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Houston entered both major polls following its 54-24 win over UTEP. The Cougars appear in both polls this week at No. 23…..the Cougars ran up 309 yards on the ground and scored six rushing touchdowns in a 54-24 win over UTEP on Friday night in a departure from their typical pass heavy offense. Heisman candidate Case Keenum had a nice game but failed to throw a td pass for the first time in 31 games.

Tulsa junior QB GJ Kinne is off to a very nice start in 2010. The Texas transfer struggled at times in 2009 mainly to poor pass protection but Kinne leads all FBS quarterbacks with 755 passing yards in the first two games of the season.

East Carolina fans have to be very happy with the way the Ruffin McNeill era has started. The 100 points(51 vs Tulsa, 49 vs Memphis) scored in the first two games are the most scored in back-to-back opening games in program history. The catalyst of the Pirates attack has been junior QB Dominique Davis. After throwing five touchdowns vs. Tulsa, he accounted for five scores against Memphis, throwing three TD passes and running for two more. He completed 27-of-38 passes for 244 yards.

Southern Miss junior WR DeAndre Brown has NFL written all over him when it comes to athletic ability and talent. The question that has arisen with Brown is consistent effort. Through the first two games of the season Brown has 9 receptions for 165 yards and 2tds. All while being called out publicly by Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora for his effort on some plays following a season opening loss to South Carolina. “If you look at his game from the other night there was nothing special on his part. It wasn’t even an average performance to be honest with you”, Fedora stated in the Monday press conference following the opener.

UCF coach George O’Leary is battling a QB controversy with junior Rob Calabrese and true freshman Jeff Godfrey at the center of the storm. O’Leary is set to name a starter on Friday with most thinking Godfrey will get the starting nod following a late game entrance and impressive performance last Saturday in a 28-21 loss to NC St.

There has been a lot of anticipation at Rice since Sam McGuffie announced he was transferring from Michigan following the 2008 season. He has had mixed success in the first two games rushing for 80 yards in two game at 2.3 yards per carry. He has also caught 5 passes for 84 yards and 1 TD.

83 players from CUSA schools appeared on the opening day rosters of NFL teams this past weekend. All 12 C-USA schools are represented, with at least four or more players appearing from nine of the schools. UCF has the most former players on current NFL rosters with 12, while Memphis has 11 and Marshall has nine. Included are 12 players that have made at least one Pro Bowl appearance in their careers.

Best Team win week 2:

I’m going with the 32-31 Rice win over North Texas. It might not have been the most impressive win but not losing this game was huge for the Owl’s. Coming off a 2-10 2009 they did not want to start 2010 0-2.

Worst team loss week 2:

Although certainly not a terrible performance the Marshall loss to West Virginia was a heartbreaker. It would have been a huge win for Doc Holliday in his second game as head coach at Marshall in front of a record setting home crowd in Huntington.  To blow a 15 point 4th quarter lead made it even more painful.

CUSA Power rankings:

  1. East Carolina – Two good CUSA wins to start the season.
  2. Houston – Number two so far based on a slightly weaker schedule.
  3. Tulsa – Nice win over Bowling Green and a close loss at East Carolina
  4. SMU – Close loss at Texas Tech and convincing home win over UAB.
  5. UCF – Close loss at home to NC St
  6. Rice – Respectable loss vs Texas and road win at North Texas
  7. Southern Miss – Bounced back from loss at South Carolina with win over Prairie View.
  8. UTEP – Big loss at Houston.
  9. Marshall –  No wins yet but a brutal schedule and heartbreaker vs West Virginia.
  10. Tulane – Non impressive home win vs SE Louisiana and home loss to Ole Miss.
  11. Memphis – No wins but both losses on the road.
  12.  UAB – No wins so far and tough schedule stretch ahead.

 Ranking the CSUA games for Week 3:

  1. East Carolina at Virginia Tech – Playing 0-2 VT in Blacksburg isn’t good timing but the Tech defense is giving up 27ppg through the first two games. VT 30 – ECU 23
  2. Tulsa at Oklahoma State – Tulsa can score points but also give them up. Not a prescription for success playing Okie St. in Stillwater.  OSU 40 – Tulsa 30
  3. Kansas at Southern Miss – A pivotal game for both teams. KU looked terrible in their opener but much better vs a possibly overrated Georgia Tech. Hattiesburg will be rocking for a national TV audience on Friday night. Southern Miss 24 – KU 17
  4. Houston at UCLA – UCLA has struggled mightily on offense and they have yet to face an offense as high powered as the Cougars.  Houston 38  –  UCLA 17
  5. Washington State at SMU – Washington St beat Montana St by one point at home and opponents are averaging almost 6 yards per play. At home Kyle Padron and company should have a good day. SMU 31 – Washington State 21
  6. Northwestern at Rice  – Northwestern plays their typically tough defense and QB Dan Persa has completed 86% of his passes through two games. Rice will have to improve on a 2.4 yards per rush average but should be able to keep it close at home. Northwestern 26 – Rice 19
  7. Marshall at Bowling Green – How will Marshall bounce back from the brutal loss to West Virginia? Both teams need a win to avoid an 0-3 start. Home opener for Bowling Green after road losses at Troy and Tulsa. Bowling Green 28 – Marshall 21
  8. UCF at Buffalo – Frosh QB Jeff Godfrey could get the starting nod after an impressive performance in the loss to NC St. Buffalo isn’t the toughest road  UCF 24  – Buffalo 16
  9. Middle Tennessee at Memphis – Memphis opponents have averaged almost five yards per rush. MTSU has averaged six yards per rush. MTSU 28 – Memphis 17
  10. Troy at UAB – Troy scared Oklahoma St to death last week in Stillwater. UAB needs a win badly this week before hitting the road at Tennessee and UCF in the next two weeks. Freshman QB Corey Robinson is doing a nice job or Troy. UAB will need a big game from QB David Isabelle. Troy 24 – UAB 17.
  11. New Mexico State at UTEP – NMSU has lost eight straight games going back to last season. Look for UTEP to bounce back big from their loss to Houston. UTEP 38 – NMSU 10

Week 3 CUSA Players of the week:

Houston junior RB  Bryce Beall was named CUSA offensive player of the week . Beall rushed for his career-best 195 yards on 19 carries for a 10.3 yard average. He scored three touchdowns, tying a career best. Beall scored on runs of 43, 35 and 31 yards in helping Houston to a 54-24 win over UTEP in the conference opener.

Marshall senior DE Vinny Curry earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after a big performance in the Herd’s game vs. No. 22 West Virginia. Curry had 11 tackles, three for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles in Marshall’s near upset of No. 22 West Virginia on Friday night. Curry led a Marshall defensive effort that did not allow a West Virginia touchdown until the fourth quarter.

Special Teams player of the week was Tulsa junior K Kevin Fitzpatrick, who had four field goals in Tulsa’s 33-20 victory over Bowling Green.

Written by John Huber @Fort80 on Twitter

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One Response to Around CUSA:

  1. Every day is a great day to be a UCF Knight says Knight Fan Stan
    http://www.knightfanstan.com

    Thanks for the update John Huber. Great work !

    KFS

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