2010 Conference USA football season

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2010 Conference USA football season
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League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport Football
Duration September 2, 2010
through December 31, 2011
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) ESPN/ CBS CS[1]
Regular Season
Champion UCF
East champions UCF
West champions SMU
Football seasons
← 2009
2011 →
2010 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#21 UCF x   7 1         11 3  
East Carolina   5 3         6 7  
Southern Miss   5 3         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         5 7  
UAB   3 5         4 8  
Memphis   0 8         1 11  
West
SMU xy   6 2         7 7  
#24 Tulsa x   6 2         10 3  
Houston   4 4         5 7  
UTEP   3 5         6 7  
Rice   3 5         4 8  
Tulane   2 6         4 8  
Championship: UCF 17, SMU 7
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010 Conference USA football season was an NCAA football season played from September 2, 2010, through December 31, 2010. Conference USA consists of 12 football members separated into 2 divisions: East Carolina, Marshall, Memphis, Southern Miss, UAB, and UCF make up the eastern division, while Houston, Rice, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa, and UTEP comprise the western division.[2]

This was the 15th football season and 16th overall for Conference USA. Although C-USA was founded in 1995, it did not start football competition until 1996.[1]

Previous season[edit]

East Carolina won the 2009 conference championship for the second straight year defeating the #21 Houston Cougars 38-32.[3]

Preseason[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Preseason polls[edit]

No Conference USA teams were ranked though both SMU and UCF each received one vote. Houston received 66 points in the AP Poll, and 76 points in the Coaches' Poll.

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Conference USA member won
Conference USA member lost
Conference USA teams in bold
Rankings from Coaches' Poll

Week One[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 6:30PM Southern Miss South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN L 41-13 70,438
September 2 7:00PM Southeastern Louisiana Tulane Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA - W 27-21 20,258
September 2 7:00PM Florida Atlantic UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, AL ESPN L 32-31 25,885
September 2 7:30PM Marshall #2 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH BTN L 45-7 105,040
September 4 2:30PM #4 Texas Rice Reliant StadiumHouston, Texas ESPN L 34-17 70,445
September 4 6:00PM Memphis Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS - L 49-7 56,032
September 4 6:00PM South Dakota UCF Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, Florida - W 38-7 34,373
September 4 7:00PM Texas State Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, Texas - W 68-28 32,119
September 4 7:00PM Arkansas Pine Bluff UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX - W 32-10 30,029
September 5 2:00PM Tulsa East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC ESPN2 ECU 51-49 50,010
September 5 3:30PM SMU Texas Tech Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, TX ESPN L 35-27 57,528

Week Two[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 7:00PM #22 West Virginia Marshall Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV ESPN L 24-21 OT 41,382
September 10 10:15PM UTEP Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, TX ESPN HOU 54-24 32,119
September 11 12:00PM Memphis East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC ECU 49-27 48,123
September 11 7:00PM Bowling Green Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK W 33-20 19,565
September 11 7:00PM Rice North Texas Fouts FieldDenton, TX W 32-31 23,743
September 11 7:00PM Prairie View A&M Southern Miss M.M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS W 34-7 27,316
September 11 7:30PM NC State UCF Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, FL CBS CS L 28-21 43,020
September 11 8:00PM UAB SMU Gerald J. Ford StadiumDallas, TX SMU 28-7 16,612
September 11 9:00PM Mississippi Tulane SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA ESPN2 L 27-13 36,389

Week Three[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 17 8:00PM Kansas Southern Miss M.M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS ESPN W 31-16 30,211
September 18 1:30PM East Carolina Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA L 49-27 66,233
September 18 3:30PM Washington State SMU Gerald J. Ford StadiumDallas, TX W 35-21 18,184
September 18 3:30PM Troy UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 34-33 23,681
September 18 7:00PM Marshall Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, OH L 44-28 20,515
September 18 7:00PM Tulsa Oklahoma State Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, OK L 65-28 51,778
September 18 7:00PM Middle Tennessee Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 24-17 27,965
September 18 7:00PM Northwestern Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX L 30-13 15,562
September 18 7:00PM UCF Buffalo University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, NY W 24-10 14,312
September 18 9:05PM New Mexico State UTEP Aggie Memorial StadiumLas Cruces, NM W 42-10 39,214
September 18 10:30PM #23 Houston UCLA Rose BowlPasadena, CA L 31-13 54,407

Week Four[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 24 8:00PM #5 TCU SMU Gerald J. Ford StadiumDallas, TX ESPN L 41-24 35,481
September 25 12:21PM UAB Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN SEC Network L 32-29 95,183
September 25 12:30PM UCF Kansas State Bill Snyder StadiumManhattan, KS FSN L 17-13 50,586
September 25 3:30PM Tulane Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, TX HOU 42-23 32,007
September 25 7:00PM Central Arkansas Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK W 41-14 21,928
September 25 7:00PM Ohio Marshall Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV W 24-23 28,143
September 25 7:00PM Southern Miss Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet StadiumRuston, LA W 13-12 22,344
September 25 8:00PM Baylor Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX CBS CS L 30-13 23,395
September 25 9:05PM Memphis UTEP Sun BowlEl Paso, TX UTEP 16-13 29,765

Week Five[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 2 2:00PM Tulane Rutgers Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ W 17-14 47,963
October 2 3:30PM East Carolina North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC L 42-17 60,000
October 2 6:00PM UTEP New Mexico University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM W 38-20 22,511
October 2 7:00PM Tulsa Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN TLSA 48-7 22,231
October 2 7:00PM SMU Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX SMU 42-31 14,981
October 2 8:00PM Marshall Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS CBS CS SM 41-16 27,518

Week Six[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 6 8:00PM UAB UCF Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, FL ESPN UCF 42-7 40,281
October 9 2:00PM Memphis Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY L 56-0 48,427
October 9 3:30PM Army Tulane SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA L 41-23 28,756
October 9 7:30PM East Carolina Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS CSS ECU 44-43 32,334
October 9 8:00PM Mississippi State Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, TX CBS CS L 47-24 32,067
October 9 8:00PM Tulsa SMU Gerald J. Ford StadiumDallas, TX SMU 21-18 19,329
October 9 9:05PM Rice UTEP Sun BowlEl Paso, TX UTEP 44-24 28,955

Week Seven[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 13 8:00PM UCF Marshall Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV ESPN UCF 35-14 23,601
October 16 12:00PM NC State East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC W 33-27 OT 50,410
October 16 12:00PM Southern Miss Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN SM 41-19 18,848
October 16 3:30PM Houston Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX RICE 34-31 26,342
October 16 3:30PM SMU Navy Navy – Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD L 28-21 33,924
October 16 4:00PM UTEP UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, AL UAB 21-6 11,756
October 16 7:00PM Tulane Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK TLSA 52-24 23,295

Week Eight[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 23 3:30PM Rice UCF Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, FL UCF 41-14 38,151
October 23 3:30PM Houston SMU Gerald J. Ford StadiumDallas, TX CBSCS HOU 45-20 20,741
October 23 4:15PM Marshall East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC CSS ECU 37-10 50,145
October 23 7:00PM UAB #24 Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPNU L 29-24 56,423
October 23 9:05PM Tulane UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX TULN 34-24 25,007

Week Nine[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 30 12:00PM UAB Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS CSS UAB 50-49 26,415
October 30 2:30PM Tulsa Notre Dame Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC W 28-27 80,795
October 30 3:00PM UTEP Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV MRSH 16-12 24,740
October 30 3:30PM East Carolina UCF Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, FL MASN UCF 49-35 40,073
October 30 3:30PM SMU Tulane Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA SMU 31-17 18,636
October 30 7:00PM Houston Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN CSS HOU 56-17 19,731

Week Ten[edit]

Date Time (EDT) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 5 8:00PM UCF Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, TX ESPN2 UCF 40-33 32,008
November 6 2:00PM Rice Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK TLSA 64-27 19,036
November 6 3:30PM Navy East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC MASN L 76-35 50,191
November 6 3:30PM Southern Miss Tulane Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA SM 46-30 22,737
November 6 4:15PM Marshall UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, AL CSS MRSH 31-17 17,860
November 6 8:00PM Tennessee Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN CBSCS L 50-14 39,742
November 6 9:05PM SMU UTEP Sun BowlEl Paso, TX UTEP 28-14 23,127

Week Eleven[edit]

Date Time (EST) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 11 8:00PM East Carolina UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, AL CBSCS ECU 54-42 14,083
November 13 12:00PM Southern Miss #23 UCF Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, FL CBSCS SM 31-21 40,358
November 13 3:00PM Memphis Marshall Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV MRSH 28-13 25,108
November 13 3:30PM Rice Tulane Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA TULN 54-49 16,698
November 13 7:00PM UTEP #14 Arkansas Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR ESPNU L 58-21 67,330
November 13 8:00PM Tulsa Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, TX CBSCS TLSA 28-25 30,046

Week Twelve[edit]

Date Time (EST) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 20 1:00PM East Carolina Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX CSS RICE 62-38 15,262
November 20 2:00PM UTEP Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK TLSA 31-28 16,547
November 20 3:00PM Marshall SMU Gerald J. Ford StadiumDallas, TX SMU 31-17 17,513
November 20 3:30PM UCF Tulane Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA UCF 61-14 19,069
November 20 4:00PM Memphis UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama UAB 31-15 16,177
November 20 6:00PM Houston Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS SM 59-41 32,606

Week Thirteen[edit]

Date Time (EST) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 26 2:00PM SMU East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC CBSCS SMU 45-38 49,108
November 26 6:30PM Southern Miss Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK CBSCS TLSA 56-50 21,901
November 27 12:00PM UCF Memphis Liberty Bowl StadiumMemphis, TN CSS UCF 37-10 14,992
November 27 12:00PM Tulane Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV CBSCS MRSH 38-23 19,302
November 27 3:30PM UAB Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX CSS RICE 28-23 13,007
November 27 8:00PM Houston Texas Tech Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, TX FSS L 35-20 53,461

Week Fourteen- C-USA Championship Game[edit]

Date Time (EST) Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
December 4 12:00PM SMU #25 UCF Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, FL ESPN2 UCF 17-7 41,045

Players of the week[edit]

Week Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
1 – Sep. 6 Dominique Davis, QB East Carolina Trent Mackey, LB Tulane Matt Szymanski, P SMU
2 – Sep. 13 Bryce Beall, RB Houston Vinny Curry, DE Marshall Kevin Fitzpatrick, K Tulsa
3 – Sep. 20 Bryan Ellis, QB UAB Darius Nall, DE UCF Tom Hornsey, P
Deron Wilson, DB
Memphis
Southern Miss
4 – Sep. 27 Bryan Ellis, QB UAB Loyce Means, DB Houston Dakota Warren, K UTEP
5 – Oct. 4 Kyle Padron, QB SMU Dezman Moses, DE Tulane Jonathan Ginsburgh, P Tulane
6 – Oct. 11 Kris Adams, WR UTEP Kemal Ishmael, S UCF Danny Hrapmann, K Southern Miss
7 – Oct. 18 Dominique Davis, QB East Carolina Jamon Hughes, LB Memphis Kyle Martens, P Rice
8 – Oct. 25 Casey Robottom, WR Tulane Sammy Brown, LB
Darius Nall, DE
Houston
UCF
Tyron Carrier, KR Houston
9 – Nov. 1 Pat Shed, RB
Ronnie Weaver, RB
UAB
UCF
Shawn Jackson, LB Tulsa Damaris Johnson, PR Tulsa
10 – Nov. 8 Jeffrey Godfrey, QB UCF Josh Linam, LB UCF Damaris Johnson, KR Tulsa
11 – Nov. 15 G.J. Kinne, QB Tulsa Marco Nelson, DB Tulsa Charles Ross, KR Rice
12 – Nov. 22 Austin Davis, QB Southern Miss Richard Crawford, DB SMU Quincy McDuffie, KR UCF

Rankings[edit]

Legend
    Improvement in ranking
  Drop in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll
Ranking Movement[6]
  Pre Wk
1
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2
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4
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5
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Final
East Carolina
Pirates
AP - RV RV - - - - RV RV - - - - - - -
C - - RV - - - - RV RV - - - - - - -
HAR Not released - RV RV - - - - - -
BCS Not released RV RV - - - - - -
Houston
Cougars
AP RV RV 23 RV RV - - - - - - - - - - -
C RV RV 23 RV RV RV - - - - - - - - - -
HAR Not released - - - - - - - - -
BCS Not released - - - - - - - -
Marshall
Thundering Herd
AP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
HAR Not released - - - - - - - - -
BCS Not released - - - - - - - -
Memphis
Tigers
AP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
HAR Not released - - - - - - - - -
BCS Not released - - - - - - - -
Rice
Owls
AP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
HAR Not released - - - - - - - - -
BCS Not released - - - - - - - -
Southern Miss
Golden Eagles
AP - - - - - - - - - - - - RV - - -
C - - - - - - - - - - RV RV RV - - -
HAR Not released - RV - - - RV RV - -
BCS Not released RV RV - RV RV RV - -
SMU
Mustangs
AP RV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C RV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
HAR Not released - - - - - - - - -
BCS Not released - - - - - - - -
Tulane
Green Wave
AP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
HAR Not released - - - - - - - - -
BCS Not released - - - - - - - -
Tulsa
Golden Hurricane
AP - - - - - - - - - - - RV RV RV RV 24
C - - - - - - - - - - - - RV RV RV RV
HAR Not released - - - - RV RV RV RV RV
BCS Not released - - - RV RV RV RV RV
UAB
Blazers
AP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
HAR Not released - - - - - - - - -
BCS Not released - - - - - - - -
UCF
Knights
AP RV - - - - - - - - RV 25 - RV RV RV 21
C - - - - - - - - RV RV 23 RV RV 25 24 20
HAR Not released - - RV RV 25 RV RV RV 25
BCS Not released - RV RV RV RV RV RV 25
UTEP
Miners
AP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
HAR Not released RV - - - - - - - -
BCS Not released - - - - - - - -

Records against other conferences[edit]

Conference Wins Losses
ACC 1 3
Big 12 1 6
Big East 1 2
Big Ten 0 2
Independents 1 3
MAC 3 1
Mountain West 1 1
Pac-10 1 1
SEC 0 8
Sun Belt 3 1
WAC 2 0
All FCS 6 0
Overall 20 28

Bowl games[edit]

Bowl Eligibility[edit]

Bowl Eligible (6)[edit]

  • UCF (9-3) became bowl eligible on October 30 after defeating East Carolina.
  • Southern Miss (8-4) became bowl eligible on November 6 after defeating Tulane.
  • Tulsa (9-3) became bowl eligible on November 6 after defeating Rice.
  • East Carolina (6-6) became bowl eligible on November 11 after defeating UAB.
  • UTEP (6-6) became bowl eligible on November 13 after defeating SMU.
  • SMU (7-5) became bowl eligible on November 20 after defeating Marshall.

Bowl Ineligible (6)[edit]

  • Memphis (1-11) lost the ability to become bowl eligible on October 30 after losing to Houston.
  • Rice (4-8) lost the ability to become bowl eligible on November 6 after losing to Tulsa.
  • UAB (4-8) lost the ability to become bowl eligible on November 11 after losing to East Carolina.
  • Marshall (5-7) lost the ability to become bowl eligible on November 20 after losing to SMU.
  • Tulane (4-8) lost the ability to become bowl eligible on November 20 after losing to UCF.
  • Houston (5-7) lost the ability to become bowl eligible on November 27 after losing to Texas Tech.

Bowl games[edit]

Bowl Game Date Stadium City Television Matchups/Results Attendance Payout (US$)
New Mexico Bowl December 18, 2010 University Stadium Albuquerque, NM ESPN BYU 52, UTEP 24 32,424 $750,000
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl December 21, 2010 Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, FL ESPN Louisville 31, Southern Miss 28 20,017 $1,000,000
Hawai'i Bowl December 24, 2010 Aloha Stadium Honolulu, HI ESPN Tulsa 62, #25 Hawaii 35 43,673 $750,000
Military Bowl December 29, 2010 RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. ESPN Maryland 51, East Carolina 20 38,062 $1,000,000
Armed Forces Bowl December 30, 2010 Gerald J. Ford Stadium Dallas, TX ESPN Army 16, SMU 14 36,742 $750,000
Liberty Bowl December 31, 2010 Liberty Bowl Memphis, TN ESPN #24 UCF 10, Georgia 6 51,231 $1,350,000

Attendance[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Gm 1 Gm 2 Gm 3 Gm 4 Gm 5 Gm 6 Gm 7 Total Average % of Capacity
East Carolina Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium 50,000 50,010 48,123 50,410 50,145 50,191 49,108 297,987 49,664 99.3%
Houston Robertson Stadium 32,000 32,119 32,119 32,007 32,067 32,008 30,046 188,366 31,394 98.1%
Marshall Joan C. Edwards Stadium 38,019 41,382 28,143 23,601 24,740 25,108 19,302 162,276 27,046 71.1%
Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium 62,380 27,965 22,231 18,848 19,731 39,742 14,992 143,149 23,858 38.2%
Rice Rice Stadium 47,000 15,562 23,395 14,981 26,342 15,262 13,007 108,549 18,091 38.5%
Southern Miss M. M. Roberts Stadium 36,000 27,316 30,211 27,518 32,334 26,415 32,606 176,400 29,400 81.6%
SMU Gerald J. Ford Stadium 32,000 16,612 18,184 35,481 19,329 20,741 17,513 127,860 21,310 66.6%
Tulane Louisiana Superdome 72,968 20,258 36,389 28,756 18,636 22,737 16,698 19,069 162,543 23,220 31.8%
Tulsa H. A. Chapman Stadium 30,000 19,565 21,928 23,295 19,036 16,547 21,901 122,272 20,378 67.9%
UAB Legion Field 71,594 25,885 23,681 11,756 17,860 14,083 16,177 109,442 18,240 25.4%
UCF Bright House Networks Stadium 45,301 34,373 43,020 40,281 38,151 40,073 40,358 41,045 277,301 39,614 87.4%
UTEP Sun Bowl Stadium 51,500 30,029 39,214 29,765 28,955 25,007 23,127 176,097 29,349 56.9%

References[edit]