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The Booth Review -- Week Ten

Louisiana Tech dismantles the Hilltoppers, George O'Leary needs new hair plugs and Underdog Dynasty's #SBCbias is on full display in this week's Booth Review.

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports


Husky — It's not just the pant size I wore as a kid. UConn utilized the legs of Deshon Foxx and a sluggish start by UCF to win its first AAC game since December and hand the Knights a humiliating loss in the process. The worst part for George O'Leary's club is that Foxx isn't even really a running back. The senior star (Foxx. Get it!) ran out of UConn's option package, ripping off a 68-yard touchdown and 102 yards on just 11 carries. This is one game George O'Leary will definitely leave off his resume.


Louisiana Tech lost to Northwestern State earlier in the season. That happened. Now the Bulldogs are looking like the only semi-legitimate threat to Marshall in Conference USA. Quarterback Cody Sokol tossed five touchdowns and La Tech absolutely demolished Western Kentucky 59-10 to stay undefeated in C-USA play. This is the most fun Ruston has had since Interstate 20 was built.


Louisiana (Lafayette? You guys really need a two-day workshop on branding hosted by a guy who uses lots of hashtags on Twitter) breezed past South Alabama 19-9 Saturday to further muddle the top of the Sun Belt standings. Georgia Southern still controls its own destiny at 6-0, but the Ragin' Cajuns did their part to stay within striking distance in what seemed like the most boring game of all time. Fun Belt action is heating up like the three bowls of Campbell's Chunky Soup Mark Hudspeth drinks before every fourth quarter. I love this conference, but maybe that's just Underdog Dynasty's #SBCbias.


Congratulations, UTEP. Despite being outgained by 168 yards, mustering only 234 yards total and generally looking like you'd rather be peddling trinkets at a Juarez gift shop, you managed to blow out Nick Mullens-less Southern Miss. You used a 98-yard kickoff return, a pick-six and five turnovers to beat the Golden Eagles and climb to 5-3 on the year. This game is two nerdy kids getting in a fight over Dance Dance Revolution in the Springtown mall arcade. It's hilarious to watch and you want SOMEONE to win, but in the end nobody cares and you're only here because you needed new tennis shoes, anyways.


Just one week after everyone was crowning East Carolina as the Group of Five darling, the Pirates #Clemsoned against Temple. It was the Owls' first win over a ranked opponent in 16 years and just the third time they have beaten a ranked school in their history. Shane Carden was kept off the scoreboard and Temple forced five fumbles in the 20-10 upset. Temple's quarterback and two leading rushers combined for 127 yards and the Owls still won by double-digits. ECU outgained Temple BY 293 YARDS in the loss. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE. Larry Fedora couldn't even do that. And trust me, he's tried.


Good Lord. If you're squeamish at all, do not keep reading. The Numerical mentions this game too, and how could you not if you've seen the box score. Appy State just absolutely destroyed Georgia State. I mean beat them senseless, took their lunch money and made out with their girlfriend on top of a pile of Panther pelts. The Mountaineers collected 567 yards. Georgia State? 62. The Panthers gained 1.7 yards per play. John Goodman by himself could get two. This was an absolute skull dragging in every sense of the word.

Other Scores of Note: Air Force 23, Army 6; Rice 31, FIU 17; Texas A&M 21, UL-Monroe 16; BYU 27, MTSU 7; Texas State 37, New Mexico State 29; Colorado State 38, San Jose State 31