2013 Conference USA West Schedule Breakdown
Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon
Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon
Posted Feb 16, 2013

Breakdowns and analysis of each Conference USA West schedule.

2013 C-USA Schedules

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Louisiana Tech

Non-Conference Games: at NC State, Lamar, at Kansas, Army
Games Against the East: at FIU, Southern Miss
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Lamar, Tulane, North Texas, at FIU, Southern Miss, at UTSA

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at NC State, at Kansas, Army, at UTEP, at Rice, Tulsa

Summary: The Bulldogs are finally in a league that makes more geographic sense, but there are still enough winnable games to come up with a big year. Going to NC State to start the season isn't an automatic loss, while getting Lamar and Tulane at home could get the Skip Holtz era off to a nice start before going to Kansas. The problem will be finding time to get settled at home with just one game in Joe Aillet from September 14th to November 9th. The Army game is in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas – the run defense has to be night-and-day better by then – coming In between trips to Kansas and UTEP. Getting FIU and Southern Miss from the East would've been a huge break last season, but the teams should be better this time around. Beating Tulsa in the home finale could be vital to having any shot of winning the West.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at NC State
9/7 Lamar
9/14 Tulane
9/21 at Kansas
9/28 Army (in Dallas)
10/5 at UTEP
10/19 North Texas
10/26 at FIU
11/9 Southern Miss
11/16 at Rice
11/23 Tulsa
11/30 at UTSA

North Texas

Non-Conference Games: Idaho, at Ohio, Ball State, at Georgia
Games Against the East: Middle Tennessee, at Southern Miss
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 1-11
Likely Finish: 2-10

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Idaho, UTSA

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Ohio, Ball State, at Georgia, at Tulane, Middle Tennessee, at Louisiana Tech, at Southern Miss, Rice, UTEP, at Tulsa

Summary: The Mean Green should be better, but the record probably won't show it unless they can handle a few 50/50 games at home. Middle Tennessee, Ball State and UTEP could all go either way, and UNT needs to win them all with a run of four road games in five and finishing up the regular season with a trip to Tulsa. The late part of the season is helped by not having any November road games until the finale, but there can't be any mistakes. Throw in away games at Ohio, Georgia and Louisiana Tech, and Idaho and UTSA become must wins.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Idaho
9/7 at Ohio
9/14 Ball State
9/21 at Georgia
10/5 at Tulane
10/12 Middle Tennessee
10/19 at Louisiana Tech
10/26 at Southern Miss
11/2 Rice
11/9 UTEP
11/23 UTSA
11/30 at Tulsa


Non-Conference Games: at Texas A&M, Kansas, Houston, at New Mexico State
Games Against the East: Florida Atlantic, at UAB
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Florida Atlantic, at UTSA, at New Mexico State, UTEP, at North Texas, Louisiana Tech, Tulane

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Texas A&M, Kansas, Houston, at Tulsa, at UAB

Summary: The Owls have the potential to come up with a great year helped by getting Florida Atlantic and UAB as the interdivisional games and with a relatively light travel schedule. Going to Texas A&M isn't a good way to kickoff the season, the dates at Tulsa, New Mexico and UAB are the only ones outside of the state of Texas. Getting Kansas at home should be interesting and playing Houston in Reliant Stadium should be fun. However, the Tulsa, UTSA and NMSU games are back-to-back-to-back road battles after going a month without leaving the Houston area. Louisiana Tech is the key game late, but the season could come down to the road trip to UAB and the finale against Tulane.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at Texas A&M
9/14 Kansas
9/21 Houston
9/28 Florida Atlantic
10/5 at Tulsa
10/12 at UTSA
10/19 at New Mexico State
10/26 UTEP
11/2 at North Texas
11/16 Louisiana Tech
11/23 at UAB
11/30 Tulane


Non-Conference Games: Jackson State, South Alabama, at Syracuse, at ULM
Games Against the East: East Carolina, at Florida Atlantic
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Jackson State, South Alabama, North Texas, at Florida Atlantic, at UTSA, UTEP

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Louisiana Tech, at Syracuse, at ULM, East Carolina, Tulsa, at Rice

Summary: This should be one of the league's up-and-coming teams, and a 2-0 start against Jackson State and South Alabama should help get everything ready for the Conference USA opener at Louisiana Tech. While there's only one game outside of Louisiana until November – going to Syracuse on September 21st - a run of three straight September road games will be tough. East Carolina and Tulsa might be the league's two best teams, but they're coming to the Superdome wrapped around a much-needed bye week. Going on the road in early November to face Florida Atlantic and UTSA shouldn't be too bad, and there's a week off to get ready for UTEP in the home finale. Closing out the regular season at Rice might be a problem.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Jackson State
9/7 South Alabama
9/14 at Louisiana Tech
9/21 at Syracuse
9/28 at ULM
10/5 North Texas
10/12 East Carolina
10/26 Tulsa
11/2 at Florida Atlantic
11/9 at UTSA
11/23 UTEP
11/30 at Rice


Non-Conference Games: at Bowling Green, Colorado State, at Oklahoma, Iowa State
Games Against the East: at East Carolina, Marshall
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Colorado State, Rice, at UTEP, at Tulane, UTSA, Marshall, at Louisiana Tech, North Texas

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Bowling Green, at Oklahoma, Iowa State, at East Carolina

Summary: The potential is there for a special season, but there are just enough tough road games to keep the record in check including the opener at Bowling Green – the Falcons should have the MAC's best defense – and with trips to Oklahoma early and East Carolina and Louisiana Tech late. The defending Conference USA champs get the league's worst break by having to face both the Pirates and Marshall from the East, and it won't help to play three road games in four before having to deal with the Thundering Herd. However, if the Golden Hurricane can win the games they're supposed to, and pull out a home win over an Iowa State, Rice and/or Colorado State, the record will be solid.

2013 Schedule
8/29 at Bowling Green
9/7 Colorado State
9/14 at Oklahoma
9/21 Iowa State
10/5 Rice
10/12 at UTEP
10/26 at Tulane
11/2 UTSA
11/9 at East Carolina
11/16 Marshall
11/23 at Louisiana Tech
11/30 North Texas


Non-Conference Games: New Mexico, at New Mexico State, at Colorado State, at Texas A&M
Games Against the East: FIU, at Middle Tennessee
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: New Mexico, at New Mexico State, UTSA, at North Texas, FIU, at Middle Tennessee

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, at Rice, at Texas A&M, at Tulane

Summary: It's a new era for the Miners and it could start out with a bang getting New Mexico at home and going on the road to face New Mexico State. With the Conference USA opener against UTSA to follow, a 3-0 start is more than likely before going to Colorado State. And then comes the payback with a brutal stretch of Louisiana Tech, Tulsa and road games against Rice, Texas A&M and North Texas. While there's a week off before facing the Owls, five of the final six games are on the road closing out at Tulane and Middle Tennessee.

2013 Schedule
9/7 New Mexico
9/14 at New Mexico State
9/21 UTSA
9/28 at Colorado State
10/5 Louisiana Tech
10/12 Tulsa
10/26 at Rice
11/2 at Texas A&M
11/9 at North Texas
11/16 FIU
11/23 at Tulane
11/30 at Middle Tennessee


Non-Conference Games: at New Mexico, Oklahoma State, at Arizona, Houston
Games Against the East: at Marshall, at UAB
Realistic Best Case Record: 4-8
Worst Case Record: 0-12
Likely Finish: 0-12

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: None

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at New Mexico, Oklahoma State, at Arizona, at UTEP, Houston, at Marshall, Rice, UAB, at Tulsa, Tulane, at North Texas, Louisiana Tech

Summary: The days of playing Texas A&M-Commerce and Northwestern Oklahoma are over. The Roadrunners might be full of experience, but where are the wins going to come from? Starting out against New Mexico would be a plus if it wasn't on the road, and while UAB and Tulane might not be great, they're better than Larry Coker's club. North Texas and UTEP are other winnable games that are away from the Alamodome. Hosting Oklahoma State will at least be interesting, but that could get ugly in a hurry as could the road trip to Arizona. Four of the first six games are on the road before getting a home game against Rice leading into a week off.

2013 Schedule
8/31 at New Mexico
9/7 Oklahoma State
9/14 at Arizona
9/21 at UTEP
9/28 Houston
10/5 at Marshall
10/12 Rice
10/26 UAB
11/2 at Tulsa
11/9 Tulane
11/23 at North Texas
11/30 Louisiana Tech

- 2013 C-USA Composite Schedule & Weekly Rankings
- 2013 C-USA West Schedule Analysis