Conference USA

C-USA Top 5: Marshall a major threat to WKU in East

By PATRICK MAGEE

pmagee@sunherald.com

Twitter: Patrick_Magee

Marshall's Devon Johnson (47) is tripped up by a Purdue's Anthony Brown (9) during an NCAA football game in Huntington, W.Va., Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)
Marshall's Devon Johnson (47) is tripped up by a Purdue's Anthony Brown (9) during an NCAA football game in Huntington, W.Va., Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

The regular season finale between Western Kentucky and Marshall should set up to be the deciding factor in the East and a very intriguing game.

The Thundering Herd will have to travel to Bowling Green, Ky., giving WKU the home field advantage on Nov. 27. WKU still has a potent offense, but Marshall's defense could be the equalizer.

The picture in the West isn't much clearer with Southern Miss looking more like a complete team with four games remaining for the Golden Eagles. USM travels to Louisiana Tech on Nov. 28 in the regular season finale.

Rice can have a major say in the West when it hosts Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. on Friday.

The top five teams in Conference USA through eight weeks:

1. Western Kentucky (6-2, 4-0): The Hilltoppers are beginning to look a little beatable, but that’s mostly due to injuries to key players. WKU has it easy the next two weeks against ODU and FAU.

2. Marshall (7-1, 4-0): The Herd has allowed only 47 points in four conference games. It’s a contender in the East.

3. La. Tech (5-3, 3-1): Tech bounced back with a solid performance in a 45-16 win over MTSU last week.

4. Southern Miss (5-3, 3-1): The USM offense seems more dynamic by the week. The Eagles have a shot to make a run in the West.

5. Rice (4-3, 2-1): The Owls struggled to take down Army, 38-31. Saturday, but a win is a win.

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