UAB and Rice football battled through storms, playing late into Saturday night on an eventful day for Conference USA Football in Week 6.
|Team||Week 6||Result||Week 7|
|Charlotte||— OFF —||—||at FIU|
|FAU||— OFF —||—||vs MTSU|
|FIU||vs UMass||W, 44-0||vs Charlotte|
|LA Tech||— OFF —||—||vs UMass|
|Marshall||vs MTSU||L, 24-13||vs Old Dominion|
|MTSU||vs Marshall||W, 23-13||at FAU|
|North Texas||— OFF —||—||at Southern Miss|
|Old Dominion||vs WKU||L, 20-3||at Marshall|
|Rice||at UAB||L, 35-20||— OFF —|
|Southern Miss||— OFF —||—||vs North Texas|
|UAB||vs Rice||W, 35-20||at UTSA|
|UTEP||vs UTSA||L, 26-16||— OFF —|
|UTSA||at UTEP||W, 26-16||vs UAB|
|WKU||at Old Dominion||W, 20-3||vs Army|
Notable Week 6 results – Standings
Raining on Rice
It lasted more than six hours, had two lightning delays and finished in a humid rain shower after midnight. The net result, for those who choose to avoid the deluge and late night waiting, was another relatively close loss for the Owls who played a sloppy contest.
Mayday for Marshall?
Six weeks into the 2019 season, it’s safe to start throwing preseason expectations out the window. One such belief, was that Marshall would be an obvious contender for the C-USA East title. The Thundering Herd have played a rigorous schedule, but things were supposed to get better with the first conference game against MTSU. They didn’t. Marshall sits at 2-3 and hasn’t played particularly well in any of their defeats. They’ll need to win some games before they start thinking about championships.
Somebody had to win
UTSA and UTEP had yet to defeat an FBS opponent entering their Week 6 game in El Paso. UTSA’s last outing was a 45-3 beatdown at the hands of North Texas. UTEP’s was marginally better — a 31-13 defeat at the hands of Southern Miss. Neither has done much to inspire confidence, but UTSA walks away with their first Conference USA win.
Week 7 storylines
For C-USA, third time the charm?
Rice and UTSA had their shot at Army earlier in the season. Rice came close, losing 14-7. UTSA hung around before the Black Knights pulled away to win 31-13. C-USA East-leading Western Kentucky will be the final team in the conference to play Army.
North Texas tries to regroup
Last week was weird for the Mean Green. Instead of facing D’Eriq King and the Houston Cougars as underdogs, the King-less Cougs blasted North Texas 46-25. Losers of three of their last four, albeit to quality teams, beating Southern Miss would do wonders to restore confidence as the team enters the heart of conference play.
How good is MTSU?
Three blowout losses to Power 5 teams with a beatdown of Tennessee State sprinkled in between, Saturday’s Week 6 win over Marshall was the best look we’ve gotten at the Blue Raiders. Which one is the most indicative picture of how good this team will be? We might found out next week when they face FAU on the road.
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