CFN Conference USA Future Win Total Lines: 2019 Spring Projections

CFN Conference USA Future Win Total Lines: 2019 Spring Projections

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CFN Conference USA Future Win Total Lines: 2019 Spring Projections

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With spring ball rolling, how do the win totals look for all of the Conference USA teams? Here’s where the bar should be set … for now.

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Just how good are all of the Conference USA teams? There are still plenty of injuries, suspensions, and depth chart changes to come over the next several months, but here’s the first look.

Based off of the schedules, timing of the big games, and the talent coming back, here’s around where the win total futures should be set.

The win total line projections are based on the regular season – bowl games or conference championships don’t count. And remember, this is a cold business. The investment market will set the line as the offseason goes on.

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Charlotte 49ers

New head man Will Healy has a nice team coming back, with eight starters returning on an offense that also brings in USF transfer Brett Kean, and the defense has upside with eight starters back.

With road games at Clemson, Appalachian State, and FIU, there are a few tough battles, but it’s not a bad slate overall. The real problem will be the league’s improvement – there’s a problem is Florida Atlantic and Old Dominion improve. Getting to five wins again shouldn’t be a problem. It’s that sixth that’s going to be a fight.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 5
2018 Record: 5-7
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Florida Atlantic Owls

The Owls should bounce back from a mediocre 2018 with a stronger passing game and just enough talent to push for a winning season. There are big holes to fill, but Lane Kiffin has put together a solid team that should be somewhere in between the great 2017 season and last year’s version.

They’ll almost certainly lose at Ohio State and against UCF, but they should be in the mix against everyone else. They can and should win at least eight of their last ten games.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 8
2018 Record: 5-7
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Florida International Golden Panthers

Butch Davis has a great team returning with QB James Morgan leading a veteran offense with almost all of the top receivers returning. The defense gets back eight starts and should be better and more consistent.

The Miami game is the one killer, but that’s late in the season – the Canes might not be ultra-focused – and it’s coming after a week off. There are just enough road dates to and tough conference battles to drop a few games, but the regular season mark of eight wins from last year is about right.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 8
2018 Record: 9-4
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Marshall Thundering Herd

It’s a really, really good team returning with a strong offensive backfield and four starters back on the line. The defensive front, though, has to replace just about everyone in the front six, but all five starters are back in the secondary.

There’s a trip to Boise State, but that’s it for the nasty road games, and there aren’t any dates against Power Five programs. However, playing Cincinnati will be tough, and going to Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic won’t be easy.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 8.5
2018 Record: 9-4
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

The Blue Raiders lose longtime quarterback Brent Stockstill and a slew of the key receivers, and three starters are done up front. The defensive side takes an even bigger hit with six starters gone.

This will be a good team in time, but it’ll be a fight. The Duke game is at home, but that along with trips to Michigan and Iowa will likely make for a rough start. In all, six of the first eight games against bowl teams from last year, and one of the others is at Florida Atlantic.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 6.5
2018 Record: 8-6
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

Old Dominion Monarchs

The Monarchs have some nice parts, but have some work to do under head man Bobby Wilder. Michigan State transfer Messiah deWeaver will help the quarterback situation, but the receivers have to emerge with most of the pieces gone. The D has to replace all three safeties as well as the defensive ends.

Going to Virginia and Virginia Tech is a problem early on – especially after that win over the Hokies last year – and going on the road to Marshall, UAB, FIU and Middle Tennessee won’t be easy for a defense that has to be a whole lot stronger.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 4.5
2018 Record: 4-8
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

WKU Hilltoppers

New head coach Tyson Helton gets back a ton of experience on offense with everyone returning on the line, all the top receivers, and the backfield that’s good enough for the attack to be aw hole lot stronger. Getting back seven starters on D doesn’t hurt, either.

The Power Five games are against Louisville and at Arkansas, but there are more than enough winnable games to bounce back in a hurry and flirt with six games and a bowl.

CFN Early Spring Win Total Line Projection: 5
2018 Record: 3-9
Schedule Breakdown & Analysis

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