CSJ Conference Preview: Conference USA

College Sports Journal announces their 2018 Fearless Prediction for the Order of finish of Conference USA, the third of our Group of Five Conference previews.

C-USA had a landmark season by sending a league record nine teams to bowl games.  Florida Atlantic won the league last year and also won the Boca Raton Bowl.

Florida Atlantic looks to be the team to beat after its 2017 championship season and has won a FBS second best (UCF has 13) 10 wins in a row.  In its East Division, only Marshall and Middle Tennessee State look like teams that could challenge for the crown.

In the West Division, there really is not a clear-cut favorite but Louisiana Tech narrowly looks like the team to beat.  North Texas and Southern Miss seem almost on par with La Tech so this division will be interesting to see how it unfolds.

But with whichever team finds its way to the West Division, Florida Atlantic seems like the team that will come out in the C-USA title game with the championship.

For information and details on each school’s prospects for 2018, click on the links below.

East Division

  1. Florida Atlantic
  2. Marshall
  3. Middle Tennessee State
  4. Florida International
  5. Western Kentucky
  6. Old Dominion
  7. Charlotte

West Division

  1. Louisiana Tech
  2. North Texas
  3. Southern Miss
  4. UTSA
  5. UAB
  6. Rice
  7. UTEP

2018 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES PRESEASON AWARDS

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Devin Singletary, Jr., RB, Florida Atlantic

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr., LB, Florida Atlantic

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Parker Shaunfield, Sr., K, Southern Miss

OFFENSE
QB         Mason Fine, Jr., North Texas
QB         Brent Stockstill, Sr., Middle Tennessee
RB          Spencer Brown, So., UAB
RB          Devin Singletary, Jr., Florida Atlantic
OL          Reggie Bain, Sr., Florida Atlantic
OL          Chandler Brewer, Sr., Middle Tennessee
OL          Jordan Budwig, Sr., FIU
OL          Levi Brown, Jr., Marshall
OL          O’Shea Dugas, Sr., Louisiana Tech
TE          Harrison Bryant, Jr., Florida Atlantic
WR         Tyre Brady, Sr., Marshall
WR         Jalen Guyton, Sr., North Texas
WR         Ty Lee, Jr., Middle Tennessee
WR         Teddy Veal, Sr., Louisiana Tech

DEFENSE
DL          Jaylon Ferguson, So., Louisiana Tech
DL          Fermin Silva, Sr., FIU
DL          Kevin Strong, Jr., Sr., UTSA
DL          Oshane Ximines, Jr., Old Dominion
LB          Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr., Florida Atlantic
LB          Khalil Brooks, Jr., Middle Tennessee
LB          Chase Hancock, Sr., Marshall
LB          Josiah Tauaefa, Jr., UTSA
DB          Ben DeLuca, Jr., Charlotte
DB          Malik Gant, Jr., Marshall
DB          Shelton Lewis, Sr., Florida Atlantic
DB          Amik Robertson, So., Louisiana Tech
DB          Jalen Young, Sr., Florida Atlantic

SPECIAL TEAMS
K            Parker Shaunfield, Sr., Southern Miss
P            Jack Fox, Sr., Rice
KR          Isaiah Harper, Sr., Old Dominion
PR          Darrell Brown, Jr., Old Dominion
LS          Matt Beardall, Jr., Marshall

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