THIS WEEK’S GAMES TO WATCH FOR: Conference USA starts week 6 for us with a conference battle between WKU and Louisiana Tech Thursday night at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The Hilltoppers won last year’s contest (41-38) at home and could even the series at 3 with a victory over the Bulldogs.
Friday night, the Mountain West has two unbeatens in league action face off as New Mexico hosts No. 19 Boise State. The Broncos hold a 6-1 lead in the series but the Lobos stunned Boise State on the blue turf last year, 31-24. This year’s meeting is slated for 7 p.m. and will air on CBS Sports Network.
Saturday, C-USA has one non-conference and four conference contests on tap. Southern Miss looks to improve to 3-0 in league play as it visits UTSA. Also on the road, Marshall will take on its first conference opponent of the season in North Texas (1-1). FIU hopes for its second consecutive win after firing its head coach as it travels to UTEP (0-2). Charlotte or Florida Atlantic will garner its first league victory as the two face off in Boca Raton, Fla. Old Dominion puts its two-game win streak on the line against Massachusetts, which it is beaten once before (48-33, 2011).
The Mountain West has its remaining 10 members on the field for league play, beginning with unbeated Air Force (4-0, 1-0) at Wyoming (3-2, 1-0). Hawai`i returns to the mainland looking for its second consecutive win, playing at San Jose State. Fresno State, Nevada, Utah State and Colorado State are all hunting for their first MW victory, playing in Reno, Nev. and Fort Collins, Colo., respectively. Rounding out play Saturday evening, San Diego State begins conference play, hosting UNLV (1-0). For a complete schedule with series notes, see page 1.
IN THE NATIONAL NEWS: The Gildan New Mexico Bowl hot air balloon, flown by Keith Lutz and the Flying Monkeys Competition Team took part in Albuquerque Aloft on Friday, Sept. 30, a program that brings hot air balloons to several local elementary schools. The event gained national attention as the photo at right appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, Oct. 1.