain any momentum from their win over Houston, as UCF scores touchdowns on it’s first six possessions, including 5 for 5 in the first half. Next Week: ECU at UCF, Rice is idle.
Houston 45, SMU 20- Read Post
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, [...]