Coach Speak: Weis, Beamer, Richt Prep For C-USA
By Dan Harralson
Nationally-ranked Georgia and Louisville headline the nine Conference USA opponents this week.
FIU has the privilege of taking on the Cardinals and their Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. North Texas and coach Dan McCarney travel to Athens and will take on the Georgia Bulldogs, their 47th contest against an SEC team.
Here are all of the C-USA matchups against BCS schools and what the opposing coaches told Football.com:
FIU at Louisville (Noon ET, WHAS-TV)
Louisville coach Charlie Strong on the BCS system and playing for style points: "I respect the game too much. When you play an opponent, they put just enough in it as you you do. We're never looking to go out and style point anyone. We have to improve as a team and respect our opponent."
Louisiana Tech at Kansas (11 a.m. CT, Fox Sports 1)
Kansas coach Charlie Weis on the dropped balls in games: "We'll address them to the guys that are dropping them. Then we'll look to see if there's other people to play instead of them. It's just not consistent with what's going on in practice."
Marshall at Virginia Tech (Noon ET, ESPN U)
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer on the quality of opponent in Marshall: "Really impressive football team in Marshall. Leads their league in several offensive categories, several defensive categories. Very complete football team. Good in the kicking game. Very impressive. I thought we played a really good football team last week, and I think overall this team is better. We understand that we're going to have to play better ourselves to have success against this team. Yeah, it's another really good test and one that — we understand they're an extremely good football team."
North Texas at Georgia (12:21 p.m. ET, SEC TV)
Georgia coach Mark Richt on North Texas: “They’ve not let anybody score a touchdown in three games in the second half, just two field goals against Ohio,” Richt said. “They’ve been a really good second-half team."
Tulane at Syracuse (12:30 p.m. ET, RSN)
Syracuse coach Scott Shafer on Tulane QB Nick Montana: "I idolized his dad. I was a quarterback in college, and holy cow, you see the Montana name, you know, that guy was the best. His son knows how to play the game. He's gotten better every single game I've watched.
Houston at Rice (2 p.m. CT, FSN)
Houston coach Tony Levine on his starting quarterback dealing with a concussion: "He's doing much, much better. He will be in meetings. He will not practice. Depending on how the situation plays out, Greg Ward and/or Billy Cosh could see action."