Mid-major teams seldom set the standard for college football protocol.
The Group of Five reluctantly perches in the shadows of Power Five, blue-chip programs, catching a seat behind the standard of what the fans lust after.
The seating chart heading into Week 6 finds the Conference USA West Division loitering near the back of the college football bus, the wheels progressively jarring from the axels.
A record of 11-18 and no wins versus Power Five conferences, the insufficient division has evidently lapsed. Shifting your eyes from the frightful sight of the Sun Belt litter or the frivolous, vague residue in say, the Mid-American, it’s depicted a rather grotesque archetype of the game.
Currently negative-192 in point differential among six members of the sector, the clubs parked in the basement have performed at a level of unfit for sport in its entirety.
UTEP, North Texas, UTSA, and Rice have assembled a 5-14 record alone, all hanging in the bottom 30 regarding total defense; each program is also in the bottom 13 in terms of points surrendered.
Beginning our cynical lecture with the Miners, the following data entails defensive yards surrendered to previous foes:
New Mexico State: 551
Texas Tech: 674
Incarnate Word: 414
First, how does a program representing the FBS manage to depreciate defensively against Incarnate Word? A defense comprised of Today’s U staff writers could consolidate and submit a better effort, if we’re speaking solely on serious terms.
Secondly, UTSA’s capital performance came versus whom? A divisional rival in UTEP. What really gnaws at my spirit is the fact that fans absorb displeasure even when a pair of lowest common denominators meets in conference play.
If Idaho and Texas State greeted one another in the bitter months of autumn, supporters would at least be on hand for a flurry of points and a track-meet style contest filled with charismatic, well-equipped offenses. The Sun Belt’s bottom six teams see five that rank in the top half of either passing or rushing yards. Defense may be tagged as a chink in the armor, but I’m certain the ones that come out to support absorb even a sliver of exciting plays.
In the C-USA West, it’s seen its sizable share of second-rate offense and sloppy play.
Exclude Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi for the next portion of disparage, because quarterback play has been exemplified in a well-suited manner with Jeff Driskel and Nick Mullens. The supplementary four have thrown at least six interceptions and once again, are all holding triple-digit ranks in the nation via turnover margin.
Louisiana Tech currently establishes itself as the primary front-runner for overcoming the West. Aside from that, Rice may be treading water with three losses and multiple duels with the additional programs calls for your typical case of one branch beating each other to sub-.500 records. The firepower currently sits in the East with Marshall, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee hovering atop the subdivision.
After sizing up the potential contenders, things turn bleak, but don’t necessarily deteriorate: Florida Atlantic’s offense comes out weekly with a healthy supply of offense, Florida International should move to 3-3 this season, and let’s not forget Charlotte is still laboring to work the kinks out as FBS affiliates.
The C-USA may be attracting some quality press here but I assure you, it’s for all the wrong reasons.