C-USA Underwhelms in Opening Week
It was a tough first week in college football all across the country, but with six of the fourteen teams in the C-USA winning games, needless to say, it was tough to watch. With two of the teams playing Top 25 Ranked Colleges, a majority of the teams just seemed very sluggish to start the year, nevertheless, here is a recap of the games from this weekend:
Rice 7 vs Stanford 62
Granted Rice played 14th ranked Stanford, Rice had their work cut out for them. Stanford starting scoring immediately in the game, and never took the foot off the pedal, yet, Rice was able to come through towards the end of the game and score a touchdown to boost their egos.
FIU 17 vs UCF 61
With the return of Butch Davis, FIU had their hopes high. In the first quarter, FIU was able to hang around and make it somewhat competitive until UCF scored a 50 yard TD, which was just the beginning of the UCF scoring spree.
Charlotte 7 vs Eastern Michigan 24
Charlotte attempted to keep this one close, and even bounced back after an interception returned back for a TD. Yet, Charlotte was unable to stop turning the ball over, resulting in Eastern Michigan’s win.
Navy 42 vs FAU 19
A lot of hype around this game, although many did not assume FAU would win, with Lane Kiffin’s debut, many would not be surprised. But Kiffin’s debut was drawn out by lightning delays making the game last SIX hours which most likely did not help with the team losing either.
UTEP 7 vs Oklahoma 56
UTEP was able to score early on 7th ranked Oklahoma, yet after scoring and tying the game, Oklahoma scored 49 points unanswered to end the game.
Alabama A&M 7 vs UAB 38
With the return of UAB Football, the Blazers won big in their first game since 2014. The Blazers got the feeling of what scoring felt like again, and successfully scored multiple times to win this game.
Kentucky 24 vs Southern Miss 17
Southern Miss surprisingly stayed in this game and gave a SEC team some big problems. But after turning the ball over twice in the second half, Southern Miss was unable to pull off the upset.
Albany 17 vs Old Dominion 31
Old Dominion scored early and often at the beginning of this game, but Albany started to make a comeback to attempt to steal one from Old Dominion. Luckily, Old Dominion was able to score a final TD in the fourth quarter to hold off Albany.
Miami (OH) 25 vs Marshall 31
With THREE of Marshall’s TDs coming from either interception or kickoff returns, Marshall was able to hold off Miami. Marshall played well on offense, but the defense won this game on a bat-down from a Miami Hail Mary.
Houston vs UTSA – Rescheduled
Eastern Kentucky 17 vs WKU 31
WKU Mike Sanford’s debut went beautifully as WKU was able to beat their state rivals EKU early and without any fear of a potential comeback.
Northwestern State 24 vs Louisiana Tech 52
Although a blowout, LTech and NWState were going back and forth on scoring all the way until the end of the third quarter. This is where LTech scored 28 unanswered points to give them the win.
Lamar 14 vs North Texas 59
North Texas never stopped scoring in this game. With multiples scores throughout all four quarters, Lamar was unable to stop or even match what North Texas was putting out.
Vanderbilt 28 vs Middle Tenn 6
Middle Tenn looked very sluggish, unable to score any points until the 4th quarter. Even when they scored a TD, the PAT was blocked, as Vanderbilt ran away with this game early.
As previously stated, with only six of the C-USA teams winning this week, it was an underwhelming performance. However, with next week having a few rival schools competing against each other, the standings could shake up some. Here are the current standings: