Conference USA Football: Who Is Bowling Where?

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Tulsa Heading To Hawaii Bowl, SMU Will Play In Armed Forces Bowl

The Hawaii Bowl’s official website (and no, I don’t care that it’s the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl) has noted that the Tulsa Golden Hurricane have accepted an invitation to the game.

They’ll play the Hawaii Warriors, who almost always play in this game when they are bowl eligible. It’ll be one of the first games on the bowl schedule: it’s set to played on Christmas Eve at 7 PM CT.

SMU accepted an invitation to play in their hometown of Dallas, where they’ll take on Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. That game will be at noon on December 30th.


Conference USA Bowl Bids -- UTEP Heads To New Mexico Bowl

The biggest surprise of the Conference USA bids thus far is that the UTEP Miners, rather than play in the New Orleans Bowl, instead are headed to the New Mexico Bowl to play against the BYU Cougars. Very neat little matchup they put together over there.

That’s the only place that the teams have differed from our very own Dustin Rensink’s projections earlier this week. The Central Florida Knights won the conference and will play in the Liberty Bowl, the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles have accepted an invitation to the Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburgh Bowl, and the East Carolina Pirates are headed to Washington to play in the Military Bowl.

That leaves the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the SMU Mustangs as the only two bowl-eligible C-USA teams not to have locked their spots up. The traditional tie-ins would point to the Hawaii Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl and New Orleans Bowl. Dustin projected SMU to the Armed Forces and Tulsa to the Hawaii earlier this week.

EDIT: Full schedule below

UTEP vs. BYU -- New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. -- Albuquerque
Southern Miss vs. Louisville Cardinals -- Beef O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl, Dec. 21, 8 p.m. -- St. Petersburg 
Tulsa vs. Hawaii Warriors-- Hawaii Bowl, Dec. 24, 8 p.m. -- Honolulu
Maryland Terrapins vs. East Carolina -- Military Bowl, Dec. 29, 2 p.m. -- Washington D.C.
SMU vs. Army Black Knights -- Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 30, 11 a.m. -- Dallas
Georgia vs. UCF -- Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m. -- Memphis


Week 14 College Football CUSA Championship Odds

The regular season is over and done with for Conference USA, and all that’s left to do is crown a champion. To settle this matter, the SMU Mustangs and Central Florida Knights will meet in Orlando. Central Florida comes in at 10-3, SMU at just 7-5, but both teams have played very good football down the stretch to get to this point.

UCF is favored by 9.5 points at home against the Mustangs.


CUSA College Football Scores And Standings -- Week 13

Every bit of suspense as far as who would win Conference USA was taken care of on Thursday night. With SMU’s overtime win over East Carolina and Tulsa’s defeat of Southern Miss, SMU clinched honors as West champions and UCF clinched East champions by virtue of the two teams that could tie them both losing. Everything is now wrapped up asides from whether the Cougars can sneak their way into a bowl game.


SMU 45, East Carolina 38 (OT) — ECU rallied from down 14 at the end of the third quarter to catch up to SMU, but Kyle Padron and company were able to win the game in overtime on a one-yard run by Zach Line to clinch their spot in the Conference USA Championship game.

UCF 37, Memphis 17 — Memphis never really made a game of this after the first quarter as UCF rolled to an easy and comfortable victory that they didn’t really need. UCF only threw 17 times, but Jeff Godfrey completed 14 of those for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Tulane 23, Marshall 38 — In a very sad game for passing, Marshall outlasted Tulane to get win number five. Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin threw for 370 yards, but needed 65 attempts to get there and threw three interceptions.

Rice 28, UAB 23 — Jeremy Eddington ran for a touchdown in the final thirty seconds to lead Rice to a comeback win over UAB to end the season in the win column. Three separate Rice players finished with 50 or more yards rushing.

Southern Miss 50, Tulsa 56 — In a back-and-forth battle of two offensive juggernauts, Tulsa was able to stand up tall in the last two minutes on defense and hold off Southern Miss. GJ Kinne threw for 406 yards and 4 TD’s for the Golden Hurricane, and Austin Davis had 371 yards and 3 TD’s of his own for the Golden Eagles.

Houston 20, Texas Tech 35 -- Full recap here.

Conference USA Standings
SMU Mustangs 6-2 (7-5)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane 6-2 (9-3)
Houston Cougars 4-4 (5-7)
Rice Owls 4-5 (5-8)
UTEP Miners 3-5 (6-6)
Tulane Green Wave 2-6 (4-8)

Central Florida Knights 8-1 (10-3)
East Carolina Pirates 5-3 (6-6)
Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 5-3 (8-4)
Marshall Thundering Herd 4-4 (5-7)
UAB Blazers 3-6 (4-9)
Memphis Tigers 0-9 (1-12)


Conference USA Football: Week 12 College Football Odds

Here's a quick jaunt down the Conference USA schedule as we go into the final week of the season:

Houston Cougars @ Texas Tech Red Raiders -- Saturday, 7 PM -- Line: Texas Tech -10

Houston will have to win this game to become bowl eligible. Texas Tech not only has a stinging 29-28 loss from last year to motivate it, but also bowl position of it's own as it can maneuver up to 7 wins. Can David Piland work enough magic to keep the destructive defense from losing this game?

UAB Blazers @ Rice Owls -- Saturday, 2:30 PM -- Line: Rice - 3.5

Neither team has anything left to play for but pride at this point. UAB receiver Frantrell Forrest has a much cooler name than any of the Rice players, but Sam McGuffie and company could at least end the season on a high note if they can run over UAB and East Carolina in back-to-back games.

Central Florida Knights @ Memphis Tigers -- Saturday, 11 AM -- Line: UCF +25.5

Memphis picked the wrong opponent to try and avoid taking the donut in conference play against. The Knights only need to win this game to cement themselves as CUSA East champions. Coming off a 61-14 pasting of Tulane, and with Memphis having been blown out by every moderately good team on it's schedule, I'm starting to think 25.5 is too low.

SMU Mustangs @ East Carolina Pirates -- Friday, 1 PM -- Line: SMU -1.5

SMU has the tiebreaker over Tulsa in the CUSA West, but will need a win to guarantee it's spot in the championship game. East Carolina is barely bowl eligible as a 6-5 CUSA team, and that seventh win would really improve it's resume. Not to mention put them in position to take the CUSA East if UCF somehow lost to Memphis. 

Southern Miss. Golden Eagles @ Tulsa Golden Hurricane -- Friday, 5:30 PM -- Line: Tulsa - 3.5

Despite tying for the best record in CUSA up to this point, Southern Miss likely finds it's path to the championship game blocked by UCF. However, they could still improve their bowl resume by finishing 9-3, and a win on the road in Tulsa against a fellow eight win team would do the trick. Tulsa, on the other hand, would win CUSA West if SMU faltered and they won this game, so they might also have some motivation, you'd think. And look, not a single golden shower joke from me.

Tulane Green Wave @ Marshall Thundering Herd -- Saturday, 11 AM -- Line: Marshall -8

Much like Rice-UAB, neither of these teams are bowl eligible no matter what they do, and they're simply playing out the string. Orleans Darkwa leads a solid Tulane rushing attack, but Marshall actually has experience playing ranked teams this year, something Tulane can't say.

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