Marshall's performance was the league's best. North Texas won 40-6 over Idaho and Texas-San Antonio downed New Mexico 21-13, but Miami is better than the Vandals and the Lobos.
I'm giving East Carolina some leeway in its 52-38 win over Old Dominion, because Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heinicke is a stud. (Marshall will not have to face him next year.)
Middle Tennessee and Tulane disposed of FCS foes, but Southern Mississippi did not, losing its 13th straight game 22-15 to ... Texas State? Coach Dennis Franchione's Bobcats forced six turnovers to steal one in Hattiesburg.
Rice looked as if it may win C-USA's West Division by default, even though it lost to Texas A&M 42-31. The Owls were down 28-21 to the Aggies, who welcomed megapunk Johnny Manziel back at halftime and dominated down the stretch.
The rest was carnage. UAB came from ahead to lose to Troy in overtime, Louisiana Tech was run over by North Carolina State 40-14, Florida International trailed Maryland 40-10 at halftime, Florida Atlantic spiked the ball on fourth down against Miami (Fla.) and consensus league favorite Tulsa got drubbed 34-7 at Bowling Green.
What up with that, Tulsa?
Upon further examination, this team has offensive line has problems - that backfield is a whole lot better than 2.4 yards per carry. That didn't much help quarterback Cody Green, who wasn't accurate when he wasn't getting chased, either.
Then the Golden Hurricane committed special-teams mishaps that further prove that Doyt Perry Stadium is haunted. A failed fake punt and a fumbled punt by Trey Watts led to two short-field scores, then BG scored on a punt return. The defense had trouble against the run, but gave up only 13 points through three quarters.
Don't get too excited, Herd fans: Tulsa has a long time to fix things, and good people to do it.
G-W outgained Furman 434-213, but still had to rally from a 21-7 deficit.
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