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Some painful football items

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First, the Conference USA bowl picture, sans the Thundering Herd. Second, another player of the week against the Herd.

If Tulsa wins the championship game, this will be C-USA’s bowl lineup:

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.: Tulsa
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 29, Fort Worth, Texas: Rice
Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Hawai’i: SMU
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22, New Orleans, La.: East Carolina
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, Dec. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla.: UCF

If UCF wins the championship game, this will be C-USA’s bowl lineup:

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.: UCF
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 29, Fort Worth, Texas: Tulsa
Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, Dec. 24, Honolulu, Hawai’i: SMU
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22, New Orleans, La.: Rice
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, Dec. 21, St. Petersburg, Fla.: East Carolina

Air Force is penciled in as the opponent in Fort Worth; La.-Lafayette is the host of sorts in New Orleans.

So how will C-USA do in those five games?

Second item: Shane Carden of East Carolina was C-USA’s offensive player of the week, to no surprise. Here is the list of C-USA POWs that victimized the Herd:

Offensive
Shane Carden, ECU — 439 yards, 3 TDs pass, 3 TDs run
Darrin Reaves, UAB — 180-something yards rushing, 17-yard dagger of a TD
Taylor McHargue, Rice — 300+ passing, 150+ rushing, simply ridiculous

Special teams
Quincy McDuffie, UCF — 2 TDs on kickoff returns

8 conference games, 4 opposing POWs. Rakeem Cato won an award in the Memphis game, Tyler Williams in the Rice game and Tommy Shuler in a nonconference game, at Purdue.