And if Falk and the offense can keep converting third downs at a prodigious rate (56.7 percent, third in the country) and continue to monopolize possession better (33:08, 19th in the country and a bit up from last year’s 32:25), Washington State could well nudge its way into the playoff conversation.
Charlotte: There’s nothing but league play remaining for the 49ers (0-4), a fifth-year program that lost to North Carolina A&T two weeks ago and became the first shutout victim in Georgia State’s history last week.
But life in the West Division of the Mountain West is forgiving, and Nevada should find some success against the likes of Fresno State, San Jose State and UNLV (combined record: 3-10).
The statistical markers are bleak across the board, but considering UTEP is built for a power rushing attack, owning the nation’s worst rushing offense (62.8 yards per game) is especially troubling.
7 Georgia at Tennessee (Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS): The Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0 SEC) can all but knock the Volunteers (3-1, 0-1) out of the SEC East race if they snap a two-game slide against Tennessee.