Groan and Bear It Dept.: The combined record of opponents that have lost to Marshall "improved" to 7-33. Hey, Rice and Memphis won last week.
Take heart in this, Herd fans: Should your team win the last two games and qualify for a bowl, it will have beaten one bowl team - ECU. Should Houston or Rice climb to 6-6, neither team will have beaten a bowl participant.
ECU and SMU could join that "illustrious" club, based on other results. That's just another piece of evidence of Conference USA's down season.
There's nothing down about the marquee match of the year, UCF at Tulsa - both are a perfect 6-0 in the league, 8-2 overall, and the winner will clinch its division. UCF would clinch home field in the C-USA championship game Dec. 1, while Tulsa would clinch home field if ECU loses to Tulane.
The UCF-Tulsa collision takes place at noon today on Fox Sports Net.
"You look at what we do well," said Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship. "Both of us tend to run the ball. Really good defense. Very effective in the passing game. Both have really good return guys. The special-teams units are 1-2 throughout the league. I just think we're playing against a team very similar to ourselves.
"This is the kind of football you should be playing for championships."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.