Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 7.
|Team||Week 7||Result||Week 8|
|Charlotte||vs FIU||PPD||vs UTEP|
|FAU||— OFF —||–||at Marshall|
|FIU||at Charlotte||PPD||— OFF —|
|LA Tech||vs Marshall||L, 35-17||at UTSA|
|Marshall||at LA Tech||W, 35-17||vs FAU|
|MTSU||vs North Texas||L, 52-35||at Rice|
|North Texas||at MTSU||W, 52-35||— OFF —|
|Rice||— OFF —||—||vs MTSU|
|Southern Miss||at UTEP||PPD||at Liberty|
|UAB||vs WKU||w, 37-14||vs Louisianna|
|UTEP||vs USM||PPD||at Charlotte|
|UTSA||vs Army||L, 28-16||vs LA Tech|
|WKU||at UAB||L, 37-14||vs Chattanooga|
Notable Week 7 results – Standings
What UTSA was able to accomplish to start its season is praiseworthy. Going 3-0 with a first time head coach with the offseason as challenging as it was proves something is in the works in San Antonio. What the new staff couldn’t do is predict the quarterback carousel. UTSA lost Lowell Narcissa against Army, after losing Josh Adkins earlier in the season. Previously injured Frank Harris replaced him. That’s a lot of injuries in a short span of time, which somewhat explains the backstep to 3-3.
If you can’t play defense…
North Texas can’t play defense. Regardless of who is available on any given Saturday, the Mean Green are just going to have to outscore their opponents. It worked this week. North Texas gained 768 yards, a season-high, and tallied 52 points, the most the team has scored against a Conference USA opponent since beating UTEP at home last November,
Sitting at home on Saturday
Two Conference USA games were postponed this week, bringing the total up to 14 conference games postponed since the season began. Some schools have been hit harder than others and only two schools (Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee) have avoided any postponements to this point.
Week 8 storylines
Rice Football is back!
After delaying its season on several occasions, Rice football returns to the gridiron in Week 8. The Owls host Middle Tennessee next weekend with no fans permitted inside the stadium. Rice is trending upwards and has high expectations for the year, making a win in their home opener an important first step.
Those extra weekends could come in handy
Conference USA announced a delay to its conference championship game this week. Rather than playing it on Dec. 5, the game was moved to Dec. 18, giving two more weekends of buffer at the end of the year. FAU already has a game that weekend and could need the other weekend soon. The Owls are working through an outbreak and have already postponed multiple games this season.
Sun Belt showdown
UAB has proven itself to be the creme of the crop in Conference USA. Their coming test against Louisiana could be another feather in the Blazers’ cap. For the most part, nonconference play hasn’t treated C-USA well this year. A UAB win would help ease a few lopsided losses the conference has suffered so far.
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