WKU and Louisiana Tech played a record-breaking Conference USA Championship Game last December and the league’s media are forecasting a rematch, as the Hilltoppers were picked to win their third straight East Division title, while Louisiana Tech was selected to repeat as West Division champions in a preseason vote conducted by a panel of media members that cover C-USA schools.
UTEP was picked six in the west division ahead of UAB, and behind Rice, North Texas, Southern Miss, UTSA, and LA Tech. UTEP finished 2-6 in C-USA play, finishing in 5th place in 2016.
The 13th annual Conference USA Football Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West Divisions, will be held Saturday, Dec. 2. The 2017 C-USA Football season kicks off Thursday, Aug. 31.
C-USA MEDIA MEMBERS PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. WKU (20)
2. Middle Tennessee (4)
3. Old Dominion (3)
4. Marshall (1)
5. Florida Atlantic
1. Louisiana Tech (20)
2. UTSA (7)
3. Southern Miss (1)
4. North Texas
(first place votes in parentheses)