Conference Breakdown: Conference USA

5 things to know about Conference USA

Biggest game: Marshall at Western Kentucky, November 27

Player to always watch: WKU triggerman Brandon Doughty is the country's most efficient returning QB

Team nobody wants to play: Old Dominion

Coach who really needs wins: Dan McCarney, North Texas

Don't be surprised if ... UTEP slugs its way to the C-USA West title.

Bill Connelly's Power Rankings

Tier 1

Western Kentucky

Expect the best season in school history.

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Marshall

The Herd are as dangerous as ever, but also more vulnerable.

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Tier 2

Louisiana Tech

The Bulldogs will be exciting again ... with more of the wrong kind of excitement.

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Rice

I trust the Owls to overcome losses, and that's pretty amazing.

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Middle Tennessee

Here's your Conference USA dark horse.

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Tier 3

Old Dominion

SHOOTOUTS INBOUND

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UTEP

There's power in having an identity. The Miners' identity is, well, power.

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Florida Atlantic

FAU's building a raw talent advantage. When will that mean wins?

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Florida International

So ... um ... Ron Turner might actually be good at this.

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Southern Miss

It's a long road back from one of the worst collapses in football history.

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North Texas

A rough 2014 forged an experienced Mean Green.

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Tier 4

UTSA

The Roadrunners' first-ever rebuild is a major one.

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Charlotte

Welcome this year's FBS rookie, which should put up a lot of points.

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Tier 5