CFN Conference USA Preview 2019: The Biggest Surprise League

CFN Conference USA Preview 2019: The Biggest Surprise League

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CFN Conference USA Preview 2019: The Biggest Surprise League

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Game Of The Year

North Texas at Southern MIss, Oct. 12

UAB will be a factor in the West, but Southern Miss gets a week off before hosting the defending Conference USA champion, and North Texas gets it as home, too. In the middle of the season, both the Mean Green and Golden Eagles get a week off before the showdown, with a battle of high-octane offense vs. what should be the top defense. UNT rocked USM 30-7 last year to win three straight in the series.

5 Big-Time Players Who Deserve A Bigger Spotlight

Five players who have been a bit under the radar on a national level, but should rise up and be among the season’s stars.

1. LB Sage Lewis, Sr. FIU
2. RB Benny LeMay, Sr. Charlotte
3. S Ky’el Hemby, Jr. Southern Miss
4. WR Lucky Jackson, Sr. WKU
5. DE Jacques Turner, Jr. Southern Miss

5 Conference USA Coaches On The Hot Seat

It’s not necessarily about who’s about to get fired. Who has to win now to avoid getting yelled at, and who could use a very big season? Who has the most pressure to deal with?

1. Frank Wilson, UTSA
2. Mike Bloomgren, Rice
3. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion
4. Dana Dimel, UTEP
5. Jay Hopson, Southern Miss

5 Non-Conference Games Conference USA Opponents Have To Be Very, Very Worried About

They’re the landmine games. The Power Five programs should be good enough to win all five of these games, but …

1. Southern Miss at Mississippi State, Sept. 7
2. Duke at Middle Tennessee, Sept. 14
3. Old Dominion at Virginia Tech, Sept. 7
4. WKU vs. Louisville (in Nashville), Sept. 14
5. North Texas at Cal, Sept. 14

5 Best Pro Prospects

1. CB Amik Roberson, Jr. Louisiana Tech
2. S Reed Blankenship, Jr. Middle Tennessee
3. RB Spencer Brown, Jr. UAB
4. TE Harrison Bryant, Sr. Florida Atlantic
5. LB Khalil Brooks, Sr. Middle Tennessee

5 Biggest Shoes To Fill

1. DE Milton Williams for Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
2. RB BJ Emmons for Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
3. QB Asher O’Hara for Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
4. DE Marcus Haynes for Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
5. LB Mike Linehan for EJ Eliya, North Texas

Conference USA Team Previews, 5 Things To Know
East Charlotte | Florida Atlantic | FIU | Marshall
Middle Tennessee | Old Dominion | WKU
West Louisiana Tech | North Texas | Rice
Southern Miss | UAB | UTEP | UTSA

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