Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bilo's College Football PASS/FAIL Reports Week 9: Independents

PASS: U Mass, Coastal Carolina, Army, Notre Dame
U Mass is proving my point that they should follow the Idaho model and head back to 1-AA football. The Minutemen played a week sister FCS program this week in Wagner, and cruised easily for their second win of the season. The only other win this season was against FIU. U Mass now closes out the season with 3 straight on the road against Troy, BYU, and Hawaii.
Coastal Carolina is still wrapping up their final full schedule against FCS programs, and destroyed former Big South partner Presbyterian 48-17. The Chanticleers jumped out with a 23 point first quarter to jump out to a lead that the Blue Hose could never recover from.
Army got a huge, much needed road win at Wake Forest, beating the Decons 21-13 on 14 points in the final quarter to steal the win. The Cadets, on a 5-3 record, have the best record among Independents in 2016. They need one more win to qualify for a bowl trip.
Notre Dame finally got a breakthrough win tonight by beating Miami 30-27. Justin Yoon drilled the game winner, but not until the Irish blew a 20-0 lead to trail at one point 27-20 to the Hurricanes. The Irish now need to win 3 more to qualify for a bowl, but this was a win that could lift the Irish up, and was hard fought.


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