A look around Conference USA

Updated: September 1, 2004, 11:14 AM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com
Memphis coach Tommy West is doing his best not to inflate his players' heads -- or the expectations surrounding the program.

"It'll be the same as always been for us," said the Tigers' fifth-year coach. "The thing this team has to do is be very patient because I don't know how people are going to play us."

Those hoping to find holes in the talent-stocked Tigers face a daunting task. West returns a carbon copy of last year's offense, a unit that scored 37 points or more in seven games. All 11 starters are back, including RB DeAngelo Williams, the Conference USA offensive Player of the Year, and record-setting QB Danny Wimprine.