Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 2.
|Team||Week 2||Result||Week 3|
|Charlotte||vs Gardner-Webb||W, 38-10||at Georgia St|
|FAU||vs Georgia Southern||W, 38-6||vs Fordham|
|FIU||vs Texas St.||L, 23-17 (OT)||at Texas Tech|
|LA Tech||vs SE Louisiana||W, 45-42||vs SMU|
|Marshall||vs NC Central||W, 44-10||vs East Carolina|
|MTSU||at Virginia Tech||L, 35-14||at UTSA|
|North Texas||at SMU||L, 35-12||vs UAB|
|Old Dominion||vs Hampton||W, 47-7||at Liberty|
|Rice||vs Houston||L, 44-7||at Texas|
|Southern Miss||vs Grambling||W, 37-0||vs Troy|
|UAB||at Georgia||L, 56-7||at North Texas|
|UTEP||at Boise St.||L, 54-13||— OFF —|
|UTSA||vs Lamar||W, 54-0||vs MTSU|
|WKU||at Army||L, 38-35||— OFF —|
Notable Week 2 results – Standings
In Week 1, the Texas Longhorns handled Louisiana with ease and Rice came within one quarter of upsetting Arkansas. At the same time, Houston collapses against a Texas Tech team that nearly lost to SFA in Week 2. How then, did Arkansas pummel Texas and Rice get overwhelmed by Houston in their second games? Because this is college football and nothing makes sense.
The seven Conference USA teams that won in Week 2 did so against non-FBS teams. For the most part, those victories were uneventful, save for a too-close-for-comfort escape by Louisiana Tech over in-state foe Southeast Louisiana, who never trailed by more than 10 points at any time in the contest.
Western Kentucky quarterback Bailey Zappe lit up the boxscore, but it was too little, too late against Army on Saturday. The Black Knights jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter, putting the Hilltoppers in come-back mode early. Zappe went on to throw for 435 yards and three scores, but it was too big of a mounting for even him to overcome.
Looking ahead – Key storylines
Let the (conference) games begin
The first Conference USA matchups of the season start next week. Middle Tennessee visits 2-0 UTSA in San Antonio while North Texas hosts UAB in a battle of two programs coming off a Week 2 losss. There’s plenty of season still to be played, but the winners of those matchups can put themselves in favorable position right out of the chute.
More opportunities for marquee wins
FIU and Rice both draw Power 5 opponents this week and Louisiana Tech gets perennial AAC power, SMU. Each of those non-conference foes has struggled early in the season, with Texas coming off a Week 2 loss and neither SMU or Texas Tech looking too mighty following more harrowing wins of their own.
Sneaky, tricky games
Marshall would do well to keep one eye open when they prep for a home contest against East Carolina. The Pirates gave South Carolina a scare in Week 2 and were able to put up some points against Appalachain State the week prior. After consecutive snoozers against Navy and NC Central, this contest might take a bit more focus.
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