Top 5 Best C-USA Football Games of 2011 (With Predictions)
Now, Conference USA, which just wrapped up its media days in Memphis, gets a similar treatment.
Houston, thanks to the return of QB Case Keenum, is all over this list. One of the favorites of the East (Central Florida) and another one from the West (SMU) also show face.
UTEP and Memphis, for obvious reasons, do not.
5. Houston vs. Rice, October 27
Rice RB Sam McGuffie
The Cougars, if all goes well, could boast a pretty good record by the time this Thursday-night game rolls around. Folks shouldn't sleep on Rice, who returns 15 starters, including leading rusher Sam McGuffie. However, UH's unstoppable offensive attack is too much for those poor little Owls. Rice fans should start drowning their sorrows at Valhalla now.
Prediction: UH 48, Rice 34
4. SMU at Texas A&M, September 4
When big stuff is expected of the Aggies, they usually screw the pooch. This season, A&M is slotted to finish in the top three of the new Big 12, which means this will be one of week one's trendy upset picks. It's not going to happen. The Mustangs' run 'n' shoot offense keeps the game close for a while, but turnovers and penalties ultimately do them in.
Prediction: A&M 32, SMU 20