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Bill Land and Gary Reasons talk shop about the happenings in the Conference USA.
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Everybody loves them from other initiatives -- USA showcase bill land along with college football hall of Famer Gary reasons. Glad to have -- -- board while -- moving and shaking going on around the conference and also new partnership has not come to fruition. That's what we start our show after several months of discussions conference USA and mountain west would join forces and host a football championship game. To be played between the winners of each conference's regular season. In all 22 teams will have a shot at the title game that could happen soon. As the next season. Talk about a foot for a how about this USA about what revelation will -- five. And zone. So here you were talking about this merger certainly one key player comes from the mountain west Boise State. They're like the pretty girl the dance everybody is -- Boise State right now you have to drive Boise State is one of those programs the most -- want to have in their comfort. A new member new entrant to the to the Mountain West Conference so this is their first year back in there and I got the changeover back to occur so the big east -- -- -- Boise State very heavily don't know if they're gonna get an invite there or not I think others also in the country maybe even outside of the eastern conferences are looking for Boise State perhaps. -- give them an opportunity to play there but they're definitely one of the premier programs they have built this program up. Over the over recent years I think if you. Good pitchers but anyway yeah the key word -- now and program. This is a statement released by CU SA commissioner Britton and I'll -- The potential this association went out west is very exciting. By taking an innovative approach we feel we can offer tremendous opportunities for exposure and stability without breaking up from regional rivalries. The food make up for college football tradition. Yup -- point of this -- All this realignment stuff still going on as we speak however it ends up by having the eastern conference's with some very quality schools together. It gives them an opportunity to compete at the highest level post season. Yeah and they will they'll do that you put twenty schools you know you're gonna want to give you some good football especially if you for a championship I think that's what this conference. Their goalie is right there -- you find a way to provide quality winner. And that perhaps meets -- talk about automatic clock our conference is and I think it's kind of in the back of their mind of being able to. Put this conglomerate schools together to get an automatic off our congress did it's not like they're fun right now but I think -- part of the thinking. We have this larger groups. Rules competing for the ball -- be an above all let's talk some ball when we start up for the RC USA seemed -- Certainly the way well we're talk about a couple of quarterbacks are gonna face often take a look at. SMU JJ McDermott taking on US and Austin Davis both these guys are playing exceptionally well they're ranked two -- three in total offense and in passing in the conference behind case you know. I think girls go look at Tulsa Anderson USA win streak they wants. The finish the season last your seventh straight game they've won. But they have a seven game VC USA winning streak going into this -- ball game against right so they're looking into a three don't conference play. Also think get to take a look at case you know who meets Billy curry on the field the pre season conference all -- -- player you know meets the pretty. All conference defensive player curry curry leading the country in sacks he's got a great job there -- -- in the record books and it. And of course the other news is that Bob. Lugo has resigned as the head coach at Dwyane it's a tough tough situation there ballclub lost the last four. 215 overall. And it's tough played in the Super Bowl final respects me you down -- -- to try to -- -- on campus stadium. It's just a very difficult situation. Evolved a little tough tough situation down there it's tough to win it's a tough. Program to build up he's fifteen and forty over his time there He knows the coaches robredo one thing and that production and if -- -- One place they got to go on his -- and -- an opponent sent a message to the conference that they have every intention of returning to the conference championship game. In December in a rematch of last season's finale the most things routed defending champ UCF and Dallas Saturday the eight to seventeen. Much like -- TCU game SMU jumped out to a quick lead but it was. This we don't come back over -- the most things behind the past is JJ McDermott. -- flew over 300 yards on the league's most respected defense -- the record -- you know in the conference and I have a more overall for the first time it. 45 years. Almost like all. Times on the Hilltop and that is certainly great for them. Question where you don't hear what happened this UCL a defense -- you're bragging about a role here or just SMU but got off to implement what you said last. I think He really has a very potent offense -- what they do. Kind of take what the defense allows would've been a short pass outside for the run game exact line injury to McDermott. No he's five and I was a starter now the seasons we've got a great job. As a quarterback for at risk -- and I think it's just it's a very talented team he's going to have to contend with. They can run the football they can pass the football and they're very smart doing -- June Jones has all these quarterbacks. Read the defense -- well and I think these quarterbacks who played for him usually do very well. And the -- seemed to have the whole package looks like they've taken a page from George O'Leary's defensive playbook the most things He was outstanding on Saturday. Particularly against the run do you stop the run got a chance to win. He started on the front the defense of players and us and you have to play wherever those guys to do a great job you hear Davis upfront and you have. -- Taylor Reid linebacker coming up and stop on the run as well a I think their defense their front set the table when your team like you -- -- which is pretty much a run oriented team play action passing Jeff Godfrey. I think if you take that away from a team in your gonna will be able to. You know dictate how this ball game goes I did CF for the team it has not played well from behind. An SN you've got off points early on these guys the defense they become leverage -- played well. And they got also replacements on the defensive front recipe that they're able to bring different players in the ball game I think it's a good job matching up in the secondary they'll on the receiver Justin. All sorts of wealth of. Even the football in Virginia certainly great start for the ponies were almost forgotten in the discussion pursue USA title hopes has -- also. They're -- came pre conference schedule was among the toughest in the country with -- Oklahoma Boise State and Oklahoma State. But don't look now Tulsa sailing along this team USA having won both their league games. Win number two coming Saturday over UN be in the game that the Blazers didn't go down easily. In fact you may be what this game in the second quarter but the hurricane blew open in the second half. And -- to 3720. DJ Kennedy threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns Tulsa actual level improving to three and three overall. He starts sometimes finishes -- quarterback continues advantage. He's just playing to play well getting better each and every week I think the DJ Kennedy as He plays well and He gets used his receivers the crowd with a little bit different than a year ago. Who's the mayor Johnson but obviously he's on his on his game last week. 31 a 43 and He had three touchdowns and a ball game and He went against Oklahoma Oklahoma State Boise State He learned how to play against tough competition those ball games until. He's a very hot quarterback right now. Certainly trying to keep that streak alive at -- there when involvement. It also doesn't turn it over. Fairly potent football team that survives and who knows nothing about another victory. In conference USA one games this week in the conference -- take a look at the central time kickoff starts on Thursday. And the nicest CF and hit. Started with a trip to Birmingham to play you waved me Blazers who can play with him -- on Saturday it wouldn't match up. -- Carolina may be and how about Marshall. Houston at 330. Under the lights Colts and vice. Marquee matchup of the day no question -- SMU. At southern miss. Coming up on fewer things -- case we'll preview we gave marquee match -- -- are the week. Campbell here -- CU SA basketball coaches. You -- facie case continues. After this.