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Best Win/Worst Loss By A Tulane Opponent In Week 9

Tough decisions had to be made to parse down the week that was.

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Early in the second quarter of last Saturday's game at Memphis, Tulane held a 13-0 lead. Everything looked to be coming up in the Green Wave's favor — and then, yeah. The Tigers outscored Tulane 41-0 the rest of the way and handed the Green Wave another lopsided loss.

Wait. We're not talking about Tulane here.

This is another exciting installment of "Maybe Tulane's Loss Wasn't That Bad (It Really Was): Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Bad Football."

Without further ado, here we go!

Best win: UConn over East Carolina

This space was going to be reserved for Temple if it beat Notre Dame, but...

So there were two strong options from which to pick: UConn over East Carolina OR Houston over Vanderbilt. While a win over an SEC team is big, the Cougars weren't underdogs. The Huskies were, by 7.5 points.

UConn needed a win to stay in the hunt to become bowl eligible. A loss to the Pirates meant the Huskies would need to win out to get to six wins. There is no way UConn could do that (at Tulane, vs. Houston, at Temple), so it bought itself some more time.

The Huskies broke it open in the second half and rode running back Arkeel Newsome to victory. Newsome carried te ball 25 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-13 win.

UConn outscored ECU 21-7 after halftime.

Honorable mention: Houston over Vanderbilt

Worst loss: Cincinnati over UCF

Bartender! I need another beer over here.

Those words must be ringing through The Basement in Orlando as the Knights are 0-9 this year. In case you forgot or visited The Basement on too many Saturdays, The Basement is a bar that's giving away free beer until UCF wins.

Well, any fan watching last week's game probably needed his or her share of alcohol. The Bearcats scored the Knights 52-7 and quarterback Gunner Kiel completed all 15 of his passes for 315 yards and five touchdowns.

UCF was able to stave off the shutout thanks to a late score. That was the sixth game this season where the Knights scored 14 or fewer points.

Honorable mention: Tulsa over SMU

Think I'm wrong on either? Want to tell me I'm too harsh on UCF? Leave a comment or find me on Twitter (@tylermayforth).