Mid majors Tuesday, NIU, & the BCS

One game tonight: NIU hosts a   weak  Western Michigan and Jordan Lynch will  continue their undefeated march to another major bowl game. More later in the week.  Here’s my final must-see poll of the season.

Bowling Green /Buffalo victor wins the MAC East.

Ark St travels to WKU  and needs a win  against the improving Hilltoppers to stay in the SunBelt title race.

Carden and ECU Pirates travel to Huntingdon WVA to face Marshall(Cato) for the CUSA East crown.

MAC

Lynch for the Heisman. Yes, I’ll continue to repeat myself.  P.J. Fleck helped recruit quarterback Jordan Lynch to Northern Illinois so the first-year Western Michigan coach had to stand there and watch him rush for 321 yards and 3TDs, plus a passing TD in 33-14 NIU win.  Bowling Green took care of Buffalo  to win the MAC West and  will try to derail the Lynch train in the MAC final next week. Akron edged Toledo in the only close contest yesterday.  Ball St, Ohio, & C.Michigan had easy wins over , respectively, MiamiO , UMass, and E.Mich.

Sunbelt

Troy became bowl eligible with a 52-28 win over Tx St. Petrino’s WKU Hilltoppers continued their late season improvement with a 34-31 win over Ark St and ULM  gave ULL it’s first conference loss. ULL holds a one game lead over Ark St and faces a tough foe  ,  the S. Bama Jags, next week  The  Metheny to Jones  Jags’ connection was too much for Ga St. yesterday.

CUSA

 Cato’s Herd  easily beat ECU 59-28 and clinched  the East which will like ly set up a Marshall/Rice  CUSA final if Rice beats Tulane today. FAU  beat FIU in the Shula Bowl.

 

Rice held off Tulane in the closest CUSA contest. S.Miss blew out  UAB for  it’s first conference win  since 2011 behind Mullens’ five TD passes. UTSA, MTSU, & N.Tex cruised by ,respectively, La Tech, Tulsa, & UTEP 

I can’t sign off w/o saying (again): Skip Holtz must go for La Tech to flourish.  A bowl preview of mid -major squads is in the oven.

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