Conference USA

Arkansas Survives Overtime Thriller
Wes Pruett - Dec 29, 2022

Arkansas and Kansas went wild in Memphis at the Liberty Bowl! Arkansas would come away with a 55-53 three-overtime win in the highest-scoring game in Liberty Bowl history. We will look at who stood out, what this win means for the Arkansas program, and what is next for this program. First, we will look at […]

Southern Miss “Gores” Rice

Southern Miss was in strong control of the LendingTree Bowl. And then they weren’t. And then they remembered the guy wearing the #3 jersey and rode his back the rest of the way as Southern Miss “Gores” Rice, 38-24. Frank Gore, Jr. had the game of the day. It may turn out to be the […]

Troy wins the 2022 Cure Bowl by defeating the UTSA Roadrunners 18-12. The win gives the Trojans first 12-win season as an FBS program.
Phillip Jordan - Dec 16, 2022

In the only bowl game featuring a pair of conference champions, the Troy Trojans were able to defeat the UTSA Roadrunners 18-12 in the 2022 Cure Bowl. The Trojans scored 18 unanswered points after trailing 12-0 late in the first half. UTSA outgained Troy in yardage 345 to 153, but the Trojans forced five turnovers […]

UAB Defeats Miami (OH)
Andrew McCleary - Dec 16, 2022

Those who were wanting some mid-Friday bowl fireworks down in the Bahamas were left wanting more. But that doesn’t mean the game lacked competitiveness. The first three quarters were lots of trading body blows between UAB and Miami (OH). But the action really picked up in the fourth quarter, including a down-to-the-wire finish. But in […]

2022 Frisco Bowl

North Texas will take on Boise State in the Frisco Bowl this weekend. The Mean Green are not only looking to avenge a 2021 Frisco Football Classic loss, but also a whopping 59-0 loss to Boise State in 2000. This is the only time these two teams have met. Boise State on the other hand […]

2022 Cure Bowl
Phillip Jordan - Dec 15, 2022

When the Troy Trojans and the UTSA Roadrunners meet in the 2022 Cure Bowl, it will be the only bowl match-up featuring two conference champions. Both teams enter with identical 11-2 records with Troy from the Sun Belt and UTSA out of C-USA. The eighth edition of the bowl will also be the first game […]

Southern Miss vs Rice

You will excuse even the most ardent of college football fans if they scratch their heads trying to figure out Southern Miss vs. Rice in the 2022 Lending Tree Bowl. It is a little befuddling for even those of us who cover this game every week. LendingTree Bowl Southern Miss (6-6) vs. Rice (5-7) Saturday […]

Andrew McCleary - Dec 13, 2022

As Andy Williams tells us, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Although, when he released that song in 1963, there were only a measly nine bowl games. But the 2022 Bahamas Bowl will be the first of 41 bowl games to close out this college football season. It was also one of the first […]

Aidan Thomas - Aug 6, 2022

The best returning G5 running backs list is a skilled group of Power-5 caliber talent. For G5 teams, a game-changing talent is one of the dominoes needed to knock off a bigger team. This list features a few of those game-changing talents, and they’ll be looking to help engineer some big upsets this fall. We […]

Top Returning G5 Tight Ends
Nick Lemkau - Aug 5, 2022

Top Returning G5 Tight Ends The talent pool in the Group of Five sometimes gets overlooked for the big names of the Power Five conferences. However, teams in the five smaller conferences have been recruiting at a high level and landing some of the nation’s most talented transfers. Group of Five schools often present a […]

G5 Wide Receivers
Michael Hanich - Aug 5, 2022

College Football has had a history of some of its greatest wide receivers coming from small programs. Wide receivers in the group of five programs have the opportunity to become high-volume playmakers and go on to create great careers in the NFL. Antonio Brown was a player whose breakout performances with Central Michigan before becoming […]

Top Returning Group Of Five Specialists
Kevin McGuffey - Aug 4, 2022

It’s hard to believe the calendar has turned to August. Of course, that means later this month we’ll have actual college football to watch. Here at Last Word On College Football we’ve been going through the Power Five conferences counting down the best players at each position. Now we’re focusing on the Group Of Five […]

San Diego State Beat UTSA
Andrew McCleary - Dec 21, 2021

So much for a defensive rock fight and getting to see a punting legend in action. In a thrilling offensive explosion by both teams, it was the Aztecs who made the most plays that made the difference. San Diego State beat UTSA by a score of 38-24 and did so in a fashion that was […]

Tulsa Old Dominion
Sanjay Gorur - Dec 20, 2021

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane beat the Old Dominion Monarchs 30-17 to win the Myrtle Beach Bowl. This matchup was a one-score game throughout the first half, but Tulsa managed to break away thanks to solid defense in the second half. The Golden Hurricane now have its first bowl win since 2016, and Ricky Rahne has […]

2021 Frisco Bowl
Andrew McCleary - Dec 20, 2021

During playoff expansion talks, the idea was floated in discussions about the Group of Five breaking away to make their own playoff. The 2021 Frisco Bowl matchup undoubtedly would be a playoff game in a world with an exclusive Group of Five bracket. MEEP MEEP Conference USA The Roadrunners from San Antonio only began their […]

The 2021 New Orleans Bowl was dominated in the fourth quarter by the Sun Belt Champion Louisiana Ragin Cajuns as UL beat Marshall 36-21.
Brandon Eisenman - Dec 19, 2021

The New Orleans Bowl was one of the best early bowl games of the 2021 season. Louisiana defeated Marshall 36-21 in what seemed like a not so close game. The Ragin Cajuns end the year with a program-record 13 wins. Marshall gave Louisiana all the team could handle. But in the end, the Cajuns prevail […]

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Nick Lemkau - Dec 19, 2021

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there will be no changes to the Iowa coaching staff this season. Why would there be? In Kirk Ferentz’s 24 years as head coach at Iowa, he has never fired a coordinator. Before his time at the helm, Hayden Fry never fired a coordinator at Iowa. That makes 44 […]

Auburn Tigers Defensive Additions
Phillip Jordan - Dec 19, 2021

The 2022 Auburn Tigers were pretty bad on defense, and the talent on that side of the ball needed some help. The Tigers were one of the worst defenses in the SEC giving up 29.5 points per game, and 172.7 yards per game on the ground. The pass defense was not much better, allowing 222.6 […]

The Crimson Tide offense will see big changes. Alabama hired Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator Tommy Rees for the same position. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Hanich - Dec 19, 2021

The offense of the Alabama Crimson Tide needed a hard reset. Many in Tide Nation were relieved when Bill O’Brien took the offensive coordinator job for the New England Patriots after two good, but underwhelming seasons. Statistically, Alabama was one of the top offenses in the nation but it failed expectations in the big moments […]

2023 Kentucky Spring Recruiting
Kevin McGuffey - Dec 19, 2021

Picking Up Good Players Late Over the last few years, the December early signing period is where most recruits commit. Kentucky was no exception as they picked up 18 pledges. However with student-athletes using the transfer portal more than a Doctor Strange movie the February period still remains important. Coaches still find many players at […]

Nick Lemkau - Dec 19, 2021

Three-year starting quarterback and Big Ten West Champion are just two of the accomplishments listed in his bio on the team website. It also includes 37 games played and 31 games started. However, what isn’t listed might be Spencer Petras’ most important accolade. Leadership through adversity. Few Hawkeyes have ever traversed their collegiate path with […]

Craig McMichael - Dec 19, 2021

Georgia’s National Signing Day came to a close on Wednesday. Georgia signed 26 recruits to the Class of 2023. The Bulldogs have the #2 ranked class in the country. The class is made up of six 5-star and 17 4-star commits. 2023 is Kirby Smart‘s sixth Top 3 class in his eight years at Georgia. […]

Samuel Rowland - Dec 19, 2021

When newly hired Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule took over Scott Frost‘s regime in November of 2022, the Cornhuskers recruiting class was ranked 60th nationally and last in the Big Ten. Five months later, they are the 23rd-ranked class in the nation.  As well as a transfer portal ranking of 19th. This jump in class rankings was due […]

Nick Lemkau - Dec 19, 2021

Iowa tight ends coach Abdul Hodge has done incredible work in just his first full season with the Hawkeyes. The former Iowa linebacker joined the coaching staff in March of 2022 and has already put together a solid tight ends group for next season. It began with landing Erick All from Michigan in the transfer […]