Houston vs. Tulane
Houston Cougars is lead by Case Keenum and Byce Beall. After a bump on the road to the BCS against UTEP, the Cougars recovered nicely to defeat Mississippi State last week. Now Houston is on the road again against Tulane. The Green Wave gives up 34 points while putting up 17. The math's not in Tulane's favor. Add to the fact they are facing Play Station U (AKA the Houston Cougars) who score in waves, on a fast track in the Superdome. The Cats could throw 60 on the Wave. I'll give Tulane the benefit of the doubt.
Rice vs. East Carolina
Navy dropped 63 on Rice last week at home. Now the Owls have to head east for another potential beat down in Greenville against the Pirates. With dates against Virginia Tech and Tulsa looming, the Pirates need to take care of business and dispose of Rice. They will.
East Carolina 21-10
Marshall vs. West Virginia
Marshall plays West Virginia in the Friends of Coal Bowl game. The game itself should be better than its name with the Herd's Darius Marshall becoming a candidate for the Maxwell trophy going against Noel Divine of West Virginia. Both teams put up a lot of points but the Mountaineers will light a fire under the Herd.
West Virginia 37-28
UAB vs. Ole Miss
Ole Miss once upon a time, was a national title contender, although no one could explain how they would get past Alabama, LSU and a presumable date in Atlanta against Florida. All of that is moot now as the tigers will try to finish strong against the Blazers. The Rebels are 3-2 and clinging to hopes of going to Atlanta. UAB should be no problem.
Ole Miss 44-24
Memphis vs. Southern Miss
Southern Miss lost a heartbreaker to Louisville last week and one has to think they will take it out on an inconsistent Memphis team who beat UTEP last week, taking the temperature of Tommy West's seat from hot to very warm. It will probably heat back up after this week.
So. Miss 35-20
Miami FL vs. UCF
One of the benefits of recent troubles by Miami is that UCF gets a big home game against the U. Miami has looked really good this year, only losing to Virginia Tech on the road while beating Oklahoma and Georgia Tech. UCF sophomore Brynn Harvey is a workhorse running back averaging 107.2 yards a game. If Harvey has pro aspirations, this could be a showcase game. Miami will win going away.
Navy vs. SMU
Navy proved to be no lightweight as they sank Rice last week on the road by 49 points. Expect more pushback from SMU this week. One issue of course, is that the Mustangs give up 146 yards on the ground. Against a team that runs the ball like Navy (270 yards/game), that could be bad. If the game is close, Navy would have to get the edge. Expect SMU to start fast and build up a lead to neutralize the Navy rushing attack.
Tulsa vs. UTEP
Tulsa and UTEP play one of those wacky Wednesday night college football games. Because I don't know about you, but when I think Wednesdays I think college football. UTEP has been an enigma, looking really good (beating then #12 Houston 58-41) and looking really lousy (last week against Memphis). The Miners are a better team at home, but Tulsa is the better team. Expect a tight one.