Conference USA announced a new set of divisions that will be in place for one season, as the league welcomes six new teams in FAU, FIU, Louisiana Tech, MTSU, North Texas, and UTSA.
The Conference USA has announced the tweaks to its divisions for the 2013 football season, as well as the league schedule for the conference's 14 teams.
With UCF, SMU, Memphis, and Houston leaving the league -- but FAU, FIU, Louisiana Tech, MTSU, North Texas, and University of Texas at San Antonio entering -- the league needed to revamp its pre-existing divisions. However, with Tulane and East Carolina leaving after this season, it's just a one-year setup. Here's how the seven-team divisions look:
Middle Tennessee State
It's a pretty similar set-up to last year: each division lost two teams, but gains three more, with new additions FAU, FIU and MTSU going into the East, while Louisiana Tech, North Texas, and UTSA joining the West. Six of seven West division titles had been won by Tulsa or the now-departed Houston, so Louisiana Tech -- who had the top offense in the nation last year -- will have a good shot at winning. On the other side, last year's division winners, UCF, are gone, and East Carolina leaves next year, so it could get wide open.
The divisions will be slightly complicated next year: one team from each division leaves in East Carolina and Tulane, and the East will get Old Dominion.
Here's how the league schedules for each team break down, from the C-USA press release. Each team plays the other six teams from its division, in addition to two from the other.
HOME - FAU, Southern Miss, Tulsa, UAB
AWAY - at FIU, at Marshall, at Middle Tennessee, at Tulane
HOME - FIU, Marshall Middle Tennessee, Tulane
AWAY - at East Carolina, at Rice, at Southern Miss, at UAB
HOME - East Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, UAB
AWAY - at FAU, at Middle Tennessee, at Southern Miss, at UTEP
HOME - North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa
AWAY - at FIU, at Rice, at UTEP, at UTSA
HOME - East Carolina, Southern Miss, UAB, UTSA
AWAY - at FAU, at FIU, at Middle Tennessee, at Tulsa
HOME - East Carolina, FIU, Marshall, UTEP
AWAY - at FAU, at North Texas, at Southern Miss, at UAB
HOME - Middle Tennessee, Rice, UTEP, UTSA
AWAY - at Louisiana Tech, at Southern Miss, at Tulane, at Tulsa
HOME - FAU, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, UTEP
AWAY - at North Texas, at Tulsa, at UAB, at UTSA
HOME - FAU, FIU, Middle Tennessee, North Texas
AWAY - at East Carolina, at Louisiana Tech, at Marshall, at UAB
HOME - East Carolina, North Texas, Tulsa, UTEP
AWAY - at FAU, at Louisiana Tech, at Rice, at UTSA
HOME - Marshall, North Texas, Rice, UTSA
AWAY - at East Carolina, at Louisiana Tech, at Tulane, at UTEP
HOME - FAU, Middle Tennessee, Rice, Southern Miss
AWAY - at East Carolina, at FIU, at Marshall, at UTSA
HOME - FIU, Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, UTSA
AWAY - at Middle Tennessee, at North Texas, at Rice, at Tulane
HOME - Louisiana Tech, Rice, Tulane, UAB
AWAY - at Marshall, at North Texas, at Tulsa, at UTEP