BOWL ANALYSIS: There are just four weeks left in the regular season and there are still 75 teams across the nation that could get eligible to play in one of the 40 bowl games. There are 40 already eligible and 13 already eliminated. One of our partner conferences, Conference USA, has four eligible teams in Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Southern Mississippi and WKU. On the flip side, North Texas and UTSA are out of the running and technically so is Charlotte, which is still transitioning to the Bowl Series division. The Mountain West’s only eligible team currently is Boise State, while Hawaii and Wyoming have been eliminated. A chart detailing both leagues teams whose fate is undecided and what is left on their schedule is available in the attached PDF on page 2.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES TO WATCH FOR: The Mountain West kicks things off on Thursday night as Nevada travels to Fresno State for an 7:30 p.m. PT game on ESPN2. The Bulldogs have won three in a row in the series and scored over 40 points in each of those contests. On Friday, San Jose State takes a break from league play, hosting independent BYU. Saturday afternoon, the MW has three more conference games slated, including the 107th Border War as Colorado State and Wyoming battle in Laramie. The teams are vying for the Bronze Boot, which the Rams have won the last two years in a row. In non-conference action, Air Force hosts Army for its final game in the race for the Commander-In-Chief Cup. The Falcons, which one the trophy last year, have won eight of their last 10 match ups with Army, including the last four in Colorado Springs.
Conference USA’s week starts Friday night as Rice heads to UTEP looking for its fifth straight win in the series. Saturday, the league has five more conference games on tap, including two first-time meetings in Charlotte-FIU and Old Dominion-UTSA. For a complete schedule with series notes, see page 1 of the attached PDF.
RECAPPING WEEK 9: Both Conference USA and the Mountain West started the weekend on Friday night with blowouts victories. On Saturday, the lopsided scoring continued. Overall, the winning MW teams averaged 53 points per game and won by 33 points while C-USA’s winners averaged 37 points and an 18-point win margin. The biggest winners were arguably Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi, who all became bowl eligible with wins. Complete C-USA and MW results for week 9 are available in the attached PDF.