A look around Conference USA
Fortunately, the blurred image should begin clearing this weekend as several top teams enter gut-check games. Here's a look at the league's top four title contenders: Louisville, Southern Miss, Memphis and Texas Christian.
Louisville has distinguished itself as the early favorite after stringing together impressive victories over Kentucky and Army. While other deserving mid-majors are locked out of the polls, Louisville actually moved up despite having its game with Tulane postponed until the first weekend of December.
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