Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 12.
|Team||Week 12||Result||Week 13|
|Charlotte||at Marshall||PPD||vs WKU|
|FAU||vs UMass||W, 24-2||at MTSU|
|FIU||at WKU||L, 38-21||vs LA Tech|
|LA Tech||vs UL Monroe||PPD||at FIU|
|Marshall||vs Charlotte||PPD||— OFF —|
|MTSU||at Troy||W, 20-17||vs FAU|
|North Texas||vs Rice||W, 27-17||at UTSA|
|Rice||at North Texas||L, 27-17||vs UTEP|
|Southern Miss||vs UTSA||L, 23-20||at UAB|
|UAB||UTEP||PPD||vs Southern Miss|
|UTSA||at Southern Miss||W, 23-20||vs North Texas|
|WKU||vs FIU||W, 38-21||at Charlotte|
Notable Week 12 results – Standings
UTSA on top
After 12 weeks of the season, UTSA sits atop Conference USA West with a 4-2 record and six total wins. They’re tied with UAB with a .667 winning percentage with the Blazers holding the tiebreaker. Even if the Roadrunners lose their top spot when UAB gets back on the field or someone else catches up with them, it’s worth recognizing the strong start to Jeff Traylor’s tenure in San Antonio.
Middle Tennessee lost their first four games, two of which came early on in the season with more eyeballs on them than usual. Any expectations quickly dissipated. Since then, MTSU has won three of their last five with losses to North Texas and presumptive C-USA East front-runner Marshall. Their Week 12 win over Troy was proof of their turnaround. This same MTSU team lost to that Troy team 47-14 at home in Week 2 before turning around and beating them on the road this weekend.
Postponements are becoming the norm for this season and Conference USA isn’t immune. Three more games involving C-USA teams were postponed this week, with the non-conference matchup between Louisiana Tech and Louisiana Monroe being canceled outright with the calendar running short of open weekends. The full list of C-USA postponements is available here.
Week 13 storylines
Louisiana Tech and UAB played a contentious overtime thriller on Halloween night. Neither program has taken the field since in today’s postponement-plagued reality. Both are scheduled to take the field after Thanksgiving … assuming there aren’t any hiccups before then. UAB is to host Southern Miss. Louisiana Tech will travel to FIU.
Searching for seven
Following a win over Southern Miss this weekend, the Roadrunners have a chance to do something they haven’t done since 2013, their inaugural C-USA season — win at least seven games. Frank Willson reached the six-win plateau twice but never climbed above it. Given the circumstances, what first-time head coach Jeff Traylor has done in San Antonio is rather remarkable.
Not done yet
A string of postponements and an early loss to Marshall has pulled the spotlight away from FAU, but the Owls have responded well. They’ve won four in a row and will likely be favored in their three remaining games against Middle Tennessee, Georgia Southern and Southern Miss. Marshall remains in the driver’s seat in the East by virtue of the head-to-head win, but FAU isn’t out of the picture just yet.
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