The preseason votes are in and Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky are the favorites to win the Conference USA football championship with Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Rice and UTEP also in the mix.
- ASN'S EXPERT: Louisiana Tech, with Florida transfer Jeff Driskel at quarterback, is J.C. Pearson's pick to win Conference USA's West Division and meet Western Kentucky and quarterback Brandon Doughty — the conference's offensive preseason player of the year — in the conference championship game.
- MEDIA: Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky were also the picks the Conference USA media poll.
- FANS: Marshall and Louisiana Tech received the most votes in ASN's online survey.
MTSU plays Louisiana Tech on Oct. 24, one of 30 C-USA games that will be televised on ASN. And while UAB takes a one-year hiatus from football, the conference welcomes Charlotte, though the 49ers will not be eligible this season for one of C-USA's seven guaranteed spots in postseason bowls.
C-USA's Football Media Day is July 22 at ASN studios in West Palm Beach. Keep an eye out here, on Facebook and Twitter for a behind-the-scenes look at the event.
Top row from left: Middle Tennessee's Austin Grammer (above, MTSU Athletics), UTEP's Aaron Jones (below, UTEP Athletics), Rice's Driphus Jackson (Rice Athletics), Marshall's Devon Johnson (Marshall Athletics), Charlotte's Austin Duke (Charlotte Athletics), Jonnu Smith (above), Lousiana Tech's Jeff Driskel (Lousiana Tech Athletics)
Bottom row from left: UTSA's Larry Coker (UTSA Athletics), Florida Atlantic's Jaquez Johnson (above, FAU Athletics), Old Dominion's Ray Lawry (ODU Athletics), Carlos Harris of North Texas (above, UNT Athletics), Western Kentucky's Leon Allen (below, WKU Athletics), Nick Mullens of Southern Miss (USM Athletics)