Sunday, October 30, 2016

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

PASS: Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, UTSA, Old Dominion
The powers in CUSA football are starting to assert themselves at the right time, and WKU is at the head of the line. The Hilltoppers rolled up a 28-0 run after the half to crush FAU 52-3 on the road, and maintained a half game lead over MIddle Tennessee in the East. The Blue Raiders also won, beating FIU 42-35, but struggled more than WKU did to get there. FIU went blow for blow with the Blue Raiders, but came up just short in the upset attempt. Old Dominion is stied with MT this week, also a half game back of the Hilltoppers, after a 31-21 struggle with UTEP. ODU had a difficult time dispatching the Miners on the road, but RB Ray Lawry did break the all-time school TD record with his 31st on his career.
Louisiana Tech maintained a half game lead in the West after a rousing 61-16 blowout win over winless Rice. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 41-0 lead at the half and never looked back. They lead Southern Miss, who despite a couple of missteps,have found themselves right in the thick of the race. The Golden Eagles did have some tough spots yesterday, hanging on to beat Marshall 24-14, and the offense was not on their A game in the win. UTSA moved into 3rd in the West with a 31-17 win over North Texas, which was a solid win for the Roadrunners. The win brings UTSA to 4-4 overall in Frank Wilson's 1st season as coach.

FAIL: FAU, Rice, Marshall, FIU, North Texas, UTEP
There has been little word from FAU on the Charlie Partridge situation, but the Owls are sinking like a rock under his leadership. AD Patrick Chun has got to make a decision on this soon, as the damage is taking long term effect with the Owls.
Speaking of Owls, rest assured at this point that David Bailiff will be out at the end of the season. AD Joe Karlgaard is loathe to make an in season change, but he has said nothing about not making a change, and leaned in that direction when questioned.
Marshall has completely collapsed this season, but it is a blip on the radar for Doc Holliday, so stay tuned until next season there. It is rare to see a team fall so far, so fast.
FIU has already made their change, and after a nice 3 game win streak post firing of Ron Turner, the Panthers have dropped games against Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee to fall to 3-5. Word on the street is that Butch Davis could be in play here.
North Texas is a young football team trying to find their way, and this week was not a good way to go in a 31-17 loss to UTSA, just a week after the Eagles beat Army. Still, Seth Littrell has done a fine job early on.
UTEP is now a certified disaster, and one has to wonder how much gas Sean Kugler has left in his tenure with the Miners. The program seems in reverse now.

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