1. SOUTHERN MISS WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Really, can the offense be just a wee bit better? Last season it did enough to get to six wins by not getting in the defense’s way.
Really, can the defense do that again? Yeah, even with a slew of key losses, there’s still a base of terrific players to work around and be among the best Ds in Conference USA again.
Just about everyone is back on offense – with a big exception at receiver depending on the status of Quez Watkins – and the other side will keep the All-Conference USA teams packed with Golden Eagles, but …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 7
Last year’s schedule was a walk in the park compared to what’s coming.
USM wasn’t able to get by ULM, stumbled at Charlotte, and beat a whole lot of fluff around the two good wins against Marshall and Louisiana Tech.
There’s still UTEP and Rice to face, and there shouldn’t be problems with UTSA and WKU if the Golden Eagles are really good enough to think about winning the West.
Getting the massive games against North Texas and UAB at home is a huge boost, especially considering there’s a week off to get ready for each showdown.
However, there’s also a trip to Mississippi State, andto Louisiana Tech, and to an improved Florida Atlantic, and against a good Troy team, and against some Alabama team.
USM will lose the two SEC road games – but put up a decent fight – will drop at least one game it really, really shouldn’t – watch out for the trip to UTSA – and will misfire just enough to be a wee bit of a disappointment considering this should be one of Conference USA’s best teams.