Conference USA Football was back in action this weekend. Here’s the latest from the teams on the gridiron in Week 13.
|Team||Week 13||Result||Up Next|
|Charlotte||at Old Dominion||L, 56-34||End of Season|
|FAU||vs MTSU||L, 27-17||End of Season|
|FIU||at Southern Miss||L, 37-17||End of Season|
|LA Tech||at Rice||L, 35-31||End of Season|
|Marshall||vs WKU||L, 53-21||Bowl Eligible|
|MTSU||at FAU||W, 27-17||Bowl Eligible|
|North Texas||vs UTSA||W, 42-23||Bowl Eligible|
|Old Dominion||vs Charlotte||W, 56-34||Bowl Eligible|
|Rice||vs LA Tech||W, 35-31||End of Season|
|Southern Miss||vs FIU||W, 37-17||End of Season|
|UAB||vs UTEP||W, 42-25||Bowl Eligible|
|UTEP||at UAB||L, 42-25||Bowl Eligible|
|UTSA||at North Texas||L, 45-23||C-USA Title Game|
|WKU||at Marshall||W, 53-21||C-USA Title Game|
Notable Week 13 results – Standings
Let’s go bowling
Three programs clinched bowl eligibility on the final weekend of the regular season. Old Dominion was a a favorited entering their game with Charlotte and dispatched the 49ers behind a thunderous 21-point fourth quarter. North Texas and Middle Tennessee were both underdogs. The Mean Green upset a ranked UTSA squad while Middle Tennesee won a battle of 5-6 teams, effectively ending FAU’s postseason dreams. The latter two games were some of the more surprising results of the week.
Ending on a high note
Although they won’t be going bowling, both Rice and Southern Miss ended the season with a win. The Owls rallied to knock off Louisiana Tech in what was the final game of Skip Holtz’ tenure and the first four-win season for Rice under Bloomgren. Meanwhile, Southern Miss perfected the quarterbackless offense, closing their season with successive wins over Louisiana Tech and FIU.
At least it’s over
The Conference USA reps from the state of Florida are ready to put a pair of disappointing seasons to bed. FIU wasn’t expected to be a real contender, but going 0-11 against FBS opponents was a tough blow leading to the end of the Butch Davis era. Fellow Sunshine-staters FAU fell much further. A preseason pick by some to win the East, the Owls finished 3-5 in conference play and missed out on bowl eligible entirely.
Looking ahead – Key storylines
Let’s play two
The first meeting between Western Kentucky and UTSA was arguably the game of the year in Conference USA with the Roadrunners edging the Hilltoppers 52-46. Western Kentucky has not lost since, scoring 42 points or more in six of their seven consecutive victories. UTSA entered the national polls, but slowed down, falling to North Texas to end their hopes of a perfect season. Everything is on the line in this rematch which will (hopefully) live up to the hype.