Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 9.
|Team||Week 9||Result||Week 10|
|Charlotte||at WKU||L, 45-13||vs Rice|
|FAU||vs UTEP||W, 28-25||vs Marshall|
|FIU||at Marshall||L, 38-0||vs Old Dominion|
|LA Tech||at Old Dominion||L, 23-20||at UAB|
|Marshall||vs FIU||W, 38-0||at FAU|
|MTSU||vs Southern Miss||W, 35-10||at WKU|
|North Texas||at Rice||W, 30-24||at Southern Miss|
|Old Dominion||vs LA Tech||W, 23-20||at FIU|
|Rice||vs North Texas||L, 30-24||at Charlotte|
|Southern Miss||at MTSU||L, 35-10||vs North Texas|
|UAB||— OFF —||—||vs LA Tech|
|UTEP||at FAU||L, 28-25||vs UTSA|
|UTSA||— OFF —||—||at UTEP|
|WKU||at Charlotte||W, 45-13||vs MTSU|
Notable Week 9 results – Standings
Sayonara FIU and Southern Miss
Southern Miss fans hoping for a quick turnaround under a new head coach have been in for a rough awakening. On a different, but equally taxing note, FIU fans have joined the Golden Eagle faithful awaiting as the only fanbases still awaiting their first conference win of the season. How bad is it? FIU head coach declined to speak with the media following his team’s shutout loss to Marshall.
Not so old Dominion Monarchs
For the first time since 2018, Old Dominion has beaten an FBS opponent. Louisiana Tech earned the honors on Saturday, dropping their fourth consecutive game after a 2-2 start to the season. The Bulldogs have six losses on the season and four of them have come by one score or less.
A wild week off
While working to fend off all comers for the services of head coach Jeff Traylor, UTSA fans also had the luxury of scouting box scores. Earning a Top 25 ranking last week, they were able to watch No. 19 SMU and No. 21 San Diego State suffer losses, opening the door for UTSA to climb higher as one of the top G5 teams in the nation.
Looking ahead – Key storylines
Sun Bowl Showdown
ESPN2 picked up what has the makings to be an exciting contest in the desert next weekend when a ranked UTSA squad visits a UTEP team coming off a tough road loss at FAU. The Miners were extremely competitive and still sit within one game in the loss column of UTSA in the standings. Whoever wins Saturday will control their own destiny in the West.
Up or down?
Every team has four conference games in the books so far. Of the 14 teams (currently) in Conference USA, only three hold .500 records (Rice, MTSU and Charlotte). The Owls and 49ers face each other next weekend, with the chance to separate themselves from the middle of the pack. The winner of this won gets one step closer to bowl contention while the loser faces a much steeper battle.
Battle for the East
Western Kentucky, Marshall and FAU sit in a three-way tie for first place atop the East Division. At least one of that trio won’t be there when the dust settles next week. Marshall travels to FAU in a pivotal game for the division title while WKU draws MTSU at home. There are several weeks left in the season, but this weekend will be huge.
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