Sunday’s Den: Conference USA football knowledge

Alabama-Birmingham
— 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 74 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 14 starts
— UAB coach Clark abruptly retired in June (has back issues)
— OC Bryant Vincent will be the interim head coach
— Since 2017, they’re 14-6-2 ATS as a home favorite.
— 13-8 ATS in last 21 games as an underdog.
— 2-2 in bowls last five years (3-1 ATS)

Charlotte
— 8 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 46 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 35 starts
— Have one winning season out of nine as a I-A team
— Since 2019, they’re 4-2 ATS as a home dog, 4-8 as a road dog.
— Last year, they gave up 49 ppg in losing their last three games. 
— lost their only bowl game 31-9 in 2019. 

Florida Atlantic
— 8 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 125 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 21 starts
— 10-11 SU in two years since Lane Kiffin left.
— In his career, Taggart is 37-25 ATS in road games.
— FAU is 4-1 SU in last five bowls (underdog in 3 of 5 games)
— Since 2015, FAU is 2-9 ATS as a home underdog. 

Florida International
— 5 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 25 starts back on offensive line; senior QB had 11 starts at Duke
— Should have 3 sophs, one freshman starting on OL
— New coach MacIntyre is 36-29 ATS in road games.
— FIU is 3-13-1 ATS last 17 games as an underdog.
— Last three years, they’re 2-16-1 ATS in conference games.
— Lost three of last four bowls; last one was in 2019

Louisiana Tech
— 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 85 starts back on offensive line
— went 8-14 last two years, after going 10-3 in 2019
— New coach Cumbie was an OC at TCU, Texas Tech
— have new QB’s; two of them played for Cumbie at TCU, Texas Tech
— Since 2017, Tech is 8-13 ATS as a home favorite.
— Last two years, they’re 2-8 ATS as a favorite.
— won four of last five bowls; were underdog in 4 of the 5. 

Middle Tennessee State
— 5 starters back on offense, 6 on defense
— 31 starts back on offensive line
— brought in five junior college linemen this year
— senior QB has 5 starts; soph QB also has 5 starts
— since 2016, they’re 26-9-1 ATS coming off a loss.
— Coach Stockstill is 21-13 ATS as a road favorite.
— 2-3 in bowls since 2015 (average total: 68.2)

North Texas
— 8 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— 106 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 12 starts
— Last two years, UNT is 5-2 ATS as a favorite.
— since 2017, they’re 9-14 ATS coming off a loss.
— under Littrell, they’re 19-29 ATS in C-USA games
— they’re 2-10 all-time in bowls (0-4 ATS last four)
— 0-5 SU/1-4 ATS last five bowls, allowing 44.6 ppg. 

Rice
— 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 92 starts back on offensive line; 3 backups QB’s from LY return
— Last four years, Owls are 11-31 SU
— Last four years, they’re 1-7 ATS as favorites, 18-15 as an underdog
— last three years, they’re 7-12 ATS coming off a loss
— won 3 of last 4 bowls, but their last bowl was in 2014. 

Texas- El Paso
— 7 starters back on offense, 8 on defense
— 94 starts back on offensive line; junior QB has 19 starts
— 7-6 LY, their second winning season in last 10 years
— Coach Dimel is 14-29 ATS as a favorite.
— Since 2004, Miners are 0-5 SU/1-4 ATS in bowls.
— Last year was their first bowl since 2014. 

Texas-San Antonio
— 8 starters back on offense, 5 on defense
— have 121 starts back on offensive line; senior QB has 28 starts.
— went 12-2 SU last season
— Under Traylor, UTSA is 8-2 ATS as an underdog.
— Since 2018, they’re 9-3 ATS coming off a loss.
— Last two seasons, Roadrunners are +20 in turnovers
— 0-3 SU/2-1 ATS in bowls; were underdog in all three.

Western Kentucky
— 4 starters back on offense, 7 on defense
— 39 starts back on offensive line; junior QB had 25 starts at a D2 school
— Under Helton, they’re 11-5 ATS as an underdog.
— Helton is their 6th head coach in last ten years.
— 15-8-1 ATS in last 24 conference games
— 3-2 SU in bowls the last six years

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