1.Get defensive: East Carolina hasn’t see an offense as potent as Houston’s this season, but it did see it in the C-USA championship game a year ago and stopped it. In that game, ECU forced seven turnovers. Turnovers have been the constant in Houston’s two losses this season and that’s the area that the Pirates have to win to win the game.
2.WAC bowls on the line: If Hawaii wants its dream matchup against former coach June Jones this bowl season, it has to beat Wisconsin in the final regular-season game of the year. However, doing so might put Fresno State’s bowl season in jeopardy. The Bulldogs needs to defeat Illinois to get to eight wins just in case they fall into the at-large pool. There aren’t many at-large spots up for grabs this season.
3.Leaving a legacy: Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour could be considered the best quarterback to ever play in the MAC if he can lead his team to yet another conference title. He’s put up good numbers against Ohio in the past, but he’ll face a much tougher defense in this game. LeFevour needs just one touchdown to become the nation’s all-time leader in touchdowns.
4.Making a last bid: Houston quarterback Case Keenum might be able to write his ticket to New York with a big effort against East Carolina in the Conference USA title game. Keenum already is a finalist for the Davey O’Brien and the Walter Camp awards, and the Heisman seems like the natural progression. On a weekend when several Heisman contenders will be playing, Keenum needs to set himself apart from the rest.
5.One more game: Ohio has been playing elimination games for a month to get to the MAC championship game, and it’s taken its toll on the team’s health. The most important injury might be to quarterback Theo Scott, who has thrown for 462 yards and scored eight total touchdowns in the past two games. Scott has an ankle injury, which could hamper his mobility, but Ohio needs him to play as well as he has in the past two weeks to pull off the upset.