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RE: CUSA 2017-18 Season
In my opinion, CUSA will be stronger in football by far in comparison to the last 2-3 seasons.

I see the east with the most upshot right now. The teams I have down that will be eligible to play postseason...

WKU
MTSU
ODU
La Tech
UTSA
UNT
FAU or FIU


Wild Cards...

FIU or FAU
Marshall
UAB
USM


Ok, that seems a bit bold but all of the teams mentioned have huge upsides going into this season and since we've been members, I haven't seen this much potential in the preseason ever. Reasons for thinking this...

CUSA East

WKU - Mike White and whoever he throws to.
ODU - Great Coach and seasoned team.
MT- Brent Stockstill and Richie James.
FIU - Butch Davis
FAU - Lane Kiffin and Baylor's OC
Marshall - Had a rough year but they have talent and a good QB.

CUSA West

La Tech - Come on. They are reloading at this point. Good at QB, WR, and OL. Best in the West
UTSA - Good coach. Solid run game and good D.
UNT - Good Coach. Solid D and smart offensive game planning.
USM - They are gonna compete. Plain and simple.
UAB - They may lose a step from 2014 but Bill Clark is great and they have been licking their chops. They could also take huge steps forward.
07-01-2017 05:13 PM
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RE: CUSA 2017-18 Season
I think C-USA will play the best overall football among the G5s. I really think C-USA will have 7 or 8 bowl teams this season.

Teams I expect to be bowling...

LA Tech
Middle Tennessee
WKU
Southern Miss
North Texas
UTSA
ODU
maybe Marshall

In basketball, I think C-USA will be better. Can't get much worse... But, still just a 1 bid league.
07-01-2017 06:47 PM
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RE: CUSA 2017-18 Season
Interesting article on our last five conference champs and a little look into this year's competitors. I'm beginning to think that FAU could be a real threat to take it all this year.

http://coachingsearch.com/article?a=Stud...Bo.twitter
07-03-2017 02:01 PM
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RE: CUSA 2017-18 Season
(06-29-2017 02:48 PM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  I think there is an outside chance our football team surprises some folks but I highly doubt we will get any significant OOC wins. If we struggle, we'll probably be looking for a new coach at the end of 2017.

In men's basketball, our exodus of players will hurt, but again we won't be as bad as some people think. We actually recruited pretty decent after a late start, and I don't think people realize that the 6 guys coming back have some ability.

Happy to see you post this. I hope that James Harden doubles down in his visible support of Scott Pera's team, and that with Chris Paul also a Rocket, some of the Rockets buzz can rub off on the Owls.

And football. Maybe Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart is a Magic Man, and a little defense goes a long way in C-USA West. We'll all get a first look on the ESPN national broadcast of the Sydney game. If not, I agree that Bailiff is gone, and we get to see the Administration commitment to football demonstrated in whoever we hire. With Bobby Tudor now Chair of the Board of Trustees, I would expect a very splashy football hire.
07-03-2017 04:31 PM
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RE: CUSA 2017-18 Season
(06-29-2017 02:48 PM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  I think there is an outside chance our football team surprises some folks but I highly doubt we will get any significant OOC wins. If we struggle, we'll probably be looking for a new coach at the end of 2017.

In men's basketball, our exodus of players will hurt, but again we won't be as bad as some people think. We actually recruited pretty decent after a late start, and I don't think people realize that the 6 guys coming back have some ability.

Not that it matters a ton to many, but our women's basketball team will be very good. That's the sport I could see us upsetting top-25 teams in.

Generally agree.
07-03-2017 11:47 PM
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RE: CUSA 2017-18 Season
USM is picked by many publications to contend for west title, so I'm surprised how many here are not penciling them in for a bowl game.
07-07-2017 08:40 PM
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