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What to watch from the non-AQs, Week 13

1.Temple goes for history: The Temple Owls will be bidding to make history this Friday when they play Ohio. The Owls have won nine straight and a 10th win would mark their best season since 1979. A win also would guarantee the Owls their first division title and a chance to play for their first conference title.

2.Reversal of fortune: Southern Miss is pretty much East Carolina’s kryptonite. The Pirates are 2-15 in the last 17 games against the Golden Eagles in Greenville, N.C., and haven’t won since 1994. This game is for the C-USA East title and a trip to the C-USA title game.

3.More on C-USA: East Carolina is bidding to become the first C-USA team to win back-to-back titles under the current format with a championship game. The last team to win back-to-back title in C-USA is Louisville, which did it in 2000 and 2001.

4.Just finish: TCU already has won as many games as its 1938 national championship team and Saturday it will bid for its 12th regular-season win. If the Horned Frogs beat New Mexico, they will win the Mountain West outright and make their first-ever appearance in a BCS bowl.

5.Running with a purpose: Nevada’s running game has been seemingly unstoppable for the past eight weeks, but against Boise State on Friday it will run into the best rushing defense it’s faced all year. Nevada has played within a score of the Broncos during the past two meetings.

6.Their own undefeated seasons: Both Troy and Central Michigan are bidding for their first undefeated conference campaigns this weekend. Troy already has won the Sun Belt title and faces Louisiana-Lafayette in the final regular-season game and Central Michigan faces Northern Illinois, the only other bowl eligible team in the West Division.

7.First-year magic: Of the three first-year head coaches in the Mountain West, only Wyoming’s Dave Christensen has his team on the cusp of a bowl berth and he might have had the least amount of talent. The Cowboys have to beat Colorado State to earn that sixth win.

8.Tomey’s final home game: Saturday’s game against New Mexico State will mark the final home game for San Jose State coach Dick Tomey. Tomey announced last week that he was retiring and that he wanted to leave on a good note. The Spartans have won just one game this season and lost their last six.

9.Swan songs: Both Memphis coach Tommy West and UNLV coach Mike Sanford will be coaching their final games this weekend after being fired by their respective schools. West is 2-9 this season and Sanford is 4-7. Neither school has named a replacement.

10.Getting to seven: Both Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette are fighting for their seventh win and a probable bowl berth. However, notching that seventh win seems unlikely considering they are facing the two top teams in the conference. (Louisiana-Monroe is facing Middle Tennessee and Louisiana-Lafayette takes on Troy.)