In the first game, 13 first-time starters took the field. Against UCF, add four more. And Turner isn't scared to add to that, especially if he sees elder statesmen with a bad attitude.
"If someone's not with us, get him out. Get him out," Turner told the Miami Herald. "Now, there's only a handful. There were more. Some of them aren't here. Obviously, we've still got a couple. So get the guys in this room that believe in what we're doing are going to do it our way."
To be fair, the league won three over nonconference FBS teams the first weekend, including Marshall's win over Miami (Ohio). The number fell to one in Week 2 and rebounded to five next week.
Still, C-USA teams are 1-12 against the "Power Five" conferences, have lost twice to FCS teams and are 0-2 against the Ohio Bobcats. The Rice Owls, suddenly a good pick to win the West Division, scored a 23-14 home win last week over Kansas. It's the second straight season the Owls have sent the Big 12 bottom-scrapers away empty.
Charles Ross rushed for 157 yards and the game-icing touchdown, but the story was Chris Boswell. His third field, a 56-yard bomb, put the Owls ahead 16-14. In a league of Lou Groza Award contenders, Boswell is as good a candidate as any - he is 12 of 17 on field goals from 50 yards and longer.
Today, the Owls take on crosstown rival Houston at Reliant Stadium. Houston has moved on to the American Athletic Conference.
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FAU welcomes former Sun Belt rival Middle Tennessee to the C-USA wars at noon today. In the other league game, Texas-San Antonio visits Texas-El Paso.
In other games besides Marshall's trip to Virginia Tech, North Texas visits No. 9 Georgia Tech, Louisiana Tech goes to Kansas, Tulane is at Syracuse and Alabama-Birmingham visits Northwestern State.
Statisical anomaly: The Herd's Blake Frohnapfel has done well enough in his short time on the field to lead the league in pass efficiency rating (the league apparently doesn't worry about a minimum of attempts). His 167.8 comes from going 8 of 10 for 89 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
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