Last week we looked at UAB’s path to a bowl game, but with a win over La Tech we can now dream a little bigger for the moment.
La Tech was considered the favorite in the western division, so you would think UAB is now at least a contender to come out of the West.
They lost by three points on the road to the team who is currently leading the West, so I have no doubt that UAB can compete with anybody in this conference.
With Charlotte, Rice and UTEP left on the schedule, not making a bowl game at this point — baring any major injuries at key positions — would be a disappointment.
For now, we have the chance to think bigger, so let’s look at what has to happen for UAB to win the West.
First of all, I don’t think UAB can afford to lose more than two games in the conference. They already have a loss to North Texas, and I don’t see the Mean Green losing more than three games.
North Texas has a huge game this weekend against UTSA, and then they play an FAU team from the East that is looking better every week. They also have to play at La Tech.
Those are three potential losses for North Texas, and UAB probably needs them to lose all three.
With the head-to-head tie-breaker over La Tech, the Blazers will be huge supporters of the Bulldogs the rest of the way. They still have games left with Southern Miss, North Texas, UTSA and FAU.
All of those are losable games for La Tech at this point, but hopefully they can beat North Texas and UTSA to help out the Blazers.
UTSA looked like the best team in the West before last weekend’s loss at home to Southern Miss. Now we’re not sure what to make of the RoadRunners.
We mentioned their big game with North Texas this weekend — we really need them to win that game. They get Marshall and FIU from the East, so maybe Marshall can help us out, but that game is at UTSA.
They also end the regular season at La Tech, in a game where we will most likely be cheering for the Bulldogs — as hard as that might be.
The other contender in the West is Southern Miss. They have a loss at home to North Texas, but then bounced back with an impressive win on the road against UTSA.
I think we are still trying to figure out exactly how good the Golden Eagles are this year.
They travel to play La Tech next weekend in what should be a huge game. Then the Blazers will travel to face them.
They end the regular season with Rice, Charlotte and Marshall.
Since 2010 this division has been won with two losses just twice. I think we see it happen again this year with all the parity in the conference.
That doesn’t leave much room for error the rest of the way for UAB, and they will need some help from teams playing North Texas.
But a shot at the CUSA Championship Game is still very possible for this UAB football team.