BOWL ANALYSIS: After the first six weeks of college football, there are six teams (Florida, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and TCU) that are now eligible for the postseason. There are 21 teams that need just one more win to be eligible, including Conference USA’s WKU and Marshall, and the Mountain West’s Boise State. Two teams, UCF and Wyoming, are in must-win situations with 0-6 records.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES TO WATCH FOR: Week 7 begins Thursday night for Conference USA as WKU and North Texas play on CBS Sports Network. The Hilltoppers would be bowl eligible with a win and it would also be the program’s best start in its FBS era. The Mean Green, after suffering an 0-5 start, terminated head coach Dan McCarney. They will be led by interim head coach Mike Canales, whom also stepped up from his offensive coordinator roll in 2010 to lead North Texas to a 2-3 mark in the final 5 games of the season. Saturday, the league has four more conference games and one non-conference contest as Louisiana Tech takes on Mississippi State for the Bulldogs’ homecoming game.
The Mountain West starts with two league games on Friday night. Utah State hosts No. 21/20 Boise State, hoping to end the Broncos’ 12-game win streak in the series. UNLV heads to Fresno State, playing the late game on ESPN2. The Bulldogs are 0-3 in MW play but the Rebels haven’t won in Fresno since 1983, losing 6 straight. On Saturday, the remaining members are in action, playing conference games. For a complete schedule with series notes, see page 1 of the attached PDF.
RECAPPING WEEK 6: Week 6 started with the Marshall Thundering Herd shutting out Southern Mississippi in the second half and handing the Golden Eagles their first loss in Conference USA play. On Saturday, Rice rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter at Florida Atlantic to pick up a 27-26 win and stay atop C-USA’s West Division. The West’s other top dog, Louisiana Tech, garnered the victory on a late field goal at UTSA. For the MW, four of the five conference games were blowouts including, Boise State’s 31-point win over Colorado State, which boosted its spot in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches’ Polls to become the highest ranked team from the Group of Five. It took overtime to decide the San Jose State-UNLV. The Spartans Tyler Ervin ran on all four of SJSU’s plays in OT and scored the walk-off touchdown. The Complete C-USA and MW results for week 6 are available in the attached PDF.