POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL WEEK 11 NOTEBOOK
C-USA EDITION (November 8)
PASSPORT STAMPED (BOWL ELIGIBLE): Bowling Green (6-3), Central Michigan (6-4), Louisiana Tech (6-3), Marshall (8-0), Northern Illinois (7-2), Toledo (6-3), Western Michigan (6-3). AT CUSTOMS (ONE WIN SHY): Middle Tennessee (5-4), Ohio (5-5), Rice (5-3), UAB (5-4), UTEP (5-3).
THIS SATURDAY: All six Conference USA games are Saturday. No. 22 USA Today/No. 23 AP and East Division leaders Marshall (8-0, 4-0 C-USA) will try to keep its perfect season alive at Southern Miss (3-6, 1-4 C-USA). West Division leader Louisiana Tech (6-3, 5-0 C-USA) is at UAB (5-4, 3-2 C-USA). The Bulldogs have won four straight, and the Blazers need one victory for bowl eligibility. Rice (5-3, 3-1 C-USA), the hottest team in C-USA with a five-game win streak and needing one victory for bowl eligibility, hosts UTSA (2-6, 1-3 C-USA). UTEP (5-3, 3-1 C-USA), also one win shy of bowl eligibility, goes to WKU (3-5, 1-4 C-USA). FIU (3-6, 2-3 C-USA) heads to Old Dominion (3-6, 1-4 C-USA), and Florida Atlantic (3-6, 2-3 C-USA) plays at North Texas (2-6, 0-4 C-USA).
MACtion RECAP: Two MAC teams reached bowl eligibilty Tuesday. Bowling Green (6-3, 3-1 MAC) beat Akron (4-5, 2-3 MAC) 27-10 on the road, and Toledo (6-3, 5-0 MAC) continues to lead the East Division after a 30-20 victory at Kent State (1-8, 0-5 MAC). Wednesday, Ohio (5-5, 3-3 MAC) beat Buffalo (3-6, 1-4 MAC) 37-14 at home, and Northern Illinois (7-2, 4-1 MAC) beat Ball State (3-6, 2-3 MAC) 35-21. The MAC has no Saturday games this week.
TOSSING IT AROUND: Conference USA is second in FBS in quarterbacks with 20 or more TD passes with four (Pac-12 has 6): WKU’s Brandon Doughty is tied for fourth with 25, Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke is tied for eighth with 23, Louisiana Tech’s Cody Sokol is 12th with 22 and Marshall’s Rakeem Cato is tied for 18th with 20.
YARDS IN CHUNKS FOR C-USA: UAB has seven scrimmage plays of 70 yards or longer, the most 70+ in FBS. Marshall has nine scrimmage plays of 60 yards or longer, the most 60+ in FBS. Marshall (11), UAB (10) and Middle Tennessee (8) each have at least eight scrimmage plays longer than 50 yards.
FRANKLIN MINT: Western Michigan freshman RB Jarvion Franklin has 1,330 yards rushing this year, the second-most season rushing yards by a freshman in MAC history, trailing the 1,361 by former Temple RB Bernard Pierce in 2009. Franklin leads the nation in both rushing TDs (22) and scoring (132 pts.; 14.7 ppg).
#PASSPORTTOKICKOFF: #PassportToKickoff is not only our hashtag, but a reminder that all U.S. citizens must have a valid passport to travel to the Bahamas & the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. For passport info: passports.state.gov.
WEEK 11 RESULTS/SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 8
* Louisiana Tech at UAB (ASN)
* UTSA at Rice (FSN)
* FIU at Old Dominion (ASN)
* UTEP at WKU
* Florida Atlantic at North Texas (FCS)
* Marshall at Southern Miss (ASN)
Tuesday, November 4
* Bowling Green 27, Akron 10
* Toledo 30, Kent State 20
Wednesday, November 5
* Ohio 37, Buffalo 14
* Northern Illinois 35, Ball State 21
(TV/digital network in parenthesis)
* – conference games
WEEK 10 RESULTS
Saturday, November 1
* Rice 31, FIU 17
* Louisiana Tech 59, WKU 10
BYU 27, Middle Tennessee 7
* UAB 31, Florida Atlantic 28
Vanderbilt 42, Old Dominion 28
* UTEP 35, Southern Miss 14
Saturday, November 1
* Central Michigan 38, Eastern Michigan 7
* Western Michigan 41, Miami 10
* – conference games
WEEK 10 INDIVIDUAL HONORS
QB Cody Sokol, Louisiana Tech: The senior completed 30-of-42 passes for 335 yards and five TDs and ran for a TD in a 59-10 win over WKU for C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors.
DE Zach Patt, Rice: The senior was credited with a school-record five sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in a 31-17 win at FIU for C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors.
KR Autrey Golden, UTEP: The junior returned a kickoff for a TD for the fifth time in his career, a 98-yard return in the third quarter, in a 35-14 victory over Southern Miss for C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week recognition.
RB A.J. Ouellette, Ohio: The freshman had 155 rushing yards on 29 carries and two TDs and catcaught two passes for 11 yards in a 37-14 win over Buffalo for MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week honors.
DB Nick Johnson, Bowling Green: The freshman had nine tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups in a 27-10 win at Akron for MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week honors.
K Josiah Yazdani, Ohio: The junior made all three of his field-goal attempts of 19, 28 and 33 yards and all three PAT kicks to help the Bobcats defeat Buffalo, 37-14 for MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week recognition.
RB Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan: The freshman had 182 yards and three TDs on 29 carries in a 41-10 win at Miami for MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week honors.
DB Anthony Brooks, Northern Illinois: The sophomore had four tackles, one pass breakup and a key interception return for a TD in a 35-21 win at Ball State for MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week honors.
K Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo: The senior made all three of his field-goal attempts of 26, 28 and 45 yards and three PATs in a 30-20 win at Kent State for MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week recognition.
POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL MEDIA PREDICTIONS
ESPN.com (Brett McMurphy) – Nov. 2: Louisiana Tech vs. Western Michigan
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach) – Nov. 2: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois
USA Today (Erick Smith) – Nov. 5: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo
SI.com (Zac Ellis) – Nov. 4: Middle Tennessee vs. Akron
NFL.com (Mike Huguenin) – Nov. 4: UAB vs. Bowling Green
FOXSports.com (Stuart Mandel) – Nov. 4: Louisiana Tech vs. Bowling Green
Athlon Sports (Steven Lassan) – Nov. 4: Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
The Sporting News (Bill Bender) – Nov. 3: Rice vs. Western Michigan
Phil Steele Magazine – Nov. 3: Louisiana Tech vs. Northern Illinois
NationalFootballPost.com (Dave Miller) – Nov. 3: Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Brant Parsons (Orlando Sentinel) – Nov. 2: UTEP vs. Bowling Green
SB Nation (Jason Kirk) – Nov. 2: Marshall vs. Toledo
CBSSports.com (Jerry Palm) – Nov. 2: Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
CollegeFootballNews.com (Pete Fiutak) – Nov. 2: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo
POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL PARTICIPANT SELECTION The highest-ranked conference champion by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee from the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West or Sun Belt will play annually in one of the College Football Playoff bowls (VIZIO Fiesta, Cotton & Chick-fil-A Peach bowls for the 2014 season) if it is not selected for the Playoff Semifinals.
C-USA’s champion will select which bowl it would like to attend, and the remainder of the selections will follow after that, with no particular set order of bowls. C-USA has 2014 tie-ins with the Popeyes Bahamas, Boca Raton, Gildan New Mexico, Hawai’i and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas bowls, with a secondary tie-in with the Duck Commander Independence Bowl (if either ACC or SEC does not have enough eligible teams).
The GoDaddy Bowl has first choice of a MAC bowl-eligible team, and the remainder of the selections will follow after that, with no particular set order of bowls. The MAC has 2014 tie-ins with Popeyes Bahamas, Boca Raton, Famous Idaho Potato, GoDaddy and Raycom Media Camellia bowls, with secondary tie-ins with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (if Navy is not bowl-eligible), ESPN owned-and-operated bowls (such as Gildan New Mexico, Bitcoin St. Petersburg or Birmingham bowls) and the Quick Lane Bowl (if either ACC or Big Ten does not have enough eligible teams).
The participants for the 2014 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will be announced Sunday, December 7.