[2017 College Football Preview] Conference U.S.A.

We keep the 2017 College Football Preview rolling along with a look at the CONFERENCE U.S.A.!

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14. UAB Blazers

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Last Year’s Record: UAB hasn’t played football in two years

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Bill Clark (6-6 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Shaq Jones (LB), Tevin Crews (LB), Darious Williams (CB), Will Dawkins (S)

Top Incoming Players: Jonathan Haden (RB), Thomas Johnston (LB), Anthony Rush (DT), Thair Blakes (TE), Logan Arnold (TE)

Toughest Games (for 2017): Louisiana Tech (October 7), Middle Tennessee (October 14), @ Southern Miss (October 28), @ UTSA (November 11), @ Florida (November 18)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 1-11 (0-8)


 

13. North Texas Mean Green

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Last Year’s Record: 5-8

Last Year’s Bowl: Heart of Dallas vs. Army West Point (Lost 31-38)

Head Coach: Seth Littrell (5-8 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Kishawn McClain (S), Jeffery Wilson (RB), Joshua Wheeler (LB), Eric Jenkins (CB), T.J. Henson (OL), Nate Brooks (CB), Mason Fine (QB), Turner Smiley (WR), Elex Woodworth (OL), Jordan Murray (OL), Roderick Young (DL), Ashton Preston (LB), Trevor Moore (K)

Top Incoming Players: Jalen Guyton (WR), Tre Siggers (RB), Cade Pearson (QB)

Toughest Games (for 2017): @ Iowa (September 16), @ Southern Miss (September 30), UTSA (October 14), @ Louisiana Tech (November 4)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 2-10 (1-7)


 

12. UTEP Miners

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Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Sean Kugler (18-31 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Will Hernandez (OL), Greg Long (OL), Alvin Jones (LB), Jayson Vanhook (LB), Ryan Metz (QB), Eddie Sinegal (WR), Derron Gatewood (OL), Derek Elmendorff (OL), Mike Sota (DL), Dante Lovilotte (LB), Nik Needham (CB), Kalon Beverly (CB), Devin Cockrell (S), Alan Luna (K/P)

Top Incoming Players: David Lucero (TE), Joshua Fields (RB)

Toughest Games (for 2017): @ Oklahoma (September 2), @ Army West Point (September 30), Western Kentucky (October 7), @ Southern Miss (October 14), UTSA (October 28), @ Middle Tennessee (November 4), Louisiana Tech (November 18)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 2-10 (2-6)


 

11. FIU Panthers

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Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Butch Davis (0-0 at FIU, 79-43 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Anthony Wint (LB), Alex Gardner (RB), Treyvon Williams (LB), Alex McGough (QB), Darrius Scott (WR), Thomas Owens (WR), Stantley Thomas (WR), Daquane Wilkie (OL), Kai Absheer (OL), Newton Salisbury (DL), Jermaine Sheriff (DL), Fermin Silva (OL), Emmanuel Lubin (CB), Xavier Hines (S), Niko Gonzalez (S), Stone Wilson (P)

Top Incoming Players: Cody Bowes (OL), Brandon James (LB), Willa Pierre (OL)

Toughest Games (for 2017): @ UCF (September 2), @ Indiana (September 16), @ Middle Tennesssee (October 7), @ Marshall (October 28), UTSA (November 4), Western Kentucky (November 25)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 3-9 (1-7)


 

10. Charlotte 49ers

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Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Brad Lambert (6-18 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Nate Davis (OL), Chris Brown (OL), T.L. Ford (WR), Karrington King (LB), Tyriq Harris (LB), Ben DeLuca (S), Hasaan Klugh (QB), Workpeh Kofa (WR), Eugene German (OL), Nick Carroll (DE), Anthony Covington (CB), Ed Rolle (S), Arthur Hart (P)

Top Incoming Players: Kameron Duncan (RB), Mic Roof (QB)

Toughest Games (for 2017): @ Kansas State (September 9), Marshall (October 7), @ Western Kentucky (October 14), Middle Tennessee (November 11), @ Southern Miss (November 18)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 4-8 (2-6)


 

9. Rice Owls

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: David Bailiff (56-69 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Emmanuel Ellerbee (LB), Trey Martin (OL), Calvin Anderson (OL), Zach Abercrumbia (DL), Cory Klinger (OL), Blain Padgett (DL), Aaron Cephus (WR), Jack Fox (P), Sam Stewart (RB), Kylen Granson (WR), Peter Godber (OL), Sam Pierce (OL), Carl Thompson (DL), Brian Womac (DL), V.J. Banks (LB), Destri White (S), J.T. Ibe (S)

Top Incoming Players: Miklo Smalls (QB), Will Harrison (K)

Toughest Games (for 2017): Stanford (August 26), @ Houston (September 16), @ Pittsburgh (September 30), Army West Point (October 7), @ UTSA (October 21), Louisiana Tech (October 28), Southern Miss (November 11)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 4-8 (4-4)


 

8. Marshall Thundering Herd

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Doc Holliday (53-37 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Ryan Yurachek (TE), Juwon Young (LB), Rodney Allen (CB), Kendall Gant (S), Chase Litton (QB), Tyre Brady (WR), Ryan Bee (DL), Levi Brown (OL), Keion Davis (RB), Jordan Dowrey (OL), Sandley Jean-Felix (OL), Damien Dozier (DL), Chase Hancock (LB), Chris Jackson (CB), Kaare Vedvik (P)

Top Incoming Players: Shurod Thompson (CB), Darian Owens (WR), Monterio Hunt (WR), Darius Hodge (LB), Donyae Moody (LB), Sheldon Evans (RB), DeCavilon Reese (RB), Isaiah Green (QB)

Toughest Games (for 2017): @ NC State (September 9), @ Cincinnati (September 30), @ Middle Tennessee (October 20), Western Kentucky (November 11), @ UTSA (November 18), Southern Miss (November 25)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 6-6 (4-4)


 

7. Old Dominion Monarchs

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Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl: Bahamas vs. Eastern Michigan (Won 24-20)

Head Coach: Bobby Wilder (29-20 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Ray Lawry (RB), Miles Fox (DL), Brandon Addison (CB), Jonathan Duhart (WR), Melvin Vaughn (TE), Oshane Ximines (DL), Sean Carter (S), Nick Clarke (OL), Tony Barnett (OL), Travis Fulgham (WR), Isaac Weaver (OL), Bunmi Rotmi (DL), A.J. Davison (OL), Darius Garcia (OL), Rob Thompson (S), Brad Davis (K)

Top Incoming Players: Casey Perkins (RB), Keion White (TE)

Toughest Games (for 2017): North Carolina (September 16), @ Virginia Tech (September 23), Western Kentucky (October 20), @ Middle Tennessee (November 25)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 6-6 (5-3)


 

6. Florida Atlantic Owls

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Lane Kiffin (0-0 at FAU, 35-21 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Kalib Woods (WR), Antonyo Woods (OL), Reggie Bain (OL), Azeez Al-Shaair (LB), Jalen Young (S), Devin Singletary (RB), Raekwon Williams (CB), Ocie Rose (S), Steven Leggett (DL), Kamrin Solomon (WR), Brandon Walton (OL), Roman Fernandez (OL), Haiden Nagel (DE), Shelton Lewis (CB), Andrew Soroh (S), Greg Joseph (K)

Top Incoming Players: De’Anfernee McGriff (WR), Romello Martin (DL), Carson Lydon (LB), Joey Palmer (OL), Ahman Ross (CB), Tim Bonner (DL), Jordan Merrell (WR), Chase Lasater (LB), Denzel Houston (WR)

Toughest Games (for 2017): Navy (September 1), @ Wisconsin (September 9), Middle Tennessee (September 30), @ Western Kentucky (October 28), @ Louisiana Tech (November 11)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 7-5 (5-3)


 

5. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

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Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl: Hawaii vs. Hawaii (Lost 35-52)

Head Coach: Rick Stockstill (72-66 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Brent Stockstill (QB), Richie James (WR), Walter Brady (DL), Ty Lee (WR), Chandler Brewer (OL), D.J. Sanders (LB), Mike Minter (CB), Carlos Johnson (OL), Chris Melton (LB), Canon Rooker (K), Patrick Smith (WR), Darius Harris (LB), Alex Dale (S), Jovante Moffatt (S), Matt Bonadies (P)

Top Incoming Players: John Turner (QB)

Toughest Games (for 2017): Vanderbilt (September 2), @ Minnesota (September 16), @ Western Kentucky (November 17)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 7-5 (6-2)


 

4. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

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Last Year’s Record: 9-5

Last Year’s Bowl: Armed Forces vs. Navy (Won 48-45)

Head Coach: Skip Holtz (31-22 at Louisiana Tech, 85-70 all-time)

Top Returning Players: O’Shea Dugas (OL), Jaylon Ferguson (DL), Jarred Craft (RB), Kam McKnight (WR), Jordan Bradford (DL), Russell Farris (LB), Deldrick Canty (DL), Secdrick Cooper (S), Jonathan Barnes (K), Alfred Smith (WR), Ethan Reed (OL), Josh Outlaw (OL), DeMarion King (S)

Top Incoming Players: Jaiden Cole (CB), Hanner Shipley (TE), Elijah Walker (QB), Davan Dyer (K)

Toughest Games (for 2017): Mississippi State (September 9), @ Western Kentucky (September 16), @ South Carolina (September 23), Southern Miss (October 21), UTSA (November 25)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 8-4 (6-2)


 

3. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

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Last Year’s Record: 7-6

Last Year’s Bowl: New Orleans vs. Louisiana (Won 28-21)

Head Coach: Jay Hopson (7-6 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Ito Smith (RB), Allenzae Staggers (WR), Julain Allen (TE), Ty Pollard (OL), Xavier Thighpen (DL), Picasso Nelson (S), Draper Riley (DL), Parker Shaunfield (K), Isaiah Jones (WR), Devin Farrior (OL), LaDarius Harris (DL), Darian Yancey (DL), Cornell Armstrong (CB), Curtis Mikell (CB)

Top Incoming Players: Emanuel Dabney (CB), Freddie Hartz (LB), Paul Gainer (OL), Darius Maberry (RB), Briggs Bourgeois (K), Steven Anderson (QB)

Toughest Games (for 2017): Kentucky (September 2), @ UTSA (October 7), @ Louisiana Tech (October 21), @ Tennessee (November 4)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 8-4 (6-2)


 

2. UTSA Roadrunners

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Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl: New Mexico vs. New Mexico (Lost 20-23)

Head Coach: Frank Wilson (6-7 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Josiah Tauaefa (LB), Marcus Davenport (DL), Josh Stewart (WR), Dalton Sturm (QB), Jalen Rhodes (RB), Shaq Williams (TE), Yannis Routsas (P), Brady Jones (WR), Kerry Thomas (WR), Juan Perez-Isodoro (OL), Stefan Beard (OL), Austin Pratt (OL), Kevin Strong (DL), La’Kel Bass (LB), Austin Jupe (CB), Devron Davis (CB), Nate Gaines (S)

Top Incoming Players: B.J. Daniels (RB), Frank Harris (QB), Chance McLeod (TE), Bryce Rivers (QB)

Toughest Games (for 2017): Houston (September 2), @ Baylor (September 9), Southern Miss (October 7), @ Louisiana Tech (November 25)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 9-3 (7-1)


 

1. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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Last Year’s Record: 11-3

Last Year’s Bowl: Boca Raton vs. Memphis (Won 51-31)

Head Coach: Mike Sanford (0-0 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Chris Johnson (DL), Joe Brown (CB), Mike White (QB), Joel Iyiebuniwe (LB), Lucky Jackson (WR), Dennis Edwards (OL), Sykler Simcox (K), Jake Collins (P), Nacarius Fant (WR), Brandon Ray (OL), Derik Overstreet (DL), De’Andre Simmons (CB), Marcus Ward (S)

Top Incoming Players: Mik’Wuan Deane (TE), Juwuan Jones (LB), Steven Witchoskey (TE)

Toughest Games (for 2017): Louisiana Tech (September 16), @ Vanderbilt (November 4), Middle Tennessee (November 17)

Predicted Record (for 2017): 10-2 (7-1)

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