Early Season Reports – Conference USA

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East Carolina

Recap:  After a narrow win over Appalachian State, East Carolina took beatings from West Virginia and North Carolina on the road.

Stats so far:  East Carolina ranks 96th with 3.33 yards per rush attempt and 112th with 5.1 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 22 points and 268 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 52nd with 3.48 yards allowed per rush attempt and 113th with 9.3 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 30 points and 396 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Pirates will face UCF, Marshall, and Southern Methodist.

Marshall

Recap:  Marshall has a couple of close wins over Southern Illinois and Bowling Green to go with a blowout loss to Virginia Tech in their 2-1 start.

Stats so far: Marshall is 46th with 4.4 yards per rush attempt and 92nd with 6 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 19.3 points and gained 328.7 yards on offense per game. Defensively, they are 114th with 5.53 yards allowed per rush attempt and 55th with 6.3 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 30 points and 436.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Thundering Herd take on Memphis, East Carolina, and Tulane.

Memphis

Recap:  Memphis suffered blowout losses to Mississippi and Middle Tennessee before putting up a 41-14 win over Tennessee-Martin.

Stats so far:  Memphis ranks 94th with 3.34 yards per rush attempt and 88th with 6.1 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 23 points and 321 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 74th with 4.09 yards allowed per rush attempt and 105th with 8.4 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 30 points and 397 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Tigers meet up with Marshall, UCF, and UTEP.

Southern Mississippi

Recap:  The 3-0 start includes a shutout of Alcorn State and some nice wins over UCF and Virginia.

Stats so far:  Southern Miss is 24th with 5.2 yards per rush attempt and 57th with 7.1 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 38.3 points and gained 453 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 5th with 1.6 yards allowed per rush attempt and 36th with 5.9 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 17.7 points and 251.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Golden Eagles have three straight road games against Kansas, UAB, and Louisville.

Alabama-Birmingham

Recap:  After blasting Rice, UAB suffered losses to Southern Methodist and Troy.

Stats so far:  UAB ranks 3rd with 6.42 yards per rush attempt and 67th with 6.8 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 30.3 points and 416.3 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 70th with 3.98 yards allowed per rush attempt and 104th with 8.3 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 28.7 points and 459.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  UAB faces some tough games as their next three include Texas A&M, Southern Miss, and Mississippi.

Central Florida

Recap:  UCF has been living on the edge, notching close wins over Samford and Buffalo, while dropping a tight one to Southern Miss.

Stats so far:  UCF is 110th with 2.82 yards per rush attempt and 81st with 6.4 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 23.3 points and gained 262.3 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 27th with 2.84 yards allowed per rush attempt and 64th with 6.7 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 22.3 points and 324.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Knights will face East Carolina, Memphis, and Miami (FL).

Houston

Recap:  Houston ripped Northwestern State before upsetting Oklahoma State 45-35.

Stats so far:  Houston ranks 77th with 3.76 yards per rush attempt and 14th with 9 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 50 points and 525 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 89th with 4.33 yards allowed per rush attempt and 18th with 5.2 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 21 points and 348.5 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Cougars will try to pull off another big upset against Texas Tech, then take on UTEP and Mississippi State.

Rice

Recap:  Three road trips, three lopsided losses to UAB, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State.

Stats so far:  Rice is 108th with 2.89 yards per rush attempt and 105th with 5.5 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 19.3 points and gained 341.7 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 110th with 5.29 yards allowed per rush attempt and 115th with 9.7 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 46.7 points and 475.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Owls take on Vanderbilt, Tulsa, and Navy in their search for that first win.

Southern Methodist

Recap:  SMU beat Stephen F. Austin and UAB before dropping a close one on the road to Washington State.

Stats so far:  SMU ranks 71st with 3.82 yards per rush attempt and 76th with 6.6 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 31 points and 432 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 78th with 4.15 yards allowed per rush attempt and 41st with 6 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 28.7 points and 394.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Mustangs have three straight night games against TCU, East Carolina and Navy.

Tulane

Recap:  Tulane has been trounced by Tulsa and BYU.

Stats so far:  Tulane is 118th with 1.31 yards per rush attempt and 51st with 7.5 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 8 points and gained 263 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 98th with 4.63 yards allowed per rush attempt and 116th with 9.9 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 45.5 points and 469.5 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Green Wave will try to get a win out of McNeese State, then hope for the best against Army and Marshall.

Tulsa

Recap:  Tulsa put up nice wins against Tulane and New Mexico, but took a beating in a shutout by Oklahoma.

Stats so far:  Tulsa ranks 74th with 3.8 yards per rush attempt and 51st with 7.5 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have averaged 27 points and 390 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 23rd with 2.76 yards allowed per rush attempt and 97th with 7.8 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 22.7 points and 354.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Golden Hurricane take on Sam Houston State, Rice and Boise State.

Texas – El Paso

Recap:  UTEP lost to Buffalo and Kansas, then put a hurting on New Mexico State.

Stats so far:  UTEP is 83rd with 3.6 yards per rush attempt and 102nd with 5.7 yards per passing attempt.  Overall, they have scored 20.7 points and gained 306 yards on offense per game.  Defensively, they are 103rd with 4.77 yards allowed per rush attempt and 70th with 6.8 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have allowed 23 points and 389.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Miners have some big challenges in Texas, Houston, and Memphis.

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