Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 15.
|FAU||at Southern miss||L, 45-31||Montgomery Bowl vs Memphis (Dec. 23)|
|FIU||— OFF —||—||N/A|
|LA Tech||at TCU||L, 52-10||New Orleans Bowl vs Georgia Southern (Dec. 23)|
|MTSU||— OFF —||—||N/A|
|North Texas||vs UTEP||W, 45-43||Myrtle Beach Bowl vs App St (Dec. 21)|
|Rice||vs UAB||L, 21-16||N/A|
|Southern Miss||vs FAU||W, 45-31||N/A|
|UAB||at Rice||W, 21-16||TBD|
|UTEP||vs North Texas||L, 45-43||N/A|
|UTSA||— OFF —||—||Frisco Bowl vs SMU (Dec. 19)|
|WKU||— OFF —||—||Lending Tree Bowl vs Georgia st (Dec. 26)|
Notable Week 15 results – Standings
Rice wraps up one of nation’s shortest seasons
A five-game slate came to an end Saturday for Rice football, who fell to a beat-up UAB squad at home. The Rice offense couldn’t mount a comeback on the arm of third-string quarterback Wiley Green as the Owls’ bowl hopes came to an abrupt end. Last week’s thrilling upset of a ranked Marshall team should help ease the pain. A lot can happen in the span of five games. Rice certainly proved that.
After announcing Will Hall as their future head coach this week, Southern Miss sent off interim head coach Tim Billings with an upset win. The Golden Eagles won a shootout over FAU, taking a lead on the penultimate play of the first half and keeping it for the remainder of the contest.
UTEP’s almost upset
There were midseason debates about where this game should be played. Eventually, these two teams took the field at Apogee Stadium for what turned into quite the barnburner. North Texas wideout Jaelon Daren scored four times, racking up 173 receiving yards in the process. UTEP trailed by as many as 17 points, but fought back to make things interesting in the fourth quarter on the arms and legs of backup quarterback Calvin Brownholtz.
Looking ahead – Key storylines
C-USA Championship Game
Marshall canceled their game against Charlotte because of COVID-19 concerns, clinching the East in the process. UAB won the West by defeating Rice on the road. That sets up a battle of two one-loss conference teams in Huntington on Friday, Dec. 18 for the conference crown.
UTSA Bowl Game
By virtue of the UAB win, UTSA misses out on a conference championship game appearance by fractions of winning percentage points. Nevertheless, the impressive debut season for head coach Jeff Traylor will continue for at least one more game. UTSA will play SMU in the Frisco Bowl.
Current Bowl Schedule
Five Conference USA teams are bowl bound so far. That number should go up to at seven following the conference championship game. Here’s the current slate:
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl – Dec. 19
UTSA vs SMU
Montgomery Bowl – Dec. 23
FAU vs Memphis
New Orleans Bowl – Dec. 23
Louisiana Tech vs Georgia Southern
Myrtle Beach Bowl – Dec. 21
North Texas vs Appalachian State
Lending Tree Bowl – Dec. 26
WKU vs Georgia State