Connelly’s C-USA preview, part 2: Which returning teams could rule new-look league?

In 27 seasons, Conference USA has produced 29 champions or co-champions. The nine current members of the conference make…two of them. Western Kentucky won in 2015 and 2016. That’s the whole list.

C-USA is college football’s ultimate way station, a stopover on the way up or down the football ladder, but temporary home or not, it’s typically a conference full of variety and lots of intense games. There is nothing wrong with that, and there is no reason to think that 2023 will be anything else.

SP+ predicts four teams with a 0.8 margin of conference wins at the top of the league, and the diversity of approaches is pretty obvious. Tyson Helton of WKU made his team a league favorite by choosing to broadcast football. Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Cambi doesn’t mind vertical movement, Middle Tennessee’s Rick Stocksteel has saved his job a few times with relentless horizontal passing play, and UTEP’s Dana Dimel just wants to push you. Mike McIntyre of Florida International? His approach has changed from time to time, but he’s won 10 games in Colorado State and San Jose – he’s fearless and willing to try anything.

Last week we announced four C-USA rookies; this time let’s look at the survivals.

Each week during the off-season, Bill Connelly will announce another division from Group of 5 and Power 5 exclusively to Sportzshala+, including all 133 FBS teams. The previews will include breakdowns for 2022, previews for 2023, and live questions for each team.

Previous previews: Conference USA (Rookies)


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