October 6, 2010 Leave a comment
Tulane traveled into New Jersey as a team that hadn’t won a road game since early last season, and left with a huge upset win. I know Rutgers hasn’t been a force this season, but Tulane has been far from it. The rest of the Conference played out as many expected it to. SMU and Tulsa continue to put up points in bunches, Southern Miss looks like a dominant contender for the league title and North Carolina beat the Pirates of ECU soundly. Lets take a look at some of last weeks Top Performances.
Week 5 Top Performances
Tulsa QB GJ Kinne continues his dual threat dominance. He threw for 214 yards and 2 scores, while gaining another 34 yards on the ground and 1 TD. He has really taken to the hurry up, no huddle offense this season.
The trio at SMU consisting of QB Kyle Padron and WR’s Cole Beasley and Aldrick Robinson had a monster game. Padron threw for 371 yards and 3 scores, with a 75 % complection percentage. He is good! Beasley and Robinson combined for 14 receptions 306 receiving yards and 2 scores. In this same game, Owls running back Sam McGuffie also had a pretty good day with 96 rushing yards and 45 yards receiving.
Austin Davis didn’t really fill up the stat book on Saturday for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, but the QB did have 4 total TD. He threw for 1 score and rushed for 3 more in the blowout victory over Marshall.
Conference USA Top to Bottom
- 1. Southern Miss (4-1) I know they played Marshall, but they looked like the best team.
- 2. East Carolina (2-2) Had to drop them off the top after the blowout loss.
- 3. Houston (3-1) If they can keep the pressure off Broadway with the running game, they should be fine.
- 4. SMU (3-2) Offense is king here, and they have the weapons to compete.
- 5. UTEP (4-1) Trevor Vittatoe continues to lead this team to wins.
- 6. UCF (2-2) After the tough loss to KState and a bye week, how will they respond?
- 7. Tulsa (3-2) GJ Kinne is the real deal, but can they stop anybody on Defense?
- 8. Rice (1-4) We saw a glimpse of the potential offered by Sam McGuffie, will it continue?
- 9. UAB (1-3) UAB has found a QB mix that works, UCF should be a good match up.
- 10. Marshall (1-4) The bye week came at a good time for the struggling Herd.
- 11. Memphis (1-4) Heading to Lousville isn’t the best situation for the Tigers right now, especially after losing their starting QB to a concussion.
Week 6 Matchups and Picks
UAB @ UCF Both teams will be using 2 quarterbacks in different fashions for tonight’s game, does that mean neither team has one? I like the way the UCF defense has been playing, so I will take the Knights 27-10.
Memphis @ Louisville Memphis just needs to hope they get some lucky bounces in this game. The young Cardinals have more talent than do the Tigers, but experience is lacking. I like the Cardinals at home 33-17
East Carolina @ Southern Miss This is one game that every football fan should watch, or atleast DVR and watch later. The top 2 teams in the East Division square off in what should decide the divisions champ. This game is going to feature the 14th ranked ECU passing attack and the 16th ranked Southern Miss Defense. Defense will prevail in the Golden Eagles Homecoming game, SoMiss wins 22-20.
Mississippi State @ Houston Houston gets a big time test to come to their house on Saturday, and I don’t like their chances. It’s not a CUSA game, so a loss won’t kill them. I think the Bulldogs will be the more physical team and take this game from the Cougars easily. I like Miss St, 28-17.
Army @ Tulane Army lost a tough game to Temple last week, but have been pefrect on the road so far this season. Tulane is coming off a huge upset victory over Rutgers. I like the Army option attack lead by QB Trent Steelman, who had a hand in all 5 Black Knight TD’s last week. The Black Knights should take this game, 30-21.
Tulsa @ SMU This game is going to be a good one, with 2 of the top QB’s in the C-USA with GJ Kinne and Kyle Padron. Watch the scoreboard light up in this game, as I like SMU to take it 41-34.
Rice @ UTEP UTEP should take this game easily at home, Rice just doesn’t have to firepower to keep up with Trevor Vittatoe and company. I’ll take the Miners, 31-23.
Written by Jason Madson @isbnJMAD on Twitter