Following the conclusion of week 12 of Conference USA play, here are our updated power rankings for CUSA.
Note: National rankings are courtesy of ESPN FPI. Arrows denote change in power rankings since previous ranking.
1. Liberty (11-0, 7-0) #46
This week: W, 49-25 vs UMass
The undefeated season continues in the first season for head coach Jamey Chadwell and his Liberty Flames. For a second straight week, the Flames jumped out to a 28-0 first half lead and cruised to an easy victory at home over UMass. Now, Liberty will attempt to finish the regular season unbeaten as they head to Texas to take on UTEP.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 25 @ UTEP, 3:30 p.m., CBSSN
2. New Mexico State (9-3, 6-1) #89
This week: W, 31-10 @ Auburn
What a massive win by New Mexico State as they go down and knock off Hugh Freeze and Auburn. It’s the second straight season that Jerry Kill and the Aggies have defeated Freeze, doing so when he was at Liberty last year. Now, a big game between one-loss teams in CUSA to finish up the regular season.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 25 vs Jacksonville State, 4:00 p.m., ESPN+
3. Jacksonville State (8-3, 6-1) #82
This week: W, 56-17 vs Louisiana Tech
The Gamecocks continue to look very good. They blasted LA Tech and now prepare to take on New Mexico State. The Gamecocks are ineligible for the CUSA championship game so this is their de facto championship game.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 25 @ New Mexico State, 4:00 p.m. ESPN+
4. Western Kentucky (6-5, 4-3) #88
This week: W, 28-23 vs Sam Houston
It has certainly been a disappointing season in Bowling Green, but the Hilltoppers got to bowl eligibility with a close win over Sam Houston. WKU will look to secure a winning season on Saturday at FIU.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 25 @ FIU, 3:00 p.m., ESPN+
5. Middle Tennessee (4-7, 3-4) #106
This week: W, 34-30 vs UTEP
The Blue Raiders got the win over UTEP to pick up their fourth win of the year. A win over Sam Houston in the season finale will even MTSU’s conference record on the season.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 25 @ Sam Houston, 12:00 p.m., ESPN+
6. UTEP (3-8, 2-5) #122
This week: L, 34-30 @ Middle Tennessee
The Miners lost a close one at Middle Tennessee and will now look to finish the season on a high note and knock off the undefeated Liberty Flames.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 25 vs Liberty, 3:30 p.m., CBSSN
7. Sam Houston (2-9, 1-6) #120
This week: L, 28-23 @ Western Kentucky
The Bearkats are so close to being a good team in CUSA. They have had so many close losses and against the best teams in the league. Perhaps next year they will see some of those close losses turn into wins.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 25 vs Middle Tennessee, 12:00 p.m., ESPN+
8. FIU (4-7, 1-6) #132
This week: L, 44-20 @ Arkansas
The Panthers got off to a good start against Arkansas, but that would be all for FIU against the SEC team. They will try to upset WKU in their season finale.
Next up: Saturday, Nov. 25 vs Western Kentucky, 3:00 p.m., ESPN+
9. Louisiana Tech (3-9, 2-5) #124
This week: L, 56-17 @ Jacksonville State
The Bulldogs season has come to an end as they lost to Jacksonville State. Certainly a disappointing year for Louisiana Tech.
Next up: Bye