Can Marshall Cato ( 246-414, 3314 yds, 34 tds)ride the Herd to another victory and win the CUSA. They had an easier time defeating ECU last week than I expected, but Rice has a formidable rushing attack led by Ross( 183 car, 1143 yds, 12 tds). Rice has a slightly better D, but look for Cato to find Gator Hoskins, a TE who’ll play on Sunday, often and trim the Owls feathers 24-23.
Some Marshall fans are ticked that BCS rankings were used to give Rice home field. More formulas and now some history: Marshall will be playing for its first conference championship since winning their sixth straight Mid-American conference title in 2002. Rice won a share of the Southwest Conference championship in 1994 and their last outright conference title was the 1957 SWC championship.
Congrats to Rice and it’s ground game of 250 yards. Also, the Owls D slowed down Cato and it appeared he was telegraphing his passes.
Bowling Green has an upghill battle against NIU and Lynch. Maybe Greene ( 235 car, 1422 yds, 10 tds) will rush them to victory, but I’ll let Lynch’s numbers do the talking:
Passing: Lynch – 212-329, 2457 yds, 22 tds
Rushing: Lynch – 248 car, 1755 yds, 20 tds
Well, I was wrong big time. Matt Johnson , the Bowling Green Falcons QB, stole the show throwing 4 of his 5 TD passes in the first half against NIU. Lynch had a so-so night and his Heisman hopes may have vanished. Props to the Falcons who last won a MAC title in 1992.
If The Terence Broadway lights shine for ULL against USA then the Cajuns win the SunBelt, but If Metheny and the improved Jags pull the upset than idle Ark St will be tied with ULL for the Sun Belt title.
South Alabama Jags (6-6, 4-3 Sun Belt) are up for most improved squad of the 2013 season. Jay Jones did the bulk of the rushing with 105 yards while Ken Houston scored two rushing TDs in their 30-8 win over conference leader ULL.
Mid-majors bowl preview blog will be started later tonight (Sunday) or early tomorrow.