NCAA Bowl Projections, Part Six: Conference USA

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NCAA Bowl Projections, Part Six: Conference USA

We reach the true halfway point of the Bowl Projection Series with the conference that had early dreams of crashing the BCS: Conference USA.

While C-USA doesn’t get much love, it has maintained two or three very good teams every year and has pulled some upsets—most notably East Carolina’s hot start against Virginia Tech and West Virginia in 2008.

Ironically enough, the Pirates are also one of only four teams to defeat Boise State in the last four years (for trivia purposes, the others are TCU, Hawaii and Washington).

This year, Houston had early hopes of being a BCS Buster, but a loss to UTEP quelled that rebellion. Other happenings saw East Carolina have another solid season, SMU become bowl-eligible for the first time since receiving the “Death Penalty”, and Rice go from 10-2 upstart to 2-10 also-ran.

C-USA has five bowl tie-ins (plus two contingency slots) and six eligible teams, so the only mystery is really whether or not Marshall will go bowling at 6-6.

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