Conference USA Bowl Grades
Conference USA Bowl Grade: D+
Conference USA Straight Up: 0-6
Conference USA Against The Spread: 1-5
To be fair – and the only reason the grade isn’t much, much worse – Conference USA teams were the underdogs in all six of their games. However, they still only covered in one of them.
Technically, they weren’t supposed to win any of them, and they really, really didn’t with just two of the losses by fewer than double-digits. It didn’t help that conference champion UAB couldn’t play after South Carolina had to back out of the Gasparilla Bowl, but the six teams that did go didn’t pick up the slack.
Florida Atlantic Bowl Grade: C
Line: Memphis -9, o/u: 52
Prediction: Memphis 36, Florida Atlantic 20
Final Score: Memphis 26, Florida Atlantic 10
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It’s sort of hard to get too down on the team when the game went almost exactly like it was supposed to. The Owls had little to no offense all year, Memphis had the veteran quarterback in Brady White who went off, and that was about it. The Owls get credit for adjusting after halftime down 18-0, but they couldn’t build on the momentum after pulling within eight.
Louisiana Tech Bowl Grade: D-
Line: Georgia Southern -7, o/u: 47.5
Prediction: Georgia Southern 27, Louisiana Tech 24
Final Score: Georgia Southern 38, Louisiana Tech 3
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Louisiana Tech had won six straight bowls in six straight seasons under Skip Holtz, was coming off a shocking bowl win over Miami the year before, and then … thud. The Bulldogs were awful with four interceptions, 232 yards of total offense, and a total thud of a game. To be fair, they were without QB Luke Anthony and other key parts, but Anthony doesn’t play D. Louisiana Tech allowed 448 yards of Georgia Southern offense.
Marshall Bowl Grade: C+
Line: Buffalo -4.5, o/u: 54
Prediction: Marshall 23, Buffalo 20
Final Score: Buffalo 17, Marshall 10
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It was a tough loss in a good battle, but the Herd needed a good win to get past the awful finish of the regular season. Marshall was without star RB Brenden Knox, but Buffalo was missing RB Jaret Patterson and still found a way to get the win. The defense was almost strong enough to pull off the win, but it couldn’t seem to get off the field and the O didn’t do anything to help in the second half.
North Texas Bowl Grade: C-
Line: Appalachian State -21, o/u: 65
Prediction: Appalachian State 48, North Texas 24
Final Score: Appalachian State 56, North Texas 28
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The Mean Green were three-touchdown underdogs, they came into the game with a struggling defense, and they still managed to struggle to do much of anything right – at least defensively – in the blowout loss. The run defense was never able to adjust or come up with a meaningful stop, but the strong offense was at least able to put up close to 500 yards and had a little fun.
UTSA Bowl Grade: B+
Line: Louisiana -14, o/u: 55
Prediction: Louisiana 31, UTSA 16
Final Score: Louisiana 31, UTSA 24
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The Roadrunners put up a great fight in a tough loss against a strong team whose only loss was to Coastal Carolina and beat Fiesta Bowl champion Iowa State. Louisiana was running away with it, but UTSA came back from 17 down to tie it in the fourth. It was still a loss, but the team – a two touchdown underdog – outgained the Ragin’ Cajuns and made it a great game.
WKU Bowl Grade: D+
Line: Georgia State -3, o/u: 50
Prediction: Georgia State 26, WKU 20
Final Score: Georgia State 39, WKU 21
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Yuck. This was supposed to be an interesting, tough fight, and the Hilltoppers were able to get up early with a terrific long drive – and that was the end of the fun. The momentum completely turned, and there was nothing the team could do to slow it down. The WKU defense gave up 27 straight points in the first half and got down 39-14 before tacking on a late score.