C-USA Scenarios: Both Divisions Up For Grabs
By Dan Harralson
The last week of the regular season is here for Conference USA teams and the C-USA East and West divisions still are up for grabs between five teams.
East Carolina travels to Huntington, W.Va., on Friday for a showdown with Marshall. Both tams are 6-1 in the conference and the winner will represent the East Division in the C-USA championship game.
The West Division is a bit more confusing if Rice loses to Tulane on Saturday. The Owls are 6-1 and will clinch the division with a victory, but if Rice goes down, Tulane and UTSA will be in contention for the division crown.
UTSA plays Louisiana Tech. A victory over the Bulldogs and a Rice loss will land Larry Coker's Roadrunners a C-USA championship game appearance.
A four-way tie will occur if Tulane defeats Rice, UTSA beats Tech and North Texas wins at Tulsa.
If you aren't already dizzy, don't forget the most unusual possibility of all: If UTSA were to win the West and then the conference championship, Larry Coker's squad could not play in the Liberty Bowl. The Roadrunners are still earning their full NCAA Division-I status and are not eligible for a bowl game as they continue to transition.
According to Conference USA's Twitter account, the conference championship game will kick off at noon ET on Dec. 7 and will air on ESPN2.