This week in C-USA | Marshall Sports


Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV: ACC RSN/Fox Sports Southwest

Announcers: Evan Lepler (PxP), Takeo Spikes (AN), Lyndsay Rowley (SL)

All-Time Series: Rice leads 2-0

Last Meeting: 1951 – Rice 21, Pittsburgh 13

FAST FACTS: The only two meetings between the schools came back in the 1950 and 1951 seasons…Pitt is looking to snap a three game losing streak, the longest of Pat Narduzzi’s head coaching tenure and the Panthers’ first since 2014. The Panthers’ starting 22 at Georgia Tech last week featured only five seniors, including one on defense….The Owls will be playing on the road for the fourth time in five games this season…As a team Rice ranks third nationally with its 107 yards combined on its 13 sacks, which are tied for 13th. The Owls’ 146 yards on 28 tackles for loss rank sixth in the country.

Location: West Point, New York

Announcers: Ben Holden (PxP), Jay Feely (AN), John Scriffen (SL)

All-Time Series: Army leads 1-0

Last Meeting: 2016 – Army 66, UTEP 14

FAST FACTS: UTEP is the first of three Conference USA schools that Army will face in the regular season (Rice and North Texas each host the Black Knights). Army is also scheduled to face a C-USA team in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas…. The Black Knights enter Saturday afternoon’s game with the third-ranked rushing attack in the country at 366.3 yards per contest. Senior QB Ahmad Bradshaw leads the team with 439 yards rushing, including a pair of 100-yard rushing games…UTEP sophomore RB Quardraiz Wadley made his season debut at New Mexico State last Saturday and rushed for a career-high 77 yards on the night.

CHARLOTTE (0-4, 0-0 C-USA)

Venue: Riccardo Silva Stadium

Announcers: Mike Gleason (PxP), Brett Romberg (AN), Michelle Gingras (SL)

All-Time Series: FIU leads 2-0

Last Meeting: 2016 – FIU 27, Charlotte 26

FAST FACTS: In last year’s meeting in Charlotte, FIU scored 14 points in the final seven minutes to rally and win, 27-26…Charlotte sophomore RB Benny LeMay is averaging 118.5 rushing yards over the last two games, including a career-high 158 yards two weeks ago vs. North Carolina A&T…FIU senior LB Anthony Wint had 10 tackles in last week’s win at Rice, the 12th time in the last three seasons that he has registered double-digit tackles.



Location: Boca Raton, Florida

Announcers: Ron Thulin (PxP), Max Starks (AN)

All-Time Series: Middle Tennessee leads 11-3

Last Meeting: 2016 – Middle Tennessee 77, Florida Atlantic 56

FAST FACTS: Last season’s meeting in Murfreesboro was historic. The 77 points scored by Middle Tennessee tied the C-USA record by one team and the 133 combined points matched the C-USA record and were the most ever scored in a regulation game…Middle Tennessee has won nine straight games in the series, the longest current series win streak in Conference USA…MT enjoyed its best offensive output of the year with 533 total yards against Bowling Green. It marked the 10th time a Raiders offense has gone over 500 yards under coordinator Tony Franklin.

NORTH TEXAS (2-2, 1-0 C-USA) at


Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Venue: M.M. Roberts Stadium

Announcers: John Cox (PxP), Lee Roberts (AN)

All-Time Series: North Texas leads 6-5

Last Meeting: 2016 – North Texas 29, Southern Miss 23

FAST FACTS: North Texas has won three of the four meetings between the schools since the Mean Green began playing in Conference USA in 2013, including last season’s 29-23 triumph in Denton, Texas…North Texas enters the game with top scoring offense in C-USA (37.8 points per game), while Southern Miss is tied for the top scoring defense (13.7 ppg)…Game features a showdown of two of the top two rushers in Conference USA. North Texas senior RB Jeffery Wilson ran for a career-high 211 yards in last Saturday’s 46-43 win over UAB. Southern Miss senior RB Ito Smith rushed for 219 yards in a win at Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 16. Those two are first and third, respectively, in rushing in C-USA, with Wilson averaging 129.5 yards per game, while Smith averages 111.0.

MARSHALL (2-1, 0-0 C-USA)

at CINCINNATI (2-2, 0-1 AAC)

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Announcers: Drew Fellios (PxP), Forrest Conoly (AN)

All-Time Series: Cincinnati leads 8-3-1

Last Meeting: 2008 – Cincinnati 33, at Marshall 10

FAST FACTS: Cincinnati returns home Saturday after its first three-game road trip in 17 years. The Bearcats played at Michigan, at Miami (OH) and at Navy. The Bearcats set season highs in nearly every offensive category at Navy, including ringing up 439 yards of total offense on what was ranked as the No. 2 defense in the American Athletic Conference…Marshall’s offensive line did not allow a sack vs. Kent State in its last outing (43 pass attempts) and has yielded just two this season (116 pass attempts). The Thundering Herd is one of six teams in the FBS that has allowed two or fewer sacks…On the other side of the ball, the Marshall defense finished with seven sacks as a team, the most by the Herd since it also recorded seven sacks against FIU on Nov. 23, 2013, a span of 45 games.

SOUTH ALABAMA (1-3, 0-1 Sun Belt)

at LOUISIANA TECH (2-2, 1-0 C-USA)

Location: Ruston, Louisiana

Venue: Joe Aillet Stadium

Announcers: TBA (PxP), TBA (AN)

All-Time Series: First Meeting

FAST FACTS: This will be the first time that Louisiana Tech has faced South Alabama, a program that began playing football in 2009 and began competition in the FBS in 2013 as a member of the Sun Belt Conference…South Alabama announced a change in its offensive coordinator on Monday, letting Bryant Vincent go after two plus seasons in that role. The Jaguars are 110th in total offense in the FBS and USA also ranks last nationally in third-down percentage, converting on just 9 of 45 opportunities (20 percent)…Louisiana Tech junior WR Teddy Veal has set new career highs for receptions in back-to-back weeks, notching nine grabs in the win at WKU on Sept. 16 and then reeling in 10 passes at South Carolina last week.

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