Welcome to the Winless Watch, where we take a look at the teams still waiting on that first victory of the year, and their odds of getting it this week.
Eastern Michigan ended its 18-game slide with a big win over Ball State, leaving three teams:
Western Kentucky (0-6). Streak: L 26. This week: at Louisiana. Chances: 35 percent. Wow, did the Hilltoppers come close last week. But alas, luck is hardly ever on your side when you lose 26 straight games. They allowed 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to lose to ULM 35-30. Chris Masson is playing better for Louisiana. If it doesn’t happen this week, next week could be it for Western Kentucky, with a home game against North Texas.
New Mexico (0-6). Streak: L 7. This week: San Diego State. Chances: 5 percent. The Lobos had a week off to rest and get their act together, but somehow I think they are going to need more than a week to start playing better. An infusion of talent would help, along with a new coaching staff. It’s going to be hard for one of the worst offenses and defenses in the country to stop one of the more balanced teams in the Mountain West. Ronnie Hillman had 191 yards on the ground last week against a decent Air Force defense. Wonder how many he will get this week.
Akron (0-7). Streak: L 7. This week: Western Michigan. Chances: 15 percent. Patrick Nicely continues to struggle, but coach Rob Ianello says he is going to stick with his quarterback. You have to wonder where the Zips are going to find some offensive production, though. They are averaging just 15.9 points a game.