Three Things We Learned From Conference USA — Week 0


After a 229-day absence, college football returned to stadiums and our living rooms on Saturday afternoon as the 2022 Division I college football season kicked off with a full slate of games and five Conference USA programs in action. The Austin Reed era at Western Kentucky began as the West Florida transfer attempts to fill the record-breaking shoes left behind by former Hilltopper signal-caller Bailey Zappe. While Reed wasn’t able to match Zappe’s seven-touchdown performance in his WKU debut last season, he did lead Western to a victory over FCS Austin Peay. The nightcap saw a pair of conference matchups with Charlotte and Florida Atlantic facing off in a game that saw the pregame hype eclipse the on-field action. C-USA’s most western program in UTEP took on in-state foe North Texas under an electric atmosphere at a sold out Sun Bowl Stadium. As we look forward to the rest of the league opening their season on week one, let’s take a look back at the Three Things We Learned from a week zero that had its share of surprises and possible revelations.