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C-USA Top 5: FIU joins in on the fun, Marshall moves up

The first week of the season went pretty well for Conference USA with an 8-4 record. It's not every week that C-USA gets wins over the SEC and Big Ten, even if it is Vanderbilt and Purdue.

In C-USA Top 5 for Week 2, Florida International is the newest member after the 15-14 win at Central Florida on Thursday. 

Marshall moves up to No. 2 after beating Purdue, 41-31, and Western Kentucky holds onto the top spot following the 14-12 win at Vanderbilt.

Here you have it, the newest power ranking of the top teams in C-USA:

1. Western Kentucky: A win is a win, but the Hilltoppers were far from their best in a 14-12 victory Thursday at Vanderbilt. They will have to be better when Louisiana Tech comes to town Thursday in a game to be televised by Fox Sports 1.

2. Marshall: The Herd moves up to No. 2 thanks to its 41-31 win over Purdue. The Boilermakers may not be that great this season, but Marshall knows its best football is ahead. Michael Birdson has a nice debut as the Herd's quarterback.

3. Louisiana Tech: It’s so far so good for the Bulldogs, but the big test looms Thursday when they travel to Conference USA favorite WKU. It was against a weak opponent in Southern, but Jeff Driskel was impressive at quarterback, going 12-of-15 for 274 yards and four touchdowns.

4. Rice: The Owls’ ground game may be the best in C-USA this season with quarterback Driphus Jackson leading the way. 

5. FIU: Few saw the Panthers winning 15-14 at UCF last week, but they look to be much improved over last year’s 4-8 squad. If defense wins championships, FIU is in the hunt if C-USA. You have to give credit to third-year coach Ron Turner for getting FIU headed in the right direction.

C-USA statistical leaders:

PASSING 

PLAYERComp.-Att.YDSTD-Int

Stockstilll (MT)23-293364-1

Bogenschutz (UTSA)25-433322-1

Mullens (USM)30-443111-2

Driskel (LT)12-152744-0

Johnson (FAU)23-342632-0

McGough (FIU)29-382601-0

Birdsong (Mar)23-362342-1

Doughty (WKU)19-302091-0

RUSHING

PLAYERNO.YDSTDS 

Lawry (ODU)282234

Howell (FAU)221382

Walter (Rice)121071

Dixon (LT)91061

Johnson (FAU)20970

Dillard (Rice)15932

Johnson (Mar)11891

Jackson (Rice)13791

RECEIVING

PLAYERRECYDSTDS 

Batties (MT)81232

Stoshak (FAU)71141

Morgan (UTSA)91091

Higbee (WKU)41021

Jones (UTEP)6831

Robertson (USM)6810

Thomas (UTSA)6800

Owens (FIU)11780

TACKLES

PLAYERTotalT/G

Lang (Mar)1717

Ricks (ODU)1414

Williams (FIU)1111

Neasman (FAU)1010

Wint (FIU)1010

Thompson (Mar)1010

Leonard (FIU)1010

Tindal (Mar)1010

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