Hello, Herd fans!
This week, I’ll make a bowl eligibility chart of sorts. Of course, the Herd is out of it. But check it out.
Texas-San Antonio 45, Middle Tennessee 25: 4 turnovers and the injury to the Blue Raiders’ Brent Stockstill were the big stories, but don’t overlook the Roadrunners’ 270 yards and 16 first downs rushing. That helped UTSA hog the ball for 37:50.
Is that a good omen for Marshall, one of the league’s lesser running attacks? We shall see.
LINE: La Tech by 22.5. TAKE THE BULLDOGS … THEY’RE PRETTY GOOD.
Charlotte 38, Southern Mississippi 27: Well, you can upgrade Marshall’s loss to the 49ers from “the most embarrassing in school history” to merely “painful.”
Southern Miss gave up some really long plays (72, 58 runs, 49 pass), just as it did against UTSA … and just as it didn’t do against Marshall. Charlotte’s Terrance Winchester was the defensive player of the week (2 int., 2 pass break-ups), and Juwan Foggie was the special teams POW for his blocked punt that led to a TD.
Louisiana Tech 45, North Texas 25: Carlos Henderson caught 5 TD passes for this second time this year, covering 52, 24, 10, and 9. His season line: 59 catches, 1,168 yards and 15 TDs. (And get this: Trent Taylor is higher in the first 2 categories — 98 for 1,318.)
Hold your nose
Florida Atlantic 42, Rice 25: Rice, you must be awful. FAU had 657 total yards, Jason Driskel passed for 317 and Devin Singletary ran for 252. Singletary was the other co-offensive POW.
Old Dominion 38, Marshall 14: No further comment needed.
Texas-El Paso 42, Houston Baptist 10: A cheap way to get Aaron Jones 228 rushing yards.
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
Bowl eligibility chart
Bowl tie-ins: New Mexico, Boca Raton, Bahamas, New Orleans, Hawaii, Heart of Dallas (6); secondary partnership with Independence Bowl
Eligible: WKU, ODU, MTSU, La. Tech (4)
Ineligible: Florida International, Marshall, FAU, Rice.
Still fighting, with schedule
UTSA 5-4: at La Tech, at Texas A&M, Charlotte
Southern Miss 5-4: at ODU, at North Texas, La Tech
Charlotte 4-5: Rice, MTSU, UTSA
North Texas 4-5: at WKU, Southern Miss, at UTEP
UTEP 3-6: at FAU, at Rice, North Texas
This week’s offerings, in order of interest (MU-MTSU not included):
UTSA at Louisiana Tech, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3: Suddenly, this carries a “game of the year” feel. Think about it — if the Roadrunners pull the upset, they own tiebreakers against La Tech and Southern Miss.
Southern Miss at Old Dominion, 3:30 p.m., ASN: Winner stays alive in their respective divisions. ODU gets another chance to look like a legit contender.
LINE: Off (status of USM QB Nick Mullens).
North Texas at WKU, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3: Over his last 5 games the Hilltoppers’ Mike White has completed 73.5 percent of his passes, averaged 338 yards and has a TD-Int ratio of 15-2. Marshall will have fun with him.
LINE: WKU by 28.5. BAD BEAT WAITING TO HAPPEN. TAKE NT.
Rice at Charlotte, 2 p.m., Campus Insiders: Did you have the 49ers clinching a .500 record in conference? Surrrrrrre you did.
LINE: Charlotte by 10.5, which probably is a program record. OWLS TO COVER.
UTEP at Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m.: The interesting thing about this game is Aaron Jones is leading the league in rushing, 1,168-1,145 over MTSU’s I’Tavius Mathers. Mathers plays Marshall. Rev it up, gentlemen.
LINE: FAU by 3. Really? TAKE THE MINERS.
Last week vs. line: 3-3 (including MU game). Season: 31-39.