POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL WEEK 12 NOTEBOOK
C-USA EDITION (November 13-15)
PASSPORT STAMPED (BOWL ELIGIBLE): Bowling Green (7-3), Central Michigan (6-4), Louisiana Tech (7-3), Marshall (9-0), Northern Illinois (8-2), Rice (6-3), Toledo (6-4), Western Michigan (6-3). AT CUSTOMS (ONE WIN SHY): Middle Tennessee (5-4), Ohio (5-5), UAB (5-5), UTEP (5-4).
C-USA THIS WEEK: Conference USA begins its week Thursday night as Southern Miss (3-7, 1-5 C-USA) goes to UTSA (2-7, 1-4 C-USA). Saturday, the biggest game of the day is in Huntington as No. 21 USA Today/AP and East Division leaders Marshall (9-0, 5-0 C-USA) host surging Rice (6-3, 4-1 C-USA), which has won six straight. Two other teams that are one win shy of bowl eligibility will try to reach six wins as Middle Tennessee (5-4. 4-1 C-USA) heads to FIU (3-7, 2-4 C-USA) and UTEP (5-4, 3-2 C-USA) hosts North Texas (3-6, 1-4 C-USA). In the only non-conference game, Army (3-6) visits WKU (4-5, 2-4 C-USA). The Hilltoppers kept their bowl hopes alive with a come-from-behind victory over UTEP last Saturday.
MAC SATURDAY: Miami (2-8, 2-4 MAC) goes to Central Michigan (6-4, 4-2 MAC), and Western Michigan (6-3, 4-1 MAC) will try to run its win streak to five as it hosts cross-state rival Eastern Michigan (2-7. 1-4 MAC).
MACtion RECAP: Wednesday night, Bowling Green (7-3, 5-1 MAC) clinched the conference’s East Division title and a berth in the Marathon MAC Championship Game on Dec. 5 after a 30-20 victory over Kent State (1-9, 0-6 MAC), and UMass (3-7, 3-4 MAC) defeated Ball State (3-7, 2-4 MAC) 24-10. Tuesday, Northern Illinois (8-2, 5-1 MAC) pulled into a tie for the West lead after beating division rival Toledo (6-4, 5-1 MAC) 27-24, and Buffalo (4-6, 2-4 MAC) kept its bowl hopes alive with a 55-24 victory over Akron (4-6, 2-4 MAC).
STREAKING: Twelve FBS teams are on winning streaks of at least five games, and C-USA is home to three: Marshall (10, including last season’s Military Bowl), Rice (six) and Louisiana Tech (five). C-USA is the only league with three teams on winning streaks of five or more games.
FRANKLIN MINT: Western Michigan freshman RB Jarvion Franklin has 1,330 yards rushing, fourth in FBS. He has the second-most yards by a freshman in MAC history, trailing only 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 12 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Thursday, November 13
* Southern Miss at UTSA (CBSSN)
Saturday, November 15
Army at WKU (CBSSN)
* Rice at Marshall (FSN)
* Middle Tennessee at FIU (ASN)
* North Texas at UTEP (FS1)
Tuesday, November 11
* Buffalo 55, Akron 24
* Northern Illinois 27, Toledo 24
Wednesday, November 12
* Bowling Green 30, Kent State 20
* UMass 24, Ball State 10
Saturday, November 15
* Miami at Central Michigan (ESPN3)
* Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan (ESPN3)
(TV/digital network in parentheses)
* – conference games
WEEK 11 RESULTS
Saturday, November 8
* Louisiana Tech 40, UAB 24
* Rice 17, UTSA 7
* Old Dominion 38, FIU 35
* WKU 35, UTEP 27
* North Texas 31, Florida Atlantic 10
* Marshall 63, Southern Miss 17
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
* – conference games
WEEK 11 INDIVIDUAL HONORS
QB Brandon Doughty, WKU: The senior completed 23 of 34 passes for 324 yards and three TDs while helping to erase a 13-point deficit in a 35-27 victory over UTEP for C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors.
DB Wonderful Terry, WKU: The junior intercepted a fourth-quarter pass and returned it 90 yards for the game-winning TD in a 35-27 victory over UTEP for C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors.
KR J.J. Nelson, UAB: The senior returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD, his third return score of the season, and had 200 all-purpose yards in a loss to Louisiana Tech 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. 9: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach) – Nov. 9: Marshall vs. Toledo
USA Today (Erick Smith) – Nov. 12: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo
SI.com (Zac Ellis) – Nov. 11: Middle Tennessee vs. Akron
NFL.com (Mike Huguenin) – Nov. 11: UAB vs. Bowling Green
FOXSports.com (Stuart Mandel) – Nov. 11: Louisiana Tech vs. Bowling Green
Athlon Sports (Steven Lassan) – Nov. 11: Middle Tennessee vs. Northern Illinois
Phil Steele Magazine – Nov. 10: Louisiana Tech vs. Central Michigan
The Sporting News (Bill Bender) – Nov. 10: Middle Tenneessee vs. Western Michigan
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons) – Nov. 9: UTEP vs. Bowling Green
SB Nation (Jason Kirk) – Nov. 9: Marshall vs. Bowling Green
CBSSports.com (Jerry Palm) – Nov. 9: Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
CollegeFootballNews.com (Pete Fiutak) – Nov. 9: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo
NationalFootballPost.com (Dave Miller) – Nov. 3: Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
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.