Conference USA Game Picks

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars rolls out as he looks for a receiver in the third quarter against the Rice Owls at Robertson Stadium on October 27, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Houston wo 73-34.(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

This week, Conference USA action features Tulsa at UCF (tonight), UTEP at Rice, Tulane at SMU, #25 Southern Miss at East Carolina, and #13 Houston at UAB. Both Memphis and Marshall have the week off. Here are the Rush's Week 10 Conference USA Game Picks.

[3] Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-3, 4-0) @ [7] UCF Knights [7] (4-4, 2-2) 8:00 p.m. ET, Thursday November 3rd

The Golden Hurricane have established themselves as a top team in Conference USA. They have three losses on the season, but all are to highly ranked opponents. The Knights have been very erratic all season long. They lost to UAB two weeks ago, then turned around and shut Memphis out 41-0. May be another Hurricane in Florida.

Projection: Tulsa 34, UCF 21

[12] Tulane Green Wave (2-7, 1-4) @ [4] SMU Mustangs (5-3, 3-2) 3:00 p.m. ET, Saturday November 5th

The Green Wave have completely fallen off, and have now lost 6 in a row. The Mustangs are struggling a bit themselves, losing 28-3, and 38-7 in the last two weeks to Southern Miss and Tulsa. Still, this should be a game the Mustangs win pretty easily.

Projection: SMU 38, Tulane 14

[8] UTEP Miners (4-4, 1-3) @ [9] Rice Owls (2-6, 1-4) 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday November 5th

The Miners had their bubble burst by Southern Miss on Saturday in a 31-13 loss. They played tough early on, but the offense just couldn't get things going. Rice has struggled throughout the season, and it showed in their 73-35 loss at the hands of Houston. Should be a close one, but the Miners are definitely the better team.

Projection: UTEP 35, Rice 27

[2] Southern Miss Golden Eagles (7-1, 3-1) @ [5] East Carolina Pirates (4-4, 3-1), 4:00 p.m. ET, Saturday November 5th

The Golden Eagles continue to roll, winning their 6th straight on Saturday at UTEP. ECU started out the season slow, but is trying to put it together here late, and has now won 3 straight. ECU's minor resurgence should keep them close, but Southern Miss is just too tough.

Projection: Southern Miss 41, ECU 28

[1] Houston Cougars (8-0, 4-0) @ [10] UAB Blazers (1-7, 1-4) 7:00 p.m. ET, Saturday November 5th

Houston is now 8-0, and on a mission to make it to a BCS bowl. They are absolutely rolling, and to be quite honest seem unstoppable. UAB is on the opposite end of the spectrum, having by far its most disappointing season in quite some time. Let's see...Houston beat Marshall 63-28, and Marshall beat UAB 59-14, so after doing the proper calculations...Houston should win this one by a final of about 114-21.

Projection: Houston 56, UAB 10

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