Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 4.
|Team||Week 4||Result||Week 5|
|Charlotte||vs Georgia state||CANCELED||at FAU|
|FAU||vs USF||CANCELED||vs Charlotte|
|FIU||at Liberty||L, 36-34||— OFF —|
|LA Tech||vs HBU||W, 66-38||at BYU|
|Marshall||— OFF —||—||— OFF —|
|MTSU||at UTSA||L, 37-35||vs WKU|
|North Texas||at Houston||CANCELED||vs USM|
|Rice||— OFF —||—||— OFF —|
|Southern Miss||vs Tulane||L, 66-24||at North Texas|
|UAB||at S. Alabama||W, 42-10||vs UTSA|
|UTEP||at ULM||W, 31-6||— OFF —|
|UTSA||vs MTSU||W, 37-35||at UAB|
|WKU||— OFF —||—||at MTSU|
Notable Week 4 results – Standings
Blazers prove to be the team to beat in the West
UAB had the unenviable task of traveling to play a hot South Alabama team without starting quarterback Tyler Johnston. Not only did the Blazers rise to the occasion, backup Bryson Lucero slung the ball all over the yard, racking up 319 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Spencer Brown became the program leader in rushing touchdowns. The defense was stout, holding USA to 3-for-12 on third down. UAB looks every bit the contender many expected them to be.
Rice is back
After delaying their season multiple times, Rice football has returned to practice. The Owls began fall camp this week and are on schedule to open their 2020 season against Middle Tennessee on Oct. 24. The Owls currently have six games on their schedule.
THREE WIN UTEP
UTEP started out strong with a pair of wins over FCS schools, equally their win total over the past two seasons. Saturday the Miners further impressed, thumping Louisiana Monroe on the road. Gavin Hardison threw for 302 yards. Deion Hankins rushed for 118 yards and three scores. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but it was a big win for the UTEP program and head coach Dana Dimel.
Week 5 storylines
Third time’s the charm
Postponements have been a weekly occurrence in college football this year and it doesn’t seem like something that will be going away any time soon. The loss of games has been more impactful to some programs than others. FAU and Rice are the only active C-USA teams who haven’t played a game yet this season. FAU will try for their debut next week against Charlotte after losing potential openers against Georgia Southern and South Florida.
Roadrunner gut check
A 3-0 start has UTSA fans riding high. Given the circumstances, it certainly seems like Jeff Traylor has done a phenomenal job in his first few months in San Antonio. Week 5 will put that growth to the test as the Roadrunners visit the UAB Blazers. An upset there could turn a feel-good start into legitimate conference title aspirations.
Last tune-up for Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech overcame significant adversity to win their season-opening game against Southern Miss in the final seconds. After downing HBU this week, the Bulldogs get a challenging test in Week 5 against a BYU squad that was only recently added to the schedule. Showing clear improvement against the Cougars (and maybe settling on a QB1) could but them in a great place before returning to conference play.
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