14 games in the league this week, a lot to munch on. Here we go:
The best and worst of last week:
Best 3 results
There weren’t 3 good results, unless you really want to count Marshall’s 62-0 win over Morgan State or Southern Mississippi’s 56-0 whuppin’ of Savannah State. Savannah eked out 41 total yards.
Ugh. I’ll name a valiant effort in defeat, which is …
Colorado State 23, Texas-San Antonio 14: The Roadrunners lost momentum late in the second half, while up 17-14. First, they allowed a 45-yard pass, then committed TWO offsides penalties on missed field goals. The third try was good, allowing the Rams to lead 20-14. The Roadrunners failed to score on their last seven possessions.
Worst 3 results
Miami 38, Florida Atlantic 10: The Owls punted on their first seven possessions. Somehow, the Owls only fell behind 7-0 in that time, but eventually the roof caved in. Total yardage: Miami 474, FAU 214.
Alabama 38, Western Kentucky 10: It wasn’t really that the Hilltoppers struggled against the No. 1 team in the land, but it was losing QB Mike White. He is undergoing concussion protocol, but coach Jeff Brohm is optimistic he’ll play this week at Miami (Ohio).
White was knocked out by an after-the-whistle body slam by Crimson Tide linebacker late in the second quarter.
Appalachian State 31, Old Dominion 7: The Mountaineers outscored the Monarchs 80-7 in 2015 and 2016 meetings. ASU went up 17-0 after three possessions.
ODU’s Anthony Wilson was named C-USA’s player of the week after his 11 tackles and three sacks.
C-USA vs. G-5
Southern Methodist 34, North Texas 21
Texas-El Paso 38, New Mexico State 22
Appalachian State 31, Old Dominion 7
Colorado State 23, UTSA 14
C-USA best results vs. P-5
Southern Miss 44, Kentucky 35
Arkansas 21, Louisiana Tech 20 (Tech had ball with lead in 4th quarter)
Indiana 34, Florida International 13 (near-miss by loosest definition; FIU had ball in Indiana territory down by 7 in 4th quarter)
This week’s offerings, in order of interest (MU-Akron not included):
Middle Tennessee at Bowling Green, noon, ASN/ESPN3 — Both teams are the preseason favorites on their respective league’s East Division, so Conference USA’s TV-devastated pride is on the line.
Troy at Southern Miss, 7 p.m., beIN Sports — Amazingly, the Eagles scored their first shutout since 2009 and are 2-0 for the first time since that same year. Ito Smith and George Payne both rushed for 100-plus yards for the second straight game, and Allenzae Staggers was special teams player of the week for a 75-yard punt return.
Troy gave Clemson a major scare last week, but they still might be a mid-pack Sun Belt school. We’ll see
ODDS: Southern Miss by 10.5. EAGLES TO FINISH STRONG.
Louisiana Tech at Texas Tech, 7 p.m., Fox Sports Net — Trent Taylor was C-USA’s offensive player of the week after his 11 catches for 178 yards rung up South Carolina State. The Bulldogs will need him to double that — don’t laugh, it can happen — against a Red Raider team that scored 55 in regulation and still lost by 13.
The teams haven’t met since 1933. ODDS: Texas by 10.5. TAKE THE BULLDOGS.
WKU at MIami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m., ESPN3 — Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm is optimistic White will be available, but aren’t all coaches that way about their QB? I’d be more optimistic about blanking the RedHawks after those slugs were beaten 21-17 by Eastern Illinois.
ODDS: WKU by 17.5. TAKE THE HILLTOPPERS
Eastern Michigan at Charlotte, 6 p.m. C-USA TV — This is a tribute to my sick, twisted, bottom-dwelling humor. A long time ago at the Charleston Daily Mail, I wrote a college column and would pick the pillow fight that week, and the score always would be 3-2.
In that spirit … Odds: Eastern Michigan by 3. TAKE THE 49ERS, I GUESS.
Florida International at Massachusetts, 3:30 p.m., ASN — This game will indeed be played on campus at UMass’ 17,000-seat McGuirk Stadium. Not sure how well the Minutemen draw, but 10,000 empties would make the Panthers feel right at home.
FIU QB Alex McGough was hurt twice last week against Maryland, but he is expected to make his 26th straight start. And how do the Minutemen function post-Frohnapfel? ODDS: FIU by 1. PANTHERS, I GUESS.
Army at Texas-El Paso, 7 p.m., ASN — Fun fact: Army’s quarterback is Ahmad Bradshaw, and he leads the team in passing with 4 of 9 for 66 yards. In two games.
UTEP’s Aaron Jones has 372 rushing yards, and should get 150 more here … but it won’t be enough. ODDS: Army by 3.5. GO ARMY.
Baylor at Rice, 8 p.m. Friday, ESPN — ODDS: Baylor by 31.5. TAKE THE BEARS.
ODU at North Carolina State, 6 p.m., ESPN3 — ODDS: N.C. State by 23.5. AGAIN, RIDE THE FAVORITES.
FAU at Kansas State, 2:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net — ODDS: Kansas State by 25.5. CHANGING IT UP, TAKE THE OWLS.
Arizona State at UTSA, 9:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN2 — ODDS: ASU by 20.5. TAKE THE SUN DEVILS.
North Texas at Florida, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU — I guess it really is too early for a homecoming game in the SEC. ODDS: Florida by 36. OMG! TAKE THE GATORS.
Last week: 3-5. Season: 8-7.