Two weeks removed from Pac 12 shenanigans where three (respectable) home teams lost by a combined 104 points, the Conference-USA (C-USA) sure gave the west coast a run for its money on Saturday.
From offensive explosions to head coaches finding a pink slip on their desk just mere moments following carnage to an FCS program, traditional, vague results were few and far between.
The early slate of games saw the Florida International Golden Panthers–a team that’s leaned heavily on defense thus far– exploit an anemic, wounded Texas-El Paso defense in passage to 52 points. It’d be the highest scoring mark for the program since 2010.
The antics continued in Bowling Green when the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders faced off with Western Kentucky. The end result for the Blue Raiders: just another flimsy opponent standing in the way of a much more dominant team.
The Hilltoppers—who may be the hottest offensive club in the country—walloped the Blue Raiders thanks to 58 points. It’d tie the highest number given up by Middle Tennessee since 2007 (Louisville).
Whoever decides to confront Western Kentucky is undeniably in search of a death wish and the next opponent comes in the form of North Texas. Do me a favor and raise your hand if you matched the Mean Green in points on Saturday.
I shouldn’t see a limb hanging by the wayside as North Texas mustered the worst weekly performance of any team in the nation. A 66-7 trouncing at home to Portland State was the nail in the coffin for the season, and enough for personnel to discharge head coach Dan McCarney. For a team that had displayed not a single ounce of competitiveness in the first five weeks, a 59-point defeat to Portland State marks rock bottom for a combusted program.
So with the anarchy and commotion in North Texas, momentum becomes merely a wisecrack. And while on the subject of momentum, perhaps the Florida Atlantic Owls want a word with Mother Nature.
What appeared to be Florida Atlantic pulling away from Rice in the late stages of the fourth quarter, things turned extremely bizarre in Boca Raton. The Owls (of FAU) stormed ahead 26-14, yet the actual storm was so significant that officials halted play for over 90 minutes. And once play resumed, Rice hit paydirt, got a stop, wash, rinse, repeat.
Instead of nipping at the heels of a .500 record, Florida Atlantic falls to 1-4 with the Marshall Thundering Herd waiting in the wing; Rice potentially saved its season by evening up the transcript to 3-3.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs strolled into Saturday with one of the better scoring margins in the conference, so a showdown with Texas-San Antonio should be a different chapter of the same story, right?
The same team that narrowly upset Western Kentucky on the road and took Kansas State to triple overtime as visitors was nearly stunned by a team without its starting quarterback, ultimately victorious, 34-31. While it’s another win for the Bulldogs, a three-point win to a dismal Roadrunners team won’t spark much praise.
Louisiana Tech’s Jeff Driskel has settled in nicely while posting some brilliant statistics, yet managed to throw a pair of interceptions to one of the worst statistical defenses in the country.
Take it easy on us, Conference USA; we can only lose so many years off our lives in one week.