Non-conference record: 18-33
Non-conference record vs. FBS opponents: 15-32
Non-conference record vs. FBS automatic qualifiers: 4-33
C-USA in the polls: AP Writers – None; USA Today Coaches – None
Tulane – The Green Wave’s overtime upset of East Carolina two weeks ago is proof that this team is a legitimate front-runner for the West Division title. And if Tulane can beat the Pirates, what trouble should it have knocking off Tulsa, FAU, UTSA and UTEP before a showdown at Rice in what should be a de facto division title game? Think about that for a second … a 9-2 Tulane team playing the Owls for a division crown? Nearly unthinkable at the beginning of the year. Quite attainable right now.
North Texas – Don’t look now, but the first-year conference member Mean Green is just a game behind West Division co-leaders Tulane and Rice. The Green Wave hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over UNT, but North Texas still has Rice on the schedule. And even if a surprise division championship might be out of reach, UNT is just two wins away from bowl eligibility in its inaugural C-USA season … and still has Southern Miss and UTEP to play.
Justin Hardy – Looks like ECU quarterback Shane Carden is remembering again who his best receiver is. His 27 catches in his last two games are more than his reception total in the previous four (24). He’s averaging more than two catches more per game than the next closest player, Marshall’s Tommy Shuler, and should be a major focal point for the rest of the season if the Pirates want to rebound for an East Division crown.
Southern Miss – The new leader in finding trap doors at rock bottom. Apparently, there’s a quarterback controversy, as freshman Nick Mullens won the gig after two fourth-quarter touchdowns versus ECU. But does it really matter? The touchdowns didn’t really matter. USM was down 55-0 before the Pirates called off the dogs in the fourth. It remains absolutely mind-boggling that a team that was so good just a couple of seasons ago has fallen so far so quickly.
Steward Butler – That’s tough to write, considering how well he played in the season’s first two games, but Marshall Coach Doc Holliday didn’t even bring the running back on a trip to his home state, where he probably would have been helpful against FAU. It looks like everything has been ironed out from that situation, but it’ll be tough to steal carries from a healthy Kevin Grooms and a steady Essray Taliaferro.
Louisiana Tech offense – I understand there was a lot of turnover all over the place for the Bulldogs, losing Sonny Dykes to Cal and key players throughout the roster. But to collapse like this? LTU went from a team that could score 40 points in its sleep to one that averages just 19 a game and could score just 13 in a loss to North Texas. I understand that former Marshall Co-Offensive Coordinator Tony Petersen wanted the chance to call plays, but there had to be a better scenario to enter.
Redd’s C-USA Championship Game Prediction Destined to Fail – Tulane at Marshall