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Week One Conference USA Power Rankings, And More!

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A new addition to the Power Rankings as blogs across America unite.

Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

This week I bring you a new format to our World Famous Weekly C-USA Power Rankings.

We will still bring you who we think are the creme de la creme each week, though now we are submitting our rankings as a ballot to our SB Nation bros over at Underdog Dynasty, combined with blogs and writers, from UTSA, Old Dominion, Marshall, LA Tech, North Texas.

Here is how we voted, and how everyone else did.

MinerRush Power Rankings Week One

1. Marshall Thundering Herd Record: 1-0, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: vs. Rhode Island, Saturday

Last Week: W 42-27 @ Miami (OH)

Last Week's Ranking: #1

2. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Record: 1-0, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: @ Minnesota, Saturday

Last Week: W 61-7 vs. Savannah State

Last Week's Ranking: #2

3. UTSA Roadruners Record: 1-0, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: vs Arizona, Thursday (Fox Sports 1)

Last Week: W 27-7 @ Houston

Last Week's Ranking: #4

4. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Record: 1-0, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: @ Illinois, Saturday

Last Week: W 59-31 vs. Bowling Green

Last Week's Ranking #6

5. Rice Owls Record: 0-1, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: Bye

Last Week: L 48-17 @ Notre Dame

Last Week's Rankings: 3

6. North Texas Mean Green Record: 0-1, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: vs. SMU, Saturday

Last Week: L 38-7 @ Texas

Last Week's Rankings: #5

7. UTEP Miners Record: 1-0, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday

Last Week: W 31-24 @ New Mexico

Last Week's Rankings: #10

8. Florida Atlantic Owls 2013 Record: 0-1, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: @ Alabama, Saturday

Last Week: L 55-7 @ Nebraska

Last Week's Ranking: #7

9. UAB Blazers Record: 1-0, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: @ Mississippi State, Saturday

Last Week: W 48-10 vs. Troy

Last Week's Rankings: #11

10. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Record: 0-1, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: @ Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday

Last Week: L 48-16 @ Oklahoma

Last Week's Rankings: #8

11. Old Dominion Monarchs Record: 1-0, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: @ NC State, Saturday

Last Week: W 41-28 vs. Hampton

Last Week's Rankings: #9

12. Southern Miss. Golden Eagles Record: 0-1, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: vs. Alcorn State, Saturday

Last Week: L 49-0 @ Mississippi State

Last Week's Rankings: #12

13. Florida International Panthers Record: 0-1, 0-0 C-USA

This Week: vs. Wagner, Saturday

Last Week: L 14-12 vs. Bethune-Cookman

Last Week's Rankings: #13


Blogs of the C-USA Power Rankings

#1 Marshall
#2 UTSA
#3 Western Kentucky
#4 Middle Tennessee
#5 North Texas
#6 Rice
#7 UTEP
#8 UAB
#9 Louisiana Tech
#10 Old Dominion
#11 FAU
#12 Southern Miss.
#13 FIU

MinerRush Weekly Awards

Offensive Player of The Week: Aaron Jones, UTEP

Defensive Player of The Week: Entire UTSA Defense

Special Teams Player of The Week: Entire UTEP Special Teams Unit

Since last season I have been voting in the now called Underdog Poll that was started by the Hustle Belt and is now featured every week on SB Nation.

It's a poll ranking the top fifteen teams from AAC, C-USA Sun Belt, Mountain West, MAC, Navy, Army,  BYU and Bethune-Cookman.

Here was my ballot for this week:

#1 Marshall
#2 Cincinnati
#3 BYU
#4 UCF
#5 Boise State
#6 Northern Illinois
#7 East Carolina
#8 Louisiana-Lafayette
#9 San Diego State
#10 Middle Tennessee
#11 UTSA
#12 Toledo
#13 Houston
#14 Utah State
#15 Western Kentucky

Here is the final poll posted on the dot.com, notice UTEP is not on my ballot, people showing a little respect for the road win.

RANK TEAM POINTS PREVIOUS
1 BYU (6) 254 5
2 Marshall (9) 236 1
3 Cincinnati (2) 194 4
4 UCF 184 3
5 ECU (1) 178 12
6 Louisiana-Lafayette 153 8
7 NIU 129 10
8 UTSA 120 NR
9 WKU 115 NR
10 Boise State 112 2
11 Colorado State 78 NR
12 Navy 72 13
13 Toledo 69 15
14 SDSU 60 14
15 Temple (1) 57 NR
DROPPED OUT: Houston, Bowling Green, Utah State, Fresno StateOTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Utah State (44), Tulsa (26), Fresno State (23), Houston (18), Ball State (17), Arkansas State (15), Nevada (13), Louisiana-Monroe (13), Bowling Green (12), UTEP (10), San Jose State (7), Middle Tennessee (6), Ohio (5), Rice (4), Akron (3), Memphis (3), Georgia Southern (2), UAAB (2), Wyoming (2).

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