Tulsa, ECU picked atop the Conference USA preseason poll
Conference USA conducted a coaches' poll for the 2013 season. Tulsa was the unanimous pick to win the West Division while East Carolina collected 11 of the 14 votes for the East Division.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane is the unanimous pick to return to the Conference USA Championship Game, according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches.
The Golden Hurricane returns 10 starters from last year's Conference USA title team, including quarterback Cody Green and 1,000-yard running back Trey Watts . Tulsa collected all 14 first-place votes for the West Division, while East Carolina Pirates received 11 first-place votes to finish atop the East Division in the balloting. The Pirates finished tied for first place in the division in 2012, losing the head-to-head tiebreaker to UCF.
This season will mark the first year of Conference USA play for Florida Atlantic Owls , Florida International Golden Panthers , Louisiana Tech Bulldogs , Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders , North Texas Mean Green and Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners . Of the new teams, only Middle Tennessee received a first-place vote.
Please check out the full voting breakdown below.
1. East Carolina (11) -- 95
2. Marshall Thundering Herd (2) -- 82
3. Middle Tennessee (1) -- 70
4. UAB Blazers -- 54
5. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles -- 40
6. Florida Atlantic-- 28
7. Florida International -- 23
1. Tulsa (14) -- 98
2. Rice Owls -- 76
3. Louisiana Tech -- 72
4. Texas-El Paso Miners -- 46
5. North Texas -- 39
6. Tulane Green Wave -- 31
7. UTSA -- 30
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