PonyStampede.com C-USA Predictions

PonyStampede.com C-USA reporter Martin Williams takes a look around Conference USA at some of the other games this week. Plus, he gives his predictions.

Southern Miss vs. #18 Houston

Playstation U. (AKA the University of Houston Cougars) and their exciting top 10 offense faces what should be their best matchup on paper so far this year. Case Keenum is building buzz for multiple awards including the Davey O'Brien (Best QB) and Maxwell (best college player) awards. The Coogs score almost at will and are fun to watch. Houston is the sports car of C-USA, they're faster, sleeker and more fun to watch but not always sensible. That's Southern Miss. With Southern Miss's defense, Houston would be undefeated. The Eagles are a hybrid with great balance, a good team that's undefeated at home. Southern Miss runs the ball really well behind Damion Fletcher and Tory Harrison. They also have the conferences number one defense. This has upset written all over it. But I'll take the Coogs at home in a tight one.

Houston 30-27


SMU vs. Tulsa

Picture yourself as June Jones. A week ago, you have a team that's playing well even though you lost a heartbreaker to Navy the previous week. You're undefeated in the conference. You've got an up and coming QB in Bo Levi Mitchell. You're playing the aforementioned Houston Cougars who, while being nationally ranked with that offense, lost to UTEP! You're thinking, "We're as good as UTEP, right?" You like your chances. Then the game comes and goes. You lose and are now tied with said Cougars in C-USA west, and would lose a tiebreaker. And you possibly lose your QB with a labrum tear. So you have to go to Tulsa, with the possibility of starting a freshman in a pass-oriented offense. Last week looked so much better.

Tulsa 28-17


UAB vs UTEP

The UAB Blazers who feature QB Joe Webb as Mr. Everything. Webb leads the team in rushing and passing but unfortunately doesn't play defense. The Blazers give up 33 points a game. UTEP should handle UAB.

UTEP 38-19


Tulane vs. #9 LSU

The LSU Tigers have way too many athletes (QB Jordan Jefferson, WR Brandon LaFell) and too much incentive (in the hunt for SEC and BCS titles) to allow Tulane to be close in this game beyond the first quarter. What's more interesting is what happened between the two schools earlier this year. LSU paid Tulane $700,000 to end the series early because the Green Wave wouldn't agree to LSU demands that the remaining six games be played in Baton Rouge. So you wonder how that sits with Tulane, to be pushed out of the door with a check like some divorce settlement, only to meet up afterwards. Awkward comes to mind. I'm never up for dinners (or anything) with exes. If Tulane had the same level of talent as LSU, I could see this being an entertaining game. Since they don't……

LSU 51-17


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