Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 3.
|Team||Week 3||Result||Week 4|
|Charlotte||at UNC||CANCELED||vs Georgia State|
|FAU||at Georgia Southern||CANCELED||vs S. Florida|
|FIU||— OFF —||—||at Liberty|
|LA Tech||at Southern Miss||W, 31-30||vs HBU|
|Marshall||vs App State||W, 17-7||— OFF —|
|MTSU||vs Troy||L, 47-14||at UTSA|
|North Texas||vs SMU||L, 65-35||at Houston|
|Rice||— OFF —||—||— OFF —|
|Southern Miss||vs LA Tech||L, 31-30||vs Tulane|
|UAB||— OFF —||—||at S. Alabama|
|UTEP||vs ACU||W, 17-13||at ULM|
|UTSA||vs SFA||W, 24-10||vs MTSU|
|WKU||vs Liberty||L, 30-24||— OFF —|
Notable Week 3 results – Standings
Have Ya Heard about the Herd?
It was hard not to get exciting when freshman quarterback Grant Wells dazzled in a 59-0 debut win over Eastern Kentucky. But knocking off a ranked App State squad in his second career game was an encore better than most could have imagined. Not only is Marshall 2-0, but they’ve also solidified themselves as one of the frontrunners in the East.
Don’t give us Liberty
With several Power 5 conferences shutting off their non-conference slate, Liberty paired up with several Conference USA football squads for games this year. The Flames will play FIU next week and Southern Miss later in the year in games that might be more interesting than expected after Liberty dropped 30 points on what most expected to be a stingy Western Kentucky defense.
Mayhem continues in Hattiesburg
Southern Miss parted ways with head coach Jay Hopson last week after an embarrassing loss to South Alabama. For much of their Week 3 game with Louisiana Tech, it looked like the switch to interim man Scottie Walden would prove to smooth things out. Then Bulldogs’ quarterback Luke Anthony found Griffin Hebert for a toe-touching go-ahead touchdown in the final seconds to extend the dour mood in Hattiesburg for at least one more week.
This is definitely a (potential game-winning) TD for Louisiana Tech pic.twitter.com/v81h18yGDU
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 20, 2020
Week 4 storylines
One of the perks of the slimmer slate of games this fall has been more opportunities in the spotlight for Conference USA football. It hasn’t all been positive — some of it has been downright dismal. UAB’s matchup with South Alabama on ESPN on Thursday will afford the Blazers a chance to do what Southern Miss couldn’t do and do it with a large audience.
HBU stops before others start
Schedules have been strange in 2020 and you don’t have to look much further than a Houston Baptist team who faces their second C-USA opponent next week. A game against Louisiana Tech completes a three-game slate for the Huskies, which also included losses to North Texas and Texas Tech earlier in September. Next week HBU will finish their season on the same weekend FIU begins.
UTS-Ahead of schedule?
New head coach Jeff Traylor turned some heads when the Roadrunners knocked off Texas State in overtime in his head coaching debut. Unfortunately, he won’t get a chance to knock off a ranked Memphis team after that game was canceled on Saturday. Still, beating Middle Tennessee would elevate UTSA to 3-0. That’s a fantastic start no matter the circumstances.
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