It was a stuffed weekend of C-USA action. With eleven basketball games already played and six more scheduled for today. We also had six football games that saw two qualify for bowl eligibility and another remain alive. We'll start with football the current standings are.
Conference USA Standings
The biggest shocker of them all was ODU's dramatic OT victory over West leader Lousiana Tech. With the win they focus all their attention to FAU as this team deserves to finish at .500.
Western Kentucky has now won four out of the last five games to become bowl eligible for the fourth straight season. Marshall waits them in the season finale. Right now Marshall needs all the help they can get to receive the Access bid so it's a good thing WKU is on a row and has a winning record.
It was not easy but Middle Tennessee secured bowl eligibility for the third year in a row and six out of the last nine years with their come from behind victory over Florida Atlantic.
Singletary picks off Johnson to end the game! MT defeats FAU, 35-34. What a finish! #MTvsFAU— Middle Tennessee FB (@MT_FB) November 23, 2014
UAB reminded us all week that they had previously beat ranked teams but most of us just laughed them off. The Blazers played their hearts out in front of a big loud crowd at Legion Field but in the end a crucial turnover saved the conference millions.
North Texas beat Florida International to improve to 4-7 in the season.
RICE showed they are still in contention to repeat as C-USA champions. The 31-13 victory over UTEP set up a winner take all game vs Louisiana Tech. This makes it three years in a row with at least seven victories for the Owls.
We have six bowl eligible teams and two more can become eligible with wins this upcoming weekend. With only five guaranteed bowl bids for C-USA it might get a little crowded if Marshall doesn't get selected for a New Year's Bowl.
Over in basketball land a couple of C-USA teams picked up some decent wins for the league. We are off to a 31-13 start and still have plenty of opportunities to increase our overall RPI.
Conference USA Standings
On Friday Old Dominion and Charlotte picked up wins in their respective tournaments. Old Dominion can advance to the championship game of the Paradise Jam with a win over Illinois St tonight. Charlotte beat South Carolina 65-63 to advance to the championship game of the Charleston Classic.
Way to go Monarchs. Beat LSU in Paradise Jam 70-61!!!!!— ODU Athletics (@ODUSports) November 22, 2014
The C-USA favorite Bulldogs picked up two wins over Morehead St and American in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic. They host Presbyterian today for the last leg of the tournament.
Locally 11,127 marched into the Don Haskins to witness one of the finest basketball rivalries in the nation. Luckily Mullins missed the last shot and UTEP stole a game over the Aggies. It was a heroic comeback but we have to finish the game next time. The Wildcats might not be as forgiving in a similar situation.
Misses the second, NMSU misses at the buzzer and the Miners WIN 77-76!!!!!!!! #minerstrong— UTEP Miners (@UTEPAthletics) November 23, 2014
UTSA took out rival Texas St to give the conference another noteworthy win.
We suffered some losses along the way. Western Kentucky missed a buzzer beater and lost 64-63 to (3-1) Belmont.
RICE hosted (3-1) William & Mary and just could not complete the comeback.
The Owls' furious rally falls just short. William & Mary holds on for a 69-65 win. Gearhart led the Owls with 14 points, 5 rebounds.— Rice Owls Basketball (@RiceBasketball) November 23, 2014
UAB has improved to 2-2 with a win over Jackson St. They will play #3 Wisconsin in the Battle 4 Atlantis next.
Florida Atlantic gets a shot at Georgia on TV today at 3pm MT.
10 minutes from tipoff vs. Georgia. Listen on@@ESPNWestPalm & watch on FSN or ESPN3 pic.twitter.com/bxy2ecAbgT— FAU Men's Basketball (@FAU_Hoops) November 23, 2014
If you rather watch some Conference USA basketball than the Dallas Cowboys you have two options tonight.
Charlotte plays Miami in the championship game at 7pm MT if you would like to catch that game over on ESPN2.
Old Dominion will also be in action up against (1-1) Illinois St on CBS Sports at 7pm MT.
North Texas plays tonight against (2-1) Iona. That game will not be televised but it's still worth keeping an eye on the score.
Enjoy what's left off your weekend and we'll be back next week. Stay tuned we will have full coverage of the Wooden Legacy and Senior Night at the Sun Bowl.