What to Watch in CUSA Week 7

That’s right. It is week seven in CUSA. We have some conference games and some non-cons too. We are starting to get an idea of what this league is all about but there are still some questions to be answered. One of the best questions I’ve seen comes from UNT90 on the GoMeanGreen message board. He is very anti-UTSA and refers to them as Craphole. It sill is a good question, despite the trollish way of posing it.

Both at 1-3. Rice looks not good. They may do well to win 3 conference games. Craphole has looked ok against some big boys, but lost in a VERY disappointing fashion at FAU. When does losing begat losing with these 2? When does confidence and dedication wane? When does losing take it’s toll? It will be very interesting to watch the results in both teams next game.

I hadn’t thought of the fact that both Rice and UTSA are stumbled out of the gate in a race both were predicted to win. Given the makeup of the two squads, I have to think that UTSA is in the better position to bounce back after a bad loss.

Still, this is UTSA’s first season with expectations. They’ve been the scrappy underdogs that only have experienced moral victories instead of the kind of crushing loss that ends a season filled with opportunity. It will certainly be interesting watching how they react. I suspect they’ll take out the FAU frustration on a hapless New Mexico team.

Anyway, I’m sitting in my living room distracting myself by looking at the slate of CUSA games ahead. Here they are ordered by watchability.

Our Game

North Texas at Indiana

For the ever-sought-after “casual” fan, this one is interesting in that you get to see what Dajon Williams has against a team full of FBS players. He did ridiculously well against Nicholls but so what? Indiana was feeling good after beating Mizzou but dropped the B1G opener against Maryland; North Texas is feeling confident after getting an offense.

Best Game

Marshall at Old Dominion

I am a fan of ODU’s Taylor Heinicke. ODU looked bad against Middle Tennessee, after looking good against a Rice team that is defending their division and league title. After the slate of games thus far, it may be that MTSU is the class of the league, Marshall notwithstanding. We shall see. The Thundering Herd haven’t been really tested. ODU can score with Marshall and Heinicke is Rakeem Cato’s equal in filling the air with footballs. I smell upset.

Worst Game

UNM at UTSA

UTSA lost a ridiculously heartbreaking game in which Jaquez Johnson led his Owls 93-yards for the go-ahead score, only to see UTSA’s Kam Jones return the ensuing kick off into scoring position. Tucker Carter nearly won it for the Runners but Owl Safety Cre’von Leblanc knocked the pass away. Ridiculously crazy finish. New Mexico is a bad football team and should get destroyed. Watch this if there is an upset alert but otherwise a non-conference matchup with two uneven squads is going to be a boring blowout, most likely.

Good Game

UTEP at LaTech

Both of these teams had impressive performances (UTEP v TAMU, and LaTech vs ULL/UNT) and are coming off bad losses (UTEP to KSTATE and LaTech to FCS Northwester State). How good is Cody Sokol? Let’s find out.

Rest

FAU at FIU

Both of these squads pulled off big upsets — FIU beat 13.5 point favorite UAB and FAU upset UTSA. FAU should win this but this is CUSA and anything can happen.

UAB at WKU

WKU can throw it around and UAB was considered decent. Meh.

Hawaii at Rice

This is interesting in that we need to know what Rice has. It isn’t interesting because it is against a non-conferece team that isn’t very good.

USM at MTSU

One of the worst things about watching the UTSA broadcast of the FAU game was listening to the poor quality and ill-informed announcers. I love Jay Howard since he was the voice of my hometown San Antonio Spurs, but he thought ‘MTU’ was Marshall. Not a good look at all. USM is bad, and MUTS is second-best in the league. Grammar and co. should roll.