Hello, Herd fans!
I masterfully displayed by inability to pick Conference USA games against the spread, chucking 5 of the 6 games last week. (Hey to Louisiana Tech for saving me.)
A good Marshall note in a season lacking them: Kaare Vedvik was named the league’s special-teams player of the week for his 72-yard bomb and numerous time pinning Southern Mississippi deep in its end.
Middle Tennessee 42, Florida International 35: The Panthers’ Alex McGough throws a “pick-6” with 1:22 left. How FIU is that?
MTSU’s Brent Stockstill threw for 296 yards, McGough for 307. Marshall gets those two back-to-back.
Old Dominion 31, Texas-El Paso 21: The Miners took a 13-10 lead midway through the third quarter, but the Monarchs scored the next 3 TDs in rapid-fire fashion to put the game away. Big plays included David Washington’s passes to Jonathan Duhart of 26 and 77 yards, plus Ray Lawry’s TD run of 40 yards.
Texas-San Antonio 31, North Texas 17: The Mean Green got 257 passing yards and an 80-yard TD run from Mason Fine, but also turned it over 4 times.
Hold your nose
Western Kentucky 52, Florida Atlantic 3: Charlie Partridge, you are sooooooooo fired! The Hilltoppers ran up 661 total yards, and the Owls didn’t convert a 3rd down until their final possession.
Southern Miss 24, Marshall 14: The Herd suffered more 3-and-outs than the Owls, 8-6.
Louisiana Tech 61, Rice 16: Tech’s Trent Taylor became the program’s all-time leader in career receptions, with his 284 topping the 280 by Troy Edwards. The Owls finally scored on a blocked PAT and return, making the score 54-2.
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)
Arizona 32, UTSA 28 (Roadrunners led in 4th quarter)
Vanderbilt 31, Western Kentucky 30 (WKU went for 2 and the win)
Middle Tennessee 51, Missouri 45
Overall vs P-5: 2-18
This week’s offerings, in order of interest (MU-Old Dominion not included):
FAU (1-7, 0-4) at Rice (1-7, 0-5), 3:30 p.m., ESPN3: LET’S GET IT ON! Who doesn’t love a world-class pillow fight? ESPN’s “Bottom 10” loves it, calling it the PFOC — Pillow Fight of the Century. As tens of Rice Students form their human tunnel and taunt the visitors over their average SAT scores, the over-under will be 6.5 turnovers.
Just remember these Owl mascots are different, as FAU’s is the burrowing owl, which is considered endangered in Canada and Mexico, and “of special concern” in Florida and most of the western USA.
That describes these two teams perfectly.
LINE: RICE by 4. SURELY, FAU ISN’T THAT DREADFUL. RIGHT?
UTSA (4-4, 3-2) at Middle Tennessee (6-2, 3-1), 2:30 p.m., ESPN3: I’Tavius Mathers now has 1,066 yards rushing, the first Blue Raider to rush for that many since 2002. D.J. Sanders was named defensive player of the week, as he was the guy who returned McGough’s errant pass 48 yards to beat the Panthers.
Stockstill was the league’s player of the week. The Raiders have has seven such honors over all 3 phases.
LINE: MTSU by 20.5. DON’T LIKE ROADPLODDERS ON THE ROAD.
Florida International (3-6, 3-2) at Western Kentucky (6-3, 4-1), 5:30 p.m., beIN Sports: I know the Panthers were shelled by Louisiana Tech a few weeks back, but they’re still playing spirited under interim coach Ron Cooper. Another WKU running back to worry about: Marquez Trigg, who rushed for 84 yards in the first half vs. FAU.
LINE: WKU by 29.5. HILLTOPPERS WIN HANDILY, BUT NOT BY THAT MUCH.
Louisiana Tech (6-3, 4-1) at North Texas (4-4, 2-2), 5:30 p.m., ESPN3: Southern Miss has 1 loss and UTSA and NT has 2, so the stakes aren’t small here. Tech finished with 735 total yards against Rice.
LINE: Tech by 20.5. BULLDOGS ARE ROLLING TOO HARD FOR THIS ONE.
Charlotte (3-5, 2-2) at Southern Miss (5-3, 3-1), 3:30 p.m. ASN: This has potential shutout written all over it.
LINE: Southern Miss by 19.5. TAKE THE GOLDEN EAGLES.
FCS parade: Houston Baptist at Texas-El Paso.
Last week vs. line: a yucky 1-5 (including MU game). Season: 28-36.