CUSA 2014/15 hoops preview (in progress)

Just sketching it out

1. UTEP Miners | 2. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | 3.Southern Miss Golden Eagles 4 Charlotte 49ers | 5. Old Dominion Monarchs | 6. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers | 7. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders |
8. UAB Blazers | 9.So North Texas Mean Green |
10. Marshall Thundering Herd | 11. Florida Atlantic Owls | 12. Florida International Golden Panthers | 13. UTSA Roadrunners | 14. Rice Owls

New- Western Kentucky

Departed – Tulsa, Tulane and East Carolina

Four new head coaches Dan D’Antoni (Marshall) and Michael Curry (FAU) — joining veteran Doc Sadler (Southern Miss) replacing Tyndall who went to Tennessee  and rookie Mike Rhoades (Rice) in the league.

week 9 quick 3

Hurrying up for a Tuesday Sunbelt game which also makes my list.

SunBelt Ga Southern is 4-0  in conference play but Ark St and ULL are also undefeated (2-0). Ark St has a decent rushing game led by Gordon,  Knighten(QB) and White.  McGuire, Broadway(QB), and Harris  will get the better of the ground warfare . ULL 25 Ark St 19

MAC- Again, I’ll take  the Minutemen led by Frohnappel (2483 yards, 18TDs, 6 ints) in an aerial invasion of Toledo. UMass 35 Toledo 26

CUSA: FAU has re-gained some swagger and look for Jay Warren averaging 5 yards a carry to keep the Owls close at Marshall, Cato’s arm and Devan’s legs will  outlast them . Marshall 30 FAU 27 CUSA will get my poll vote this week.


Post game reviews:

Oct 23: Bigger score (ULL 55 Ark St 40) than expected  and McGuire and Knighten exploded.

Passing: F Knighten (ARST) – 344 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing:  E McGuire (ULL) – 19 CAR, 265 YDS, 4 TD



Week 8 , quick 3


Holtz’ Bulldogs have had an erratic season and UTSA is coming off a big win over FIU. UTSA  Roadwarriors prevail by 5.

Slim SunBelt pickings. I’ll take Texas St outlasting ULL at home on Tuesday  night

Both UMass and E. Michigan discovered their  offenses again. Frohnapel’s passing will lead the Minutemen to a home victory.


Oct 15: Post game  review-  TX St struggled all night  in a 28-10 loss to ULL who’s QB Broadway threw for 225 yards and a TD and rushed for 101 yards

Oct 19:  LT and USTA exchanged leads , but K. Dixon (LT) – 28 CAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD  and the Bulldogs came out on top.

In the only one I got correct  the Minutemen had too much ammo for  EMU Eagles

Passing: B. Frohnapfel (UMASS) – 337 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Abrokwah (UMASS) – 24 CAR, 135 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: T. Sharpe (UMASS) – 13 REC, 193 YDS


Week 7, quick 3

CUSA: It’s hard to ignore the Thundering Herd O led by Cato and Devan J, and they ‘ll come out a winner  in a close one against the rushing attack of MTSU led by Whatley & Parker.

SunBelt- Tough week for a good matchup so I figure the  NM St Aggies  led by Mr Rogers will steal a close one at Troy


MAC:  After getting crushed by Marshall, Akron upset Pitt and zipped by E.Mich. They ‘ll survive Miami (Ohio) by a FG .

Oct 12 review

Akron had a tough time before holding off Miami (Ohio) 29-19 in the closest game of  the three. Herd crushed MTSU so  I was barely correct. And I never foresaw Burks gaining  a 176 yard on 10 carries  as Troy pulled away from NM St in the 4Q.

Another two out of three week.

week 6, best game poll


Marshall Herd  should  eventually ride away from ODU. Cato and Devan Johnson will prevail in a battle at ODU .Monarchs QB Heinicke will keep them in the game for three quarters.


NIU survives the Kent St flashes in a home nailbiter


Passing Pete Thomas will lead the Warhawks in a shootout W @ and over Ark St



Another 2 out of 3 week:   Correct on: Marshall 56 ODU 14 , NIU 17 Kent 14


Wrong about Ark St 28 ULM 14:  It was their Knighten to McKissic connection, not Thomas of  ULM

Sept 27 quick hits, poll

I picked USTA as my CUSA darkhorse, but I’m leaning toward FAU as the season progresses. I’m going with FAU in a  home nail-biter  W over USTA . Keep your eyes on the QBs Passing:  USTA-Carter – 44-72, 400 yds, 1 td.   FAU Johnson – 35-60, 478 yds, 4 td


Another Glass Bowl MAC game:   The passing of  CMU’s QB Rush – 62-102, 706 yds, 4 tds will be enough  for a W @Toledo


SunBelt:  Troy U will not recover from the UGA drubbing to win at ULM led by the passing of Thomas – 63-115, 650 yds, 2 ts


Sept 28 Post game review:

2 out  of 3 ain’t bad: ULM edged Troy thanks to it’s D creating turnovers amd Manton, thier kicker.. FAUQB Johnson tossed the winning TD with  20 seconds remaining   for the W. Toledo  QB  Woodside was the difference and gave me my wrong  selection in the Rockets 42-28 W. Staying in the MAC, how about Akron’d holding Pitt (ACC) to 10 points in a W.

sept 20 quick hits

One game from the each (MAC, CUSA, & Sunbelt)

The N. Mex St Aggies  (2-1, 1-0 Sun Belt)beat  Ga St   in their return to the SunBelt, but I’m intrigued by their intra-state matchup against the New Mexico Lobos(0-2, 0-0 MW) who have to be expecting more from Coach Bob Davie. Lobos are on the road with a limited offense led by Gautsche – 14 car, 184 yds, 2 tds.  Davie will coax his sqaud into a final minute squeaker W. The passing of Aggies QB Rogers – 65-111, 723 yds, 7 tds will keep this one close

Rice(0-2, 0-0 C-USA) Owls  will hang onto their season and beat the  ODU (2-1, 0-0 C-USA newbies ) in a battle of passers:  ODU- Heinicke – 81-119, 742 yds, 5 tds Rice-Jackson – 34-56, 375 yds, 2 tds



MAC:Ground game battle as Ball St  led by Edwards – 63 car, 265 yds, 2 tds visits  Toledo led by Hunt – 47 car, 385 yds, 6 tds. Hoe team Rockets will shatter  the Card in the Glass Bowl game

Sept 21 brief review  2 out of 3 ain’t bad
Heinicke  ( 430 yards, 5 TDs)  was a major factor in the ODU upset road win.

Last second TD pass saves  the Lobos

Hunt (12 carries 142 yards, 1TD) in the Toledo W