C-USA Football: Games for Week of October 30, 2021
Twelve Conference USA teams are in action in Week Nine, which consists of six conference matchups, all on Saturday.
Rice, coming off a huge win at UAB, looks to stay in the West Division race when they kick off the weekend by hosting North Texas. WKU looks to win its third straight when it hosts Charlotte in a battle of a couple teams tied atop the East Division at 2-1 in C-USA play. Saturday ends with a bang as 6-1 UTEP travels to Florida Atlantic, who is also tied atop the East Division. UAB and No. 23 UTSA are both on byes this week.
Rice (3-4, 2-1 C-USA) is coming off a huge win at UAB last week, when the Owls knocked off the Blazers 30-24 in Birmingham. Rice hosts North Texas (1-6, 0-3 C-USA) in Houston to open the C-USA slate on Saturday. North Texas suffered its sixth straight loss, falling 35-26 at home to Liberty, despite holding a 26-14 lead in the second half. For Rice, QB Wiley Green had a monster performance against UAB, completing 17-22 passes for 205 yards and three scores, with no interceptions.
Marshall (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) is fresh off a bye week, and hosts FIU (1-6, 0-3 C-USA), another team who is on a six-game skid. Marshall beat North Texas in Denton 49-21 its last time out, and QB Grant Wells totaled five touchdowns in the road win. FIU fell at home last week to East Division foe WKU, 34-19.
Louisiana Tech (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) travels to Norfolk, Virginia, to battle Old Dominion (1-6, 0-3 C-USA). The Bulldogs fell at home 45-16 to then-No. 24 UTSA, and are looking to get back on track this week. Old Dominion was idle last week, and fell at home against WKU, 43-20, its last time out.
Southern Miss (1-6, 0-3 C-USA) travels to Murfreesboro to take on Middle Tennessee (3-4, 1-2 C-USA). Southern Miss was off last week, and fell 34-0 at home against UAB its last time out. Middle Tennessee wrapped its non-conference schedule last week in a comfortable win on the road at UConn. QB Chase Cunningham was efficient for the Blue Raiders yet again, throwing for four touchdowns in the win in Storrs.
WKU (3-4, 2-1 C-USA) is on a two-game winning streak, and has one of the most explosive offenses in all of the FBS. The Hilltoppers took care of business down in Miami last week, knocking off FIU 34-19 on the road. WKU hosts Charlotte (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) in a tussle of two of the four teams tied atop the East Division. Charlotte fell 38-9 at home last week to Florida Atlantic.
Saturday concludes with UTEP (6-1, 3-0 C-USA) traveling to Boca Raton to take on Florida Atlantic (4-3, 2-1 C-USA). The Miners are one of the feel-good stories in college football this season, having already surpassed its total win output from the past four season (five from 2017-20). FAU utilized a 31-0 run in the second half to take down Charlotte, thanks to an incredibly efficient evening by QB N’Kosi Perry and huge night defensively by LB Caliph Brice.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
North Texas at Rice (ESPN3) 2 pm
FIU at Marshall (Stadium) 3:30 pm
Southern Miss at MTSU (ESPN+) 3:30 pm
LA Tech at Old Dominion (CBSSN) 3:30 pm
Charlotte at WKU (ESPN+) 4 pm
UTEP at Florida Atlantic (ESPN+) 6 pm
FWIW: #FAU fans should be rooting for #FIU over #Marshall and #Charlotte over #WKU today.— FAU Owl's Nest (@FAU_Owls_Nest) October 30, 2021
We know… rooting for that school down south is weird, but it makes our path to winning #CUSA East THAT much easier. pic.twitter.com/l2aydWbHOD
North Texas 30 Rice 24 OT
Fresh off the heels of an upset against UAB, the Owls can't get it done in overtime against the Mean Green, who pick up just their 2nd win of the season.
Not a lot of separation in the stats line, but Rice was the "better" team on paper.