Marshall - (D+) - Girt (First season after one season of sim) This team looks to me like they "should" be one of the better teams in the East this season. Last season they went 10-19 and 6-10 in conference. I really wouldn't be too surprised to see the conf. record flip to 10-6 or better. Dan returns 7 players with a 664 overall rating (much better than anyone else thus far), In that he has 3 starters, and a core that played 132 of the 200 minutes last season. They scored 46 ppg last season... so like I said,,, just by default they "should" be one of the better teams in the East....
Memphis - (C) - pjtrader (has been here 6 seasons) Memphis is the "Mothership" of Conference USA. They have the only B baseline prestige, are in a decent recruiting area, and IMHO a pretty good place to build a team from. That all being said,,, pjtrader has 7 open schollys... and hasn't shown up yet. This team went 20-7 and 13-3, with an RPI of 124... and was probably one of the top 2-3 teams in the conference if not the best. They, however, return no starters from last season... and the five guys who return played very few minutes. (46 of 200). This was going to be a tough season in Memphis allready,,, but if Elvis doesn't show up soon... it could be tough for seasons to come for our top program.
S. Mississippi - (D+) - Weena - (First Season after 14 seasons of sim). This team returns 7 players at an average of 666, from a team that went 13-16 and 6-10 in conference.... 3 Starters come back and they return 131 minutes of the 200 from last season. 44 ppg returning so they should be about on par with a couple of the others who I mentioned earlier as a front runner for the East title.
The East could very well end up with (3) 9-7 teams ... (2) 6-10 teams ... and a 2-12. Or someone like Marshal. Memphis, or S. Miss.. could run out to 13-3 and leave us all behind.... Hard to predict who will try to win today... and improve those horrid prestige ratings... and who will just punt and play for tomorrow. (ECU), LOL.
The West - sorry didn't have time to do much looking at the west but this will give us a beginning spot.
UTEP - (D) - (Southern3pri) - (First season. They return 6 guys from a 9-18 team with a 227 RPI last season. Most of the players returning are young so this team may not do much better this season... but the future should hold some promise as UTEP will have some big classes in a couple seasons with alot of upperclassmen.
Tulane - (C+) - Simmie....(past 2 seasons as sim) The Green Wave returns 10 players from a 19-10 team that went to the PIT last season with a 79 RPI. I would expect them to have one more good season before we begin to overtake them. I would have to give them the inside track on winning the West Division.... and it will take some decent work to keep them from being our only NT team this season.
Tulsa - (D) - Simmie (sim coached for 7 seasons)... Bad... returning 6 bad players from an 11-16 team with a 217 RPI... beat em up guys.
Rice - (C) - Storm2425 (First season after 3 seasons of sim). Rice returns 6 players, 4 of which are sr's I believe,,, They went 22-8 last season with an 81 RPI and played a game in the PIT.... I would think Rice should finish in the top half of the West and be one of the better teams this season.
SMU - (D-) - Budlit (second season in the C-USA). This team returns 8 players from a team that went 14-14 with a 208 RPI. I would also think they would be in the top 2-3 teams in the west this season.
Houston - (D) - Daveymac (First season after 7 sim). This team went 8-19 with a 265 RPI last season... returning 9 players from that awesome squad... so I guess as with most of the rest of us.... "Sky's the Limit" here LOL.