Another week down in Conference USA, and once again it wasn’t exactly pretty. That said, did we learn anything new?
North Texas is definitely a force to be reckoned with
Mason Fine and company continue to put up what they describe as “video game numbers” and this time they did it on the road against an SEC team. What looks to be a really bad SEC team, but my point still stands.
I said after UNT dominated SMU and Arkansas got dominated by Colorado State that the Mean Green had a realistic shot at 13-0, and I’m more sure of that now.
At this point, their schedule looks to have no real challenges other than on the road at UAB in a month and at home against FAU later in the season. They’re the class of the division if not the conference right now.
Speaking of UAB…
The Blazers did a nice job of bouncing back at home against Tulane, and have now won eight straight at home to tie a school record. The game was probably closer than desired, in part due to a couple of red zone turnovers, but heading into a week off on a winning note is always a good salve for what ails you.
The running game got on track and stayed there today, with contributions from multiple players and not just Spencer Brown, enough that it covered over some bend-don’t-break defense and some passing game struggles.
The Blazers will come back in a couple weeks and look to right the wrong of their unexpected road loss to Charlotte from last season, and if they can handle their business against what appears to be the bottom of the conference, a repeat bowl appearance will be in their future.
The Bottom of the Conference Might Be Crowded
Old Dominion is a hot mess, coming off a game on the road against Charlotte where both teams scored four touchdowns, but the Monarchs missed an extra point and then two two-point conversions for a three-point loss.
This of course comes on the heels of blowing a 17-point lead against FIU, which came on the heels of getting absolutely smoked by Liberty. If they can’t beat ECU in a couple weeks, they might still be winless when VMI comes to town the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
UTEP continues to do things here and there that look like progress, but they also just played on the road at Tennessee and never crossed midfield the entire game. They continue to be a long way from winning.
Rice has looked better, but I think they’re still a ways off from their next win.
UTSA is now 0-3 and they’ve been outscored 117-20 in the first three quarters. Their next three games are against Texas State, UTEP and Rice, and the Roadrunners could be 3-3 or 0-6 and neither result would surprise me.