Texas-San Antonio Seeking to Finish Perfect in Conference USA Play
When looking at the Conference USA Week 13 odds, there is plenty to play for throughout CUSA in the last week of the NCAAF regular season.
North Texas can join UTSA in the Conference USA title game with a win while Western Kentucky needs to win and hope Rice can upset North Texas.
Florida Atlantic, Rice, UAB and UTEP can all become bowl eligible with victories.
When looking at the Week 13 matchups, four of the five games feature point spreads of 14 points or higher so there might not be many games coming down to the final possession or two.
Game of the Week
Rice Owls at North Texas Mean Green
Date, time (TV): Saturday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
Moneyline: Rice +405, North Texas -525
Line: North Texas -14
North Texas can clinch a spot in the Conference USA title game for the first time since 2017. The only thing standing in the Mean Green’s way is a Rice team that has a -93 point differential on conference play. It is no wonder that the Conference USA Week 13 odds favor North Texas by double digits.
North Texas (6-5, 5-2 in Conference USA) owns a win over Western Kentucky and that is why the Mean Green would meet up with UTSA for the conference title if both teams finish with two conference losses.
North Texas leads the conference with an average of 482 yards per game and is one of seven teams in the country with more than 2,000 rushing yards and 3,001 passing yards. They are facing a Rice defense that has been on the field less than any other team in Conference USA other than UTEP Miners.
North Texas quarterback Austin Aune has 2,912 passing yards and 29 TDs while eight different pass catchers have at least 10 receptions.
Ball security is a problem for Rice (5-6, 3-4) as the Rice Owls have thrown the most interceptions and lost the most fumbles in the conference.
The total has gone over in seven of the last North Texas nine games. The total is currently at 60.5 for this matchup.
Other Games to Watch
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Florida Atlantic Owls
Date, time (TV): Saturday, Nov. 26, 12 noon ET (CBS Sports Network)
Moneyline: Western Kentucky -275, Florida Atlantic +225
Line: Western Kentucky -7.5
Western Kentucky (7-5, 5-2) gets a two-hour head start on North Texas so perhaps the Hilltoppers can put some pressure on their conference rivals. When looking at the Conference USA Week 13 odds, this is the only game with a single-digit point spread.
Western Kentucky has the most takeaways in the nation with 13 fumble recoveries and 17 interceptions. The offense is led by Austin Reed, who has thrown for 3,837 yards, the second most in the country. Malachi Conley has 1,052 yards on 82 catches.
FAU running back Larry McCammon III needs 129 yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark.
The Hilltoppers are 8-4 against the spread this season and that includes a 5-1 mark on the road. Each of FAU’s five games went under the total.
UAB Blazers at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Date, time (TV): Saturday, Nov. 26, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
Moneyline: UAB -780, Louisiana Tech +530
Line: UAB -17.5
The UAB Blazers have had better seasons, but the Blazers (5-6) can become bowl eligible with a win. It isn’t the same thing as playing in the Conference USA title game for three years in a row and winning two titles from 2018-2020 but it is something.
There will be no bowl game for Louisiana Tech (3-8, 2-5) as Bulldogs finished 0-7 on the road this season.
UAB’s Dwayne McBride saw his streak of 100-yard rushing games end at nine in last week’s loss to LSU, but still leads the conference with 1,441 yards. Louisiana Tech’s Marquis Crosby has 846 yards.
Louisiana Tech has covered in each of its first four home games while UAB is 0-5 against the spread on the road.
UTEP Miners at UTSA Roadrunners
Date, time: Saturday, Nov. 26, 3:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: UTEP +600, UTSA -900
Line: UTSA -17
If UTSA Roadrunners had held onto a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter against Houston, the Roadrunners might be in a position to grab the Group of Five slot in the New Year’s Six bowl games. It seems unlikely that they will beat out the American Athletic Conference champion for that spot.
UTSA (9-2, 7-0) can wrap up an undefeated run through the Conference USA schedule with a win over UTEP on Saturday. The Roadrunners are now at No. 25 in the American Football Coaches Association poll so the game might get a little more attention among the NCAA football games this week.
UTEP Miners (5-6, 3-4) can become bowl eligible with a win, but that might be a tall task.
The Miners have the top defense in Conference USA, allowing 343 yards per game while UTSA is second with 480 yards per contest with Frank Harris throwing for 3,142 yards and 24 TDs to go with eight TD runs.
UTEP quarterback Gavin Hardison is questionable with an ankle injury. Be sure to check the rest of the NCAAF injury report.
The Roadrunners have won five straight in the series and have covered in four of those contests.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Florida International Golden Panthers
Date, time (TV): Saturday, Nov. 26, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Moneyline: Middle Tennessee -1000, Florida International +650
Line: Middle Tennessee -20
Middle Tennessee is coming off a 49-point effort against Florida Atlantic and now the Blue Raiders look to complete the sweep of the Sunshine State teams.
Quarterback Chase Cunningham is coming off a season-high 448 passing yards for Middle Tennessee (6-5, 3-4).
FIU (4-7, 2-5) has dropped three games in a row and have been outscored 144-27 in those contests.
Middle Tennessee has won six of the last seven games with four of those games being decided by seven points or less.
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