Nov 5, 2014

WEEK 11 GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL NOTES


With just five weeks left in the regular season, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the bowl projections. A majority of the analyst predictions for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl predict Utah State, which garnered 7 of the 13 predictions viewed, as the Mountain West rep. UTEP is the favorite from Conference USA, grabbing 5 bids. Two projections (Campus Insiders and College Football News) foresee Conference USA vacating it’s spot and filling it with Houston.

WEEK 11 GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL NOTES

BOWL PREDICTIONS: With just five weeks left in the regular season, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the bowl projections. A majority of the analyst predictions for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl predict Utah State, which garnered 7 of the 13 predictions viewed, as the Mountain West rep. UTEP is the favorite from Conference USA, grabbing 5 bids. Two projections (Campus Insiders and College Football News) foresee Conference USA vacating it’s spot and filling it with Houston. Here is the breakdown of what has been selected for the 2014 bowl game:
    Athlon Sports: UTEP (C-USA) vs. Utah State (MW)
    *Bleacher Report: Rice (C-USA) vs. Wyoming (MW)
    CampusInsiders.com: Houston (American) vs. Air Force (MW)
    CBS Sports/Jerry Palm: UTEP (C-USA) vs. Utah State (MW)
    CFN.Scout.com: Houston (American) vs. San Diego State (MW)
    College Sports Madness: Louisiana Tech (C-USA) vs. Colorado State (MW)
    ESPN (Mark Schlabach’s pick): Rice (C-USA) vs. Air Force (MW)
    ESPN (Brett McMurphy’ pick): UTEP (C-USA) vs. Utah State (MW)
    NFL.com/College Football 24/7: UTEP (C-USA) vs. Utah State (MW)
    Phil Steele: UAB (C-USA) vs. Utah State (MW)
    SB Nation: UTEP (C-USA) vs. Utah State (MW)
    Sporting News: Middle Tennessee (C-USA) vs. Utah State (MW)
    Sports Illustrated: Louisiana Tech (C-USA) vs. Nevada (MW)
*indicates no updated selection from last week        ^indicates at-large bid

POSTSEASON PREVIEW: Presently there are 44 teams that have reached “conditional” bowl-eligibility status with six or more wins. There are 67 teams which could still get eligible and 17 teams have been eliminated from the postseason, including Idaho (Sun Belt), which is eliminated due to NCAA probation.
    For our aligned leagues, Conference USA has 13 teams and five bowl commitments while the Mountain West has 12 teams and 6 commitments. Both leagues also have one game where they are slated as a back-up. Conference USA already has two teams (Marshall and Louisiana Tech) eligible for a bowl while Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State and Nevada have the six wins needed for a postseason berth. C-USA’s Middle Tennessee, Rice, UAB and UTEP all need one more win, as do the MW’s Utah State. Five (5) C-USA teams (Florida Atlantic, FIU, North Texas, Southern Miss and UTSA) and the MW’s Fresno State must win the rest of it’s games in order to make a bowl. The MW’s UNLV and Hawai`i are eliminated from the postseason. The road to a bowl for those still looking to get eligible looks like:
    FIU (3-6): at Old Dominion (3-6), Middle Tennessee (5-4), at North Texas (2-6)
    Florida Atlantic (3-6): at North Texas (2-6), at Middle Tennessee (5-4), Old Dominion (3-6)
    Fresno State (3-6): San Jose State (3-5), at Nevada (6-3), Hawai`i (2-7)
    Middle Tennessee (5-4): at FIU (3-6), Florida Atlantic (3-6), at UTEP (5-3)
    New Mexico (3-5): Boise State (6-2), at Utah State (6-3),
    North Texas (2-6): Florida Atlantic (3-6), at UTEP (5-3), FIU (3-6), at UTSA (2-6)
    Old Dominion (3-6): FIU (3-6), La Tech (6-3), at Florida Atlantic (3-6)
    Rice (5-3): at Marshall (8-0), UTEP (5-3), at Louisiana Tech (6-3)
    San Diego State (4-4): Idaho (1-7), at Boise State (6-2), Air Force (6-2), San Jose State (3-5)
    San Jose State (3-5): at Fresno State (3-6), Hawai`i (2-7), at Utah State (6-3), at San Diego State (4-4)
    Southern Miss (3-6): Marshall (8-0), at UTSA (2-6), UAB (5-4)
    UAB (5-4): La Tech (6-3), Marshall (8-0), at Southern Miss (3-6)
    UTEP (5-3): at WKU (3-6), North Texas (2-6), at Rice (5-3), Middle Tennessee (5-4)
    UTSA (2-6): at Rice (5-3), Southern Miss (3-6), at WKU (3-6), North Texas (2-6)
    WKU (3-6): UTEP (5-3), Army (2-6), UTSA (2-6), at Marshall (8-0)
    Wyoming (4-5): Utah State (6-3), Boise State (6-2), at New Mexico (3-5)

RECAPPING THE WEEKEND: All games for Conference USA and the Mountain West were on Saturday in Week 10. C-USA had four league games but only one was close in the end as UAB slipped past Florida Atlantic, 31-28. The Blazers won on a field goal with just three seconds left to play in Boca Raton, Fla.
    For the Mountain West, the Mountain Division showed it’s dominance over the West, winning all four games pitting the divisions against each other. Nevada topped fellow West Division member San Diego State in Reno to become eligible for a bowl game. Air Force not only picked up it’s sixth win, which makes the Falcons bowl eligible, but also picked up the Commander-In-Chief Cup with a big win over Army. Complete results for the week are:
        Conference USA                                               Mountain West
        Rice def. FIU, 31-17                                         Air Force def. Army, 23-6
        La Tech def. WKU, 59-10                                New Mexico def. UNLV, 31-28
        BYU def. Middle Tennessee, 27-7                Colorado State def. San Jose State, 38-31
        Vanderbilt def. Old Dominion, 42-28            Nevada def. San Diego State, 30-14
        UAB def. Florida Atlantic, 31-28                     Wyoming def. Fresno State, 45-17
        UTEP def. Southern Miss, 35-14                   Utah State def. Hawai`i, 35-14


THIS WEEK’S GAMES TO WATCH FOR: The Mountain West kicks off our week with a league game Friday night on ESPN2. Wyoming hosts Utah State in a battle for the “Bridger Rifle” traveling trophy. Saturday, there are four MW games and one non-conference game as San Diego State hosts Idaho. Conference USA has six league games on Saturday. All six series are relatively new with the oldest having just nine previous meetings. Two match-ups, FIU at Old Dominion and UTEP at WKU, are first-time meetings. Both conferences have one team off with a bye: C-USA’s Middle Tennessee and MW’s Nevada. For a complete schedule with series notes, see page 1 of the attached PDF.

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