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The 2014-15 preseason C-USA Power Rankings are here, LA Tech gets its respect, but where does everyone else fall?

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It seems like its LA Tech, UTEP and everybody else as far as preseason talk, and hoopla goes.

Things get going this Friday as majority of the C-USA members get things tipped off over this up coming weekend.

In our preseason edition of the Power Rankings, four voters from the MinerRush gang, mixed with SB Nation's LA Tech beat writer Jason Jones will be the voters making up this season's poll.

Here is how things shape up sitting days away from the opening tips.

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
1. (69) 4 first place votes Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 29-8, 13-3 C-USA

@ Southern, Friday

@ Temple, Monday

NIT Quarterfinals

Top Returners: Kenneth Smith, Sr, G, Raheem Appleby, Sr, G, Alex Hamilton, Jr, G, Michale Kyser, Sr., F/C.

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
2. (66) 1 first place vote UTEP Miners 23-11, 12-4 C-USA

vs. Washington State, Friday

vs. New Mexico State, November 22nd

CBI

Top Returners: Julian Washburn, Sr, F/G, Vince Hunter, So, F, C.J. Cooper, Sr, G, Cedrick Lang, Sr, F/C

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
3. (57) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 20-12, 12-6 Sun Belt

vs. Austin Peay, Saturday

@ Minnesota, November 22nd

None

Top Returners: T.J. Price, Sr, G, George Fant, Sr, F, Trency Jackson, Sr, G.

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
4. (51) Old Dominion Monarchs 18-18, 9-7 C-USA

vs. UNC-Wilmington, Saturday

vs. Richmond, November 18th

CBI Semifinals

Top Returners: Aaron Bactoe, Jr, G, Keenan Palmore, Jr. G, Richard Ross, Sr, F

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
5. (50) Charlotte 49ers 17-14, 7-9 C-USA

@ Elon, Sunday

vs. Penn State, November 20th

None

Top Returners: Pierria Henry, Sr, G, Wilile Clayton, Jr, F, Terrance Williams, Sr, G, Mike Thorne Jr., Jr, C

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
T6. (45) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 24-9, 13-3 C-USA

vs. Ohio Valley, Friday

vs. Murray State, November 18th

None

Top Returners: Reggie Upshaw Jr., So, F, Jaqawn Raymond, Jr, G

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
T6. (45) Southern Miss Golden Eagles 27-9, 13-3 C-USA

vs. William Carey, Friday

vs. South Alabama, November 17th

NIT Quarterfinals

Top Returners: Matt Bingaya, Fr, G, Jeremiah Eason, Sr, F, Chip Armelin, Sr, G

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
8. (32) UAB Blazers 18-13, 7-9 C-USA

vs. Lousiana-Monroe, Saturday

vs. Young Harris College, November 17th

None

Top Returners: C.J. Washington, Sr, F, Denzell Watts, So, G

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
9. (28) North Texas Mean Green 16-16, 6-10 C-USA

vs. ArkMonk, Friday

vs. Nicholls State, November 17th

None

Top Returners: Jordan Wiliams, Sr, G, Colin Voss, Sr, F

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
10. (23) Marshall Thundering Herd 11-22, 4-12 C-USA

vs. Jacksonville State, Friday

vs. Savannah State, Sunday

None

Top Returners: Ryan Taylor, So, F, Shawn Smith Sr, F

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
11. (22) Florida Atlantic Owls 10-22, 5-11 C-USA

@ Elon, Friday

vs. Warner Southern, November 17th

None

Top Returners: Marquan Botley, So, G, Justin Raffington, Sr, F, Jackson Trapp, Jr, G

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
12. (19) Florida International Golden Panthers 15-16, 7-9 C-USA

vs. Florida College, Friday

@ Stetson, November 18th

None

Top Returners: Dennis Mavin, Sr, G, Marco Porcher Jimenez, Sr, G, Cody Mann, Jr, G

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
13. (12) UTSA Roadrunners 8-22, 4-12 C-USA

vs. Huston-Tilloston, Friday

vs. UT-Pan American, November 17th

None

Top Returners: Keon Lewis, Sr, G, Phillip Jones, So, F, Jeromie Hill, Sr, F

Rank (Points) Team 2013-14 Record Upcoming Games 2013-14 Postseason
14. (6) Rice Owls 7-23, 2-14 C-USA

vs. Oregon State, Friday

vs. Prarie View, November 19th

None

Top Returners: Max Guercy, Sr, G, Seth Gearhart, Sr, F

Rush Awards

Preseason MVP: Julian Wasburn, UTEP

Defensive MVP: Kenneth Smith, LA Tech

Breakout Player: Ryan Taylor, Marshall

Top Newcomer: Erik McCree, LA Tech

All Newcomer Team

Omega Harris-UTEP

Lew Stallworth-UTEP

Erik McCree-LA Tech

Bernard Sullivan-Charlotte

Johnathan Arledge- Old Dominion

Top 10 C-USA Impact Players for 2014-15

10. Ryan Taylor, Marshall

9. Jordan Williams, North Texas

8. Alex Hamilton, LA Tech

7. Aaron Bacote, Old Dominion

6. Raheem Appleby, LA Tech

5. Pierria Henry, Charlotte

4, 3, 2, 1 revealed in the coming days