There are more pressing concerns than football on the east coast right now, but there are football games going on this weekend in this conference.
The game of the week is in Fayetteville, Arkansas as the North Texas Mean Green visit the Arkansas Razorbacks. Mean Green Nation has a preview.
In other news, there was a game played Thursday that did not end well for ODU. In a shocking turn of events, Brad Lambert is not the coach on the hottest seat in the league right now.
The unofficial hottest rankings are as follows:
- Mike Sanford, WKU
- Bobby Wilder, ODU
- Brad Lambert, Charlotte
Of course, Wilder probably keeps his job because of the good he’s done over ten years. Choosing to stick with the talented freshman Williams at QB was always going to be rough, but the breakdown of the run game and the defensive miscues have been the real culprit.
Let us take a peek around the league:
Charlotte 28, Old Dominion 25
ODU fans are calling for Bobby Wilder’s head, while Harry Minium is telling everyone to not @ the players. It is a mess. Wilder is not happy, but he is right when he says that they have not played any normal games this season thus far.
Middle Tennessee at 3 Georgia 11am ESPNews
Tough game for Middle comes at an awkward time. The time shift to an earlier slot may provide a little chaos. Georgia should roll in this one easily.
Line: MTSU +33.5 O/U: 57
Pick: Georgia by 30
UTEP at Tennessee 11 am SEC Network
I do not see good things in the future for Dana Dimel’s squad. Tennessee got roughed up by WVU, but UTEP does not have nearly the same offensive firepower. Mike Canales returns to the Tennessee sideline, but on the visitor’s side.
Line: UTEP + 31.5 O/U: 48.5
Pick: Tennessee by 35
Tulane at UAB Noon Stadium/FB
A matchup of former conference foes with a little smack talked already laid on the line. The Tulane QB called UAB “a lower team” and that should not sit well with the Blazers after getting upset by Coastal Carolina last week.
Line: UAB +3.5 O/U: 57
Pick: UAB by 7
UTSA at Kansas State 3pm FSN
UTSA played better home against Baylor than they did against Arizona St. The offense still looked poor, and the QB situation is not decided completely. Kansas St looked bad against Miss St, but that may be an indicator of how good the Bulldogs are. I think the last time UTSA played well on the road was against Baylor last season.
Line: UTSA +21.5 O/U: 47
Pick: KSU by 17
North Texas at Arkansas 3pm SEC Net Alt
The game of the week simply because there is a groundswell of folks picking North Texas to upset Arkansas, so much that it almost does not feel like an upset. Honestly, the way people are talking you wouldn’t know that NT are 6 point underdogs. Because we are all expecting a shootout, we probably will see a 17-12 stinker.
Line: NT +6 O/U: 68
Pick: NT 38-31
Bethune-Cookman at Florida Atlantic 5 pm Stadium
FAU has a tune-up game that will allow Chris Robison to pad his passing stats again, and perhaps maybe get star running back Motor Singletary unstuck.
None at publish timeFAU -39 O/U: 58.5
Pick: FAU by 25
Massachusetts at FIU 6:30 pm beIN
Massachussetts should not be too much of a challenge for FIU, who are the beIN Game of the week again. That Florida connection, I see. James Morgan had a field day throwing against a poor ODU defense. We get to see if he is for real or just benefited from that Monarch help.
Line: FIU -3.5 O/U: 63
Pick: FIU by 10
WKU at Louisville 6:30 pm ACC RSN
Once upon a time this was going to be a battle of great offensive minds in current Purdue head coache Jeff Brohm and former WKU coach Bobby Petrino. Instead, we have a lopsided matchup wherein Louisville should win easily. The national media have already started whispering about Mike Sanford’s job.
Line: WKU +23 O/U: 46.5
Pick: Louisville by 30