These last couple of weeks have been difficult for the world and for this site — site has been a little quiet on account of a tremendous amount of work. There have been cancellations and struggles but we do know that UAB and Marshall are the class of this conference. They both played inferior opponents this week but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t lose. Elsewhere, there was a pillow fight, and an out-of-conference matchup.
UAB 37 WKU 14
UAB put up 358 and held WKU to 250 as they rolled 37-14 and kept up the home winning streak (21). Bryson Lucero threw for just 141 and an interception but WKU has been struggling on offense without having played a good defense like UAB. They did not mount much of a threat after the 14 early points. UAB continued its winning streak against CUSA foes at Legion field and could very well win out there before moving to new Protective Field.
Marshall 35 La Tech 17
The Herd thoroughly dominated this game on either side of the ball. Brendon Knox ran for 126 and two scores while Grant Wells had a solid QB game throwing for 227 and 2 scores himself. He was effective, and efficient, and also threw a couple of dimes. All in all, this is the kind of performance a good team should put on: handling their business. Marshall’s defense put on a show against a depleted Tech team and the offense put up big numbers.
Army 28 UTSA 16
UTSA out gained and had more plays than Army and had the time of possession until the fourth quarter. We saw a little of Frank Harris again and UTSA hung around long enough to make things interesting. UTSA is now 3-3 with a couple of those losses being moral victory types.
UNT 52 MTSU 35
We had a game between two bad teams but we were entertained. North Texas put up a school record 768 yards — the second time they have done so this season and another while being quarterbacked by Jason Bean. That’s right, NT made another QB switch but this time to great effect. Bean helped NT put up 462 rush yards (169 himself). Middle had a 21-7 lead at one point but could not stop the Bean-led NT onslaught — five straight touchdowns. Middle managed only one late TD after 28 first half points.
What Did We Learn?
UAB and Marshall seem headed for a big December matchup — now on Friday, December 18th. Both programs are too good for their respective divisions and they simply need to make it through the schedule unscathed and un-diagnosed with COVID. The rest of the league is in the middle of rebuilds or reinvention or mucking around in the middle of previous ones that aren’t going well. The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues and there is no telling the future pretty much anything. Right now, UTSA looks like they are in a better spot. Louisiana Tech is so depleted it is difficult to gauge. Middle looks like they might need new leadership soon. North Texas has an incredible offense but the worst defense in the nation.