Conference USA — Bowl projections 2015-2016

Expert bowl projections from all over the web and a little analysis

Conference USA

 Of the 13 teams playing football in Conference USA, eight of them are going bowling to at least one expert.  The conference has six bowl tie-ins, and there are five teams that all five experts believe will be playing this bowl season, Louisiana Tech, Rice, Marshall, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky.  The expert picks follow, along with our picks.  Your comments and projections are welcome.

Louisiana Tech

  • Athlon Sports                   New Mexico Bowl vs. San Diego State
  • Sporting News                 New Orleans Bowl vs. Appalachian State
  • Mark Schlabach               New Mexico Bowl vs. New Mexico
  • Brett McMurphy               New Mexico Bowl vs. Wyoming
  • Phil Steele                        Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Texas Tech

Marshall

  • Athlon Sports                   St. Petersburg Bowl vs. Houston 
  • Sporting News                  Heart of Dallas vs. Rutgers           
  • Mark Schlabach               Bahamas Bowl vs. Toledo
  • Brett McMurphy               St. Petersburg Bowl vs. Cincinnati
  • Phil Steele                        Miami Beach Bowl vs. Navy

 Middle Tennessee

  • Athlon Sports                   Bahamas Bowl vs. Northern Illinois
  • Sporting News                 New Mexico Bowl vs. Colorado State
  • Mark Schlabach               Miami Beach Bowl vs. UCF
  • Brett McMurphy               Bahamas Bowl vs. Middle Tennessee
  • Phil Steele                        St. Petersburg Bowl vs. Ball State

 Old Dominion

  • Athlon Sports                   No Bid Projected
  • Sporting News                  No Bid Projected
  • Mark Schlabach               Arizona Bowl vs. Wyoming
  • Brett McMurphy               No Bid Projected
  • Phil Steele                         Arizona Bowl vs. Fresno State

 Rice

  • Athlon Sports                    Heart of Dallas vs. Texas Tech
  • Sporting News                  Arizona Bowl vs. Wyoming
  • Mark Schlabach                Heart of Dallas vs. Texas Tech
  • Brett McMurphy                Heart of Dallas vs. Rutgers
  • Phil Steele                         New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana–Lafayette

  Southern Miss

  • Athlon Sports                   No Bid Projected
  • Sporting News                  No Bid Projected
  • Mark Schlabach               New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana–Lafayette
  • Brett McMurphy               No Bid Projected
  • Phil Steele                        No Bid Projected

 UTEP

  • Athlon Sports                   New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana–Lafayette
  • Sporting News                  Miami Beach Bowl vs. Cincinnati
  • Mark Schlabach               No Bid Projected
  • Brett McMurphy                Arizona Bowl vs. Air Force
  • Phil Steele                         New Mexico Bowl vs. Colorado State

 Western Kentucky

  • Athlon Sports                   Miami Beach Bowl vs. Cincinnati
  • Sporting News                 Bahamas Bowl vs. Akron
  • Mark Schlabach               St. Petersburg Bowl vs. Cincinnati
  • Brett McMurphy               Miami Beach Bowl vs. UCF
  • Phil Steele                         Bahamas Bowl vs.  Western Michigan

My picks:

  • Miami Beach Bowl – Western Kentucky
  • New Mexico Bowl – UTEP
  • Heart of Dallas Bowl – Rice
  • St. Petersburg Bowl – Marshall
  • Bahamas Bowl – Louisiana Tech
  • R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Southern Miss

The author is a die-hard college football fan and has served on the selection committees for multiple bowl games.

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