UCF and Houston were picked to win their respective Conference USA divisions in a media poll conducted by The Tulsa World.
A total of 24 media voters -- two who cover each school -- participated in the poll. UCF, the defending league champion, got 20 first-place votes in the East. Southern Miss was picked second and got four first-place votes.
The West figures to be much more wide open between Houston, Tulsa and SMU and the voting reflected that. The Cougars, with Case Keenum returning, got 12 first-place votes in the West. Tulsa was picked to finish second with eight first-place votes. SMU, which played in the C-USA title game a year ago, got four first-place votes and was picked third.
1. UCF (20 first-place votes) - 139 points
2. Southern Miss (4) - 122
3. East Carolina - 93
4. Marshall - 65
5. UAB - 61
6. Memphis - 24
1. Houston (12 first-place votes) - 127 points
2. Tulsa (8) - 117
3. SMU (4) - 116
4. Rice - 60
5. Tulane - 42
5. UTEP - 42