Comprehensive Analysis: C-USA vs BCS Schools
Aug. 30: Florida Atlantic at Miami (FL) — Believe it or not this is the first meeting between the two Southern Florida schools. FAU began playing football in 2001 under former Miami head coach Howard Schnellenberger. That is probably the reasoning why the two programs have never played out of respect. Friday night football at Sunlife Stadium will be the stage which is closer to FAU's campus than it is to Miami's Coral Gables campus.
Aug. 31: Louisiana Tech at North Carolina State — This is the first meeting between the two schools and La. Tech has never played a team from the Research Triangle (Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest).
Aug. 31: Rice at Texas A&M — The Aggies hold a 50-27-3 all-time record against their former Southwest Conference foe. This series is almost 100 years old dating back to 1914. It was played every year from 1914-95, except for 1918 and 1919.
Sept. 7: UAB at LSU — UAB leads the all-time series 1-0 with a 13-10 victory over the Tigers. The win came in 2000, Nick Saban's first year in Baton Rouge. Can Ty Long kick a game-winning field goal like Rhett Gallego did back then and take a 2-0 series lead?
Sept. 7: MTSU at North Carolina — This is the first meeting between the two schools. MTSU has played only one school from the Tar Heel State (N.C. State 1989, 2005).
Sept. 7: Southern Miss at Nebraska — Nebraska leads the series 3-1, but Golden Eagles fans want to party like it's 2004 again. Southern Miss will be hoping for that as 2004 saw the Golden Eagles defeating the Huskers, 21-17, in Lincoln. These two are playing for the fifth time since 1999.
Sept. 14: Virginia Tech at ECU — The Hokies hold a 12-5 series lead over the Pirates, but this could be a tough task coming off the Alabama game opening weekend. We really will not know what Virginia Tech looks like as they play FCS foe Western Carolina after Bama and before ECU. The two teams had mutually agreed not to meet in 2012 or 2013 because of the ACC’s impending nine-game conference schedule, but when the league voted to go back to eight conference games, it opened the door to reschedule this series. ECU would like to relive their 2008 magic when they last upset the Hokies. The Pirates also had a 4-2 series record from 1987-92.
Sept. 14: FAU at South Florida — The fourth meeting between the two Florida schools takes place at Raymond James Stadium. The closest game was in 2007 when USF won, 35-23. USF won the other two meetings (2002, 2010) by a combined score of 82-13.
Sept. 14: Kansas at Rice — Last year Rice prevailed with a one-point win, 25-24. The series is tied at 1-1 and the only other meeting came in the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl (Kansas 33, Rice 7).
Sept. 14: Southern Miss at Arkansas — Southern Miss has taken on every SEC team (including A&M and Missouri) except for Arkansas and Vanderbilt. After Sept. 14, the Commodores will be the only SEC school the Golden Eagles will not have played.
Sept.14: Tulsa at Oklahoma — These two Sooner State teams have squared off 25 times (17-7-1 Oklahoma) and Tulsa is 0-6 while Bob Stoops has been in Norman (1999). Tulsa's best run in the series was between 1933-1943 (4-1-1).
Sept. 14: UTSA at Arizona — Larry Coker versus Rich Rod. Coker and Rich Rod both took over Miami and West Virginia in 2001 and played each other three times (2001-03). Miami won all three games as Rich Rod was rebuilding West Virginia and nearly upset the Hurricanes in 2003, losing 22-20.
Sept. 21: FIU at Louisville — This is the third straight year FIU and Louisville will play and will be the rubber match. Louisville won last year, 28-21 and FIU won in 2011, 24-17.
Sept. 21: Louisiana Tech at Kansas — La. Tech is 1-2 against Kansas with its only win coming in 1987, 16-11. Kansas has beaten La. Tech by a combined score 63-14 the last two meetings (2005, 2008).
Sept. 21: Marshall at Virginia Tech — Virginia Tech is 9-2 against Marshall and the Thundering Herd have not tasted victory in this series since back-to-back wins in 1939 and 1940.
Sept. 21: North Texas at Georgia — Much like Southern Miss and Arkansas, North Texas has played every SEC team (including A&M and Missouri) but Georgia and South Carolina. Mark Georgia off the list as the Mean Green and the Bulldogs square off for the first time.
Sept. 21: Tulane at Syracuse — The only time Tulane has seen victory in this series was a two-point win in 1990 (26-24).
Sept. 26: Iowa State at Tulsa — These two teams played only once in their history before last year (1961). The Cyclones and the Golden Hurricane played twice last year and will make it three times in each team's last 14 games. Iowa State won the regular season game last year, 38-23, while Tulsa won the Liberty Bowl, 31-17. This game will be a Thursday night showdown this year.
Sept. 28: ECU at North Carolina — This is the 14th meeting between the two North Carolina schools. The series dates back to 1972. The series has been played six times since the turn of the century and was not played previously before 1981.
Sept. 28: UAB at Vanderbilt — Two prestigious academic schools square off in the Music City for the second time. The only other meeting came in 1996 with the Commodores winning, 31-15. Both schools are taking drastic turns within their football programs for the better.
Oct. 26: FAU at Auburn — FAU gets another dose of Gus Malzahn; this time the Gus bus is the head coach of the Tigers. FAU's only other meeting against Auburn came in 2011 and the defending national champion Tigers won 30-14.
Nov. 2: UTEP at Texas A&M — This is third meeting between the two Lone Star State schools with A&M holding a 2-0 lead. The two previous games A&M won 45-17 (2000) and 20-17 (1984).
Nov. 23: ECU at North Carolina State — Another game within the Research Triangle for the Pirates, this time in Raleigh. This will be the 27th meeting between the two in-state schools and this series dates back to 1970. ECU is 8-4 in the last 14 meetings and the last two meetings have gone to overtime (ECU 33, NC. State 27 in 2010; N.C. State 30, ECU 24 in 2008).