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July 29, 2011

Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa Golden Hurricane was picked to finish in second place in the Conference USA West Division in a preseason poll of the league's media.

Tulsa, which is tied with Nevada for the nation's fourth-longest current win streak at seven games, edged out third-place SMU. Houston, buoyed by the return of senior quarterback Case Keenum, is the preseason favorite to win the C-USA West Division. Tulsa and SMU tied for the west title last year with 6-2 records, but the Mustangs represented the West in the C-USA Championships against the UCF Knights.

The Cougars grabbed half of the available first-place votes, while the Hurricane had eight first-place votes. Rice was fourth and Tulane and UTEP tied for fifth place in the C-USA West.

Tulsa is coming off of a 10-3 overall record and returns 10 starters on offense and seven to the defensive side of the ball.

UCF was the overwhelming favorite to win the C-USA East Division. The Knights picked up 20 of 24 possible first-place votes following their 11-3 season capped with a Liberty Bowl win over Georgia. Southern Miss was selected second and grabbed the four remaining first-place votes.

The Golden Eagles have made nine consecutive bowl game appearances. East Carolina was tabbed third, followed by Marshall, UAB and Memphis in the C-USA East.

The preseason poll, administered by the Tulsa World, was made up of 24 voters with each school represented by one print reporter that covers the team and one radio representative.

Conference USA does not conduct its own poll.

Conference USA poll
(As voted by a panel of media members that cover the league)

C-USA East 1) UCF (20 first-place votes) .... 139 points 2) Southern Miss (4) .... 122 3) East Carolina .... 93 4) Marshall ... 65 5) UAB ... 61 6) Memphis ... 24

C-USA West 1) Houston (12 first-place votes) ... 127 points 2) Tulsa (8) ... 117 3) SMU (4) ... 116 4) Rice ... 60 5) Tulane ... 42 5) UTEP ... 42