Conference USA Articles

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football
The 2017 college football season is just around the corner, and it’s time to honor the best of the best for the upcoming year. The 2017 season features plenty of big names returning to the gridiron, including a standout group of...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Alvin Jones, UTEP Football
Things have not gone well for UTEP head coach Sean Kugler, who has led his alma mater to an 18-31 record in his first four seasons. He does have quite a bit of experience to work with this fall, but also must replace the program’s all-time...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Emmanuel Ellerbee, Rice Football
Rice has enjoyed success during David Bailiff’s decade-long tenure, but the Owls have seen their win total drop in successive seasons. After going 3-9 in 2016, Bailiff decided a change was needed on defense, as he brought in a new coordinator...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Herschel Walker, Georgia Football
The inaugural edition of Athlon Sports was published in 1967, the same year that a running back named O.J. Simpson led the USC Trojans to the national championship. As we celebrate 50 years of covering the sport, we thought it would be fun to take...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Alex Gardner, FIU Football
For the first time since 2010, Butch Davis will return to the sidelines as FIU’s new head coach. The Panthers went 4-8 last season but did finish .500 in Conference USA games. Davis is a veteran coach who is returning to his Florida roots,...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Kishawn McClain, North Texas Football
North Texas improved its win total by four games going 5-8 in head coach Seth Littrell’s debut, and wound up in a bowl game thanks to the team’s APR scores. Now with a contract extension in hand, what do Littrell and the Mean Green have...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Chase Litton, Marshall Football
After winning 33 games and going 3-0 in bowls from 2013-15, the bottom dropped out for Marshall as the Thundering Herd stumbled to 3-9 last season. A combination of injuries, a lack of offense and little defense saw Doc Holliday’s team put...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic Football
Regardless of how many games Florida Atlantic wins this season all eyes will be on the Owls with Lane Kiffin as head coach. Kiffin has made his return a family affair while also bringing in an offensive coordinator who is no stranger to controversy...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Josiah Tauaefa, UTSA Football
Frank Wilson made quite the splash with UTSA in his debut season, leading the Roadrunners to their first bowl game. This team is positioned to take yet another step forward this fall with 13 starters returning. If the offensive line can improve,...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Ito Smith, Southern Miss Football
Southern Miss was expected to contend for a Conference USA championship last season, but instead had to win its last two games to finish above .500. This season will be one of transition for head coach Jay Hopson, who will be breaking in a new...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Ray Lawry, Old Dominion Football
Old Dominion didn’t win a division title, but still racked up 10 wins in 2016 including a season-ending one over Eastern Michigan in the Bahamas Bowl. The Monarchs bring back 15 starters so they should be in the mix in Conference USA’s...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee Football
Middle Tennessee’s father-son, head coach-quarterback combination should produce plenty of points for the Blue Raiders. While the running game is a question mark, there are weapons galore for MTSU to have one of the nation’s most potent...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Mike White, WKU Football
Jeff Brohm left for Purdue so WKU has turned to former offensive coordinator Mike Sanford to keep things going. The Hilltoppers are the defending Conference USA champions and are a threat to repeat. Sanford’s offense is set at quarterback but...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Jarred Craft, Louisiana Tech Football
Louisiana Tech has won the Conference USA West Division two out of the past three seasons under head coach Skip Holtz. The Bulldogs have done so by and large thanks to a potent offense. Quarterback turnover hasn’t disrupted the offense’...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Dabo Swinney
Predictions for any FBS conference and all 130 college football teams are an inexact science. Some teams are just a bigger mystery than others or a hard program to get a read on for the upcoming year. Coaching changes, transfers, players returning...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
NCAA Top 25 Quarterback Rankings
In recent weeks we've seen some of last season's top quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft, while others set out preparing for the college football season ahead. To help you better understand this year's...
Juan Jose Rodriguez
2 months ago
Brent Stockstill, MTSU Football
WKU has claimed back-to-back Conference USA titles, so it should be no surprise the Hilltoppers lead the way in selections for the 2017 All-Conference USA team. New coach Mike Sanford inherits a strong foundation, as WKU places 15 players –...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Skip Holtz
Conference USA has seen its share of changes in the head coaching and membership ranks over the last 10 seasons. The league has been a stepping stone for a handful of coaches to Power 5 jobs, but the names at the top of the rankings for 2017 -...
Steven Lassan
3 months ago
Sam Darnold
With the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it's time to take an early look at 2018 and some of the top prospects on the radar for pro scouts. Although USC quarterback Sam Darnold has just 10 career starts, the sophomore ranks as the No. 1 player in...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Lamar Jackson
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy...
Steven Lassan
4 months ago
Deondre Francois
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one...
Steven Lassan
5 months ago
Mark Dantonio
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all...
Athlon Sports
5 months ago
Nick Saban
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Jarrett Stidham
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago
Dabo Swinney
With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit...
Steven Lassan
6 months ago

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