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Tulsa, ECU picked atop the Conference USA preseason poll

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

With Cody Green back, Tulsa was a unanimous coaches' pick to win the West Division. (USATSI)
With Cody Green back, Tulsa was a unanimous coaches' pick to win the West Division. (USATSI)

Tulsa 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 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, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas and UT-San Antonio. Of the new teams, only Middle Tennessee received a first-place vote.

Please check out the full voting breakdown below.

EAST DIVISION

1. East Carolina (11) -- 95

2. Marshall (2) -- 82

3. Middle Tennessee (1) -- 70

4. UAB -- 54

5. Southern Miss -- 40

6. Florida Atlantic-- 28

7. Florida International -- 23

WEST DIVISION

1. Tulsa (14) -- 98

2. Rice -- 76

3. Louisiana Tech -- 72

4. UTEP -- 46

5. North Texas -- 39

6. Tulane -- 31

7. UTSA -- 30

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