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Friday, September 29, 2000
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Volume 66, Issue 29

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Conference USA schools square off

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Abdul Michael Conteh

This week's nonconference schedule looks soft with opponents' combined 3-9 record. But two conference matchups should garner some attention: Memphis at Southern Miss and Cincinnati at Tulane.

The games

Memphis (3-1) at Southern Miss (2-1) -- The Memphis Tigers are off to their best start since going 5-1-1 in 1984, and they face their stiffest challenge to date against Southern Miss. This is a battle of two excellent defensive squads, as the Golden Eagles have given up only two touchdowns and three field goals in three games, holding opposing teams to 8.3 points per game.

The Tigers are ranked No. 7 against the run and have seven interceptions in four games. Memphis will have a difficult time putting points on the board. For Memphis to have a chance, it must win the battle of field position and get some turnovers.

Connecticut (2-2) at Louisville (2-1) -- The Cardinals go from playing the second-best team in the country to playing one of the worst. Louisville is known for its passing attack, but it went scoreless against the mighty Seminoles. One problem the Cardinals need to address is penalties -- they lead the nation with 13 penalties per game for 116.3 yards per game. This week, Louisville should score early and often.

Cincinnati (2-2) at Tulane (1-2) -- Bearcats coach Rick Minter blasted his team after a 42-6 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers. The team fell apart in the second half after quarterback Deontey Kenner left the game with an abdominal strain. This week, Tulane will have quarterback Patrick Ramsey back from the injured list. In his first game back, Ramsey went 34 of 50 for 347 yards and three touchdowns. The key for Tulane will be trying to rattle the already fragile psyche of the Bearcats.

Louisiana Lafayette (0-4) at UAB (2-1) -- The Blazers are riding high after a 13-10 victory over Louisiana State and look to beat another Louisiana team, the Ragin' Cajuns. This should not be much of a battle because the Cajuns have managed only 24 points on offense this season.

The Blazers do have a problem keeping people healthy, with 11 offense personnel already missing at least one game with injuries and seven players sitting this game. UAB needs to put this game away early so it can rest its players and use this as a bye week.

Byes

East Carolina (3-1) -- The Pirates go into their bye week with their only loss coming at the hands of No. 4 Virginia Tech. The Pirates posted a solid 34-17 victory over Syracuse. The defense still needs to be concerned with stopping the running game: It gave up 247 yards to the Orangemen. Linebackers Pernell Griffin and Marc Yelveton will appreciate the rest after suffering knee injuries Saturday. ECU plays Memphis on Oct. 7.

Army (0-4) -- The Black Knights are winless, but they've started three quarterbacks due to injury. To Army's credit, it's had a chance to win three of four games. The good news is Army has a bye week to rest its injured passers, but it needs to work on its defense, which gives up 192.5 rushing yards per game.
 

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