Conference USA Media Pick Houston, East Carolina

Houston and East Carolina are predicted to be runaway winners of Conference USA divisions this fall.

But when it comes to picking who will win the league championship game, the Cougars and the Pirates could hardly be any closer.
Media members who cover C-USA football on a regular basis narrowly tabbed Houston to take the title by a razor-thin 11-10 margin over East Carolina.

What makes it even more interesting is that the Cougars and the Pirates don’t meet in the regular season, meaning they could come into the Dec. 5 championship game unbeaten in league play.

Southern Miss (2) and Tulsa (1) received the only other championship votes from the 24-member panel made of up of one writer and one broadcaster representing each of the 12 conference teams.

As for the division races, Houston received 22 of 24 first-place votes to win the West ahead of defending champion Tulsa and East Carolina, last year’s East Division and title game winner, received 20 of 24 first-place nods. Southern Miss was tabbed to finish second.

In the East, Memphis was picked third, followed by Central Florida, Marshall and UAB. Texas-El Paso was picked third in the West followed by Rice, Southern Methodist and Tulane.

Conference USA
Predicted Order of Finish
As selected by league media members
(First place votes in parenthesis)
East Division

1. East Carolina (20) 138
2. Southern Miss (4) 122
3. Memphis 78
4. Central Florida 72
5. Marshall 57
6. UAB 37

West Division
1. Houston (22) 142
2. Tulsa (2) 113
3. UTEP 96
4. Rice 63
5. SMU 54
6. Tulane 36
Six points were given for a first-place vote, five for second, etc.
Overall Champion – Houston

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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Aug 17, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    Pay no mind to JD -- he was probably denied admission to ECU, which is where all the hate is coming from. Um, JD, sweetie, last time I checked, Houston is in the same conference as ECU, and looking at both school's schedules, excluding the nonconference, we play the same opponents this year except for one. And Houston has only 2 noteworthy nonconference games, whereas we have 3 (four if you want to include App State). So why don't you study the schedules instead of talking out of your you know what about something you have no knowledge of.
  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Aug 7, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    JD, if you knew anything about college football, you would realize that everybody recognizes ECU as having one of the toughest out of conference schedules in the nation. also, next year we start a series with south carolina which is from what conference?...the SEC...WOW! tell me who's scared again?
  • by pirate bob Location: wilson on Aug 7, 2009 at 03:53 AM
    JDL--your negative comments are not only ignorant sounding but out of place. Maybe your place should be Chapel hILL OR rALEIGH. iM PROUD TO BE A PIRATE---AAAAAARRRRGGGHHH
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Aug 5, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    Sorry to disappoint you JD but ECU has played SEC teams in the past and has signed an agreement to play South Carolina in the future.Its ok to throw out random hate but please try to research what you throw out.To say that ECU plays a weak OOC when they consistantly play VT and WV is just ignorant.
  • by JDLadd Location: My pad on Jul 31, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    ECU is too scared to play a team from the SEC, Big 10, or Big 12.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 31, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    JDLadd, ECU played and beat the ACC Champ last year, we also killed West Virgina. I question the game against App State but looking forward to it every year. ECU was the first in this conference to come in with the we play anybody, anytime, anywhere attitude and others in CUSA have followed. This is what every team in the conference needs to do, play BCS teams.
  • by JDLadd on Jul 27, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    I'm sure that the rest of the people in this country who root for teams in REAL conferences really give a hoot about CUSA.
  • by JDLadd on Jul 25, 2009 at 09:49 PM
    That's what I like to see, Houston playing VERY GOOD TEAMS like Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. ECU plays a terrible out of conference schedule year in and year out.
  • by CTC Location: Houston on Jul 25, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    Houston will be much much better this year. We were a hurricane away from a 9-3 regular season last year, and all our skill players are back for more offensive craziness. The defense should be much improved, and really the biggest question mark is at 2nd string D-line. Look for a special year, especially if they can beat (16)Texas Tech and (12)Okie State right out of the gate.
  • by 0BX_PIR8 Location: OBX on Jul 25, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    Our Pirates will have a great defense, but the offense and playcalling is still a question mark. Will ECU be ready to put games away this year? Time will tell... I still remember the Houston game, and the Southern Miss games from last year when we had zero offense and the kids in the stands were correctly predicting ECU's offensive plays. Hopefully, we show up every game this year and prove you guys right
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