2007 Conference USA Preview

Football odds players know that the 2007 Conference USA race should be exciting although none of the teams in the conference will make a major splash in the national rankings.

Football odds players think that Southern Mississippi is probably the favorite to win the league this season but other teams have a chance. Football odds players believe that East Carolina continues to improve and beat Southern Miss last year. College football odds players know that Marshall and Central Florida are capable of springing upsets and can challenge. Football odds players believe that the West side of Conference USA should go to the wire. Football odds fans know that Tulsa has quarterback Paul Smith returning but they lose their head coach Steve Kragthorpe who went to Louisville. College football betting players see that Houston is the defending champ but loses quarterback Kevin Kolb and their top back and receiver. NCAA Football odds players believe that SMU and Rice should at least be competitive.

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Football odds players think that East Carolina could be the surprise winner this season. Football odds players believe that Skip Holtz is doing a nice job and they are capable of winning the East. Football odds players see that the team that could disappoint is Rice, mainly because they surprised everyone last season and went to a bowl game. That probably won’t happen this year. Football odds players think that the best offensive player of the year could be RB Damion Fletcher of Southern Miss He had 1,388 yards and 11 touchdowns as a freshman. Football odds players believe that the defensive player of the year could be DE Albert McClellan, Jr., out of Marshall. College football betting players think another team that may surprise is SMU. College football betting players think that they have the potential to break through for their first bowl berth in 23 years.

Football odds players believe that the coach that really needs to do better is Tommy West at Memphis. Memphis has won just 9 games over the past few years and the 2006 season was a mess. Football odds players see that the coach that also may start feeling pressure is Mike Price at UTEP. He did a great of turning the program around but the Miners have really collapsed late in seasons and went 5-7 last year and return very few starters. Football odds players know that Houston loses Kevin Kolb but Art Briles knows how to coach an offense and third-year sophomore Blake Joseph is set to be the new quarterback.