Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 6.
|Team||Week 6||Result||Week 7|
|Charlotte||at FIU||W, 45-33||— OFF —|
|FAU||at UAB||L, 31-14||— OFF —|
|FIU||vs Charlotte||L, 45-33||— OFF —|
|LA Tech||— OFF —||—||at UTEP|
|Marshall||vs Old Dominion||W, 20-13 OT||at North Texas|
|MTSU||at Liberty||L, 41-13||— OFF —|
|North Texas||at Missouri||L, 48-35||vs Marshall|
|Old Dominion||at Marshall||L, 20-13 OT||vs WKU|
|Rice||— OFF —||—||at UTSA|
|Southern Miss||vs UTEP||L, 26-13||vs UAB|
|UAB||vs FAU||W, 31-14||at Southern Miss|
|UTEP||at Southern Miss||W, 26-13||vs Louisiana Tech|
|UTSA||at WKU||W, 52-46||vs Rice|
|WKU||vs UTSA||L, 52-46||at Old Dominion|
Notable Week 6 results – Standings
CharLIT catching fire
With wins under their belt over Duke and Middle Tennessee, Charlotte had already gotten off to a strong start. Taking care of business against FIU in Week 6 boosted their record to 4-2 (2-0), putting them in first place in the East. The 49ers struggled to a 2-4 finish last year among several COVID-related challenges. So far, they look like they’ve quickly moved past that.
UTSA and Western Kentucky was an absolute barn burner. The two teams combined for more than 1200 total yards and 98 points with Hiltoppers’ gunslinging quarterback Bailey Zappe somehow throwing for 523 yards and five touchdowns in defeat. Sincere McCormick was fantastic. Frank Harris played one of his best games ever. UTSA is 6-0.
Old Dominion has been a tough out in recent weeks. They lost to Buffalo by a point, UTEP by a touchdown and fell on Saturday to Marshall in overtime. The Monarchs might be feisty, but Marshall was expected to win comfortably at home. Sitting at 3-3 this team doesn’t look anywhere near the level of a conference title contender. Not yet.
Looking ahead – Key storylines
Time for a break
The bye weeks are here in earnest. Four conference teams won’t play in Week 6, a prequel to another quartet of open weekends for C-USA schools in Week 7. That means fewer intraconference matchups, but fortunately still a handful of notable pairings, several of which could have conference title implications. For those in action, the stakes are as high as ever.
Rice in waiting
UTSA’s Week 6 matchup with WKU was a highly anticipated C-USA bout, but the Roadrunners won’t have much time to recover. Next week they draw a Rice squad they haven’t seen in two seasons, and a lot has changed at South Main over that time period. Winners of six of their last nine conference games, Rice will be eager to return to the Alamodome on Saturday.
Perhaps not one of the games circled as a must-watch entering the season, UTEP vs Louisiana Tech has the makings of a sneaky-good game, with significant ramifications for both programs. UTEP can win their sixth game, the most in any season since 2014 and maintain top position in the conference standings. Meanwhile, if Louisiana Tech has true C-USA title aspirations, they’ve got to win this one, too.
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