Will Kansas continue to help C-USA?

September 20, 2013 

ECU couldn’t deliver C-USA’s first blow to the BCS last week, but colleagues Rice and Florida Atlantic did. They gave C-USA its first two wins this season against BCS teams.

Granted, it’s tough to make too much out of FAU’s victory against South Florida. What in the name of Skip Holtz has happened to the Bulls? It wasn’t that long ago that they were No. 2 in the country. Has any program fallen further faster?

USF, which fired Holtz after a 3-9 season, is 0-3 under first-year coach Willie Taggart and ranks 122nd nationally in scoring. It opened the season with a 53-21 loss to I-AA McNeese State.

Kansas football obviously isn’t Kansas basketball, but C-USA will gladly take Rice’s 23-14 victory, too. That result wasn’t all that surprising given the Jayhawks have lost 29 of their past 34 games.

During the Big 12 media day, Kansas coach Charlie Weis eloquently described last season’s 1-11 finish as “a pile of crap.” A few weeks later, Weis amended his description. “How else are you going to describe it?” he asked reporters. “You want me to give it a cleaner way? It wasn't very good. OK, I could have said that.”

Holtz, now at Louisiana Tech, has a chance to pile on Weis on Saturday. That figures to be C-USA’s best chance for a third win this week, though Marshall could push Virginia Tech in what amounts to a border battle and Tulane travels to struggling ACC-newcomer Syracuse (2-1).

FIU visits No. 7 Louisville, which is a long way to go to face a Heisman candidate (QB Teddy Bridgewater) who grew up not far from FIU’s campus.

North Texas is at No. 9 Georgia, which has earned a bit of a breather after opening against Clemson and South Carolina.

The Pirates, off this week, will re-enter the fray next week with a showdown at UNC.

Chris Wright

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