Keeping Score

C-USA Bowl Projections: USM, UTSA, UNT & Charlotte scramble for bids

Southern Miss receiver Chase Whitehead scores a touchdown against Charlotte in Hattiesburg, Saturday on Nov. 5
Southern Miss receiver Chase Whitehead scores a touchdown against Charlotte in Hattiesburg, Saturday on Nov. 5 ttisbell@sunherald.com

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, there will be a scramble to reach bowl eligibility for a group of four Conference USA teams in search of a sixth win.

Southern Miss (5-5), UTSA (5-5), Charlotte (4-6) and North Texas (4-6) are all still alive as C-USA seeks to fulfill its five bowl tie-ins. With USM playing at North Texas Saturday and Charlotte traveling to UTSA in the season finale, two teams should be eliminated from contention over the next two weeks.

I see USM barely pulling out a win Saturday over a banged up North Texas squad and UTSA should handle Charlotte at the Alamodome.

Four C-USA teams are already bowl eligible: Western Kentucky (8-3), Old Dominion (7-3), Middle Tennessee (6-4) and Louisiana Tech (8-3).

To the C-USA bowl projections:

Boca Raton Bowl

Western Kentucky (8-3) vs. Temple (7-3)

Hawaii Bowl

Middle Tennessee (6-4) vs. Air Force (7-3)

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

Louisiana Tech (8-3) vs. Maryland (5-5)

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Southern Miss (5-5) vs. Arkansas State (5-5)

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Old Dominion (7-3) vs. Central Michigan (6-5)

New Mexico Bowl

Texas-San Antonio (5-5) vs. New Mexico (7-3)

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