Every football member of Conference USA and the Mountain West is in action this weekend. There are three games against the nation’s top-15, highlighted by WKU at No. 4/7 Wisconsin. Eight match-ups are against FCS programs, including C-USA’s UAB and the MW’s San Jose State, who kick off Thursday night on ESPN+.
The preseason college bowl projections are out and there are five different teams from Conference USA and the Mountain West projected in the 2018 New Mexico Bowl. Middle Tennessee is the favorite to represent C-USA. It would be the Blue Raiders first appearance in the Albuquerque-based game. Wyoming is favored out of the MW. The Cowboys have played in two New Mexico Bowl games, winning the 2009 game in double overtime against Fresno State and falling in the 2011 game to Temple.