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Mythical C-USA rankings for Oct. 8

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It must be an open week. My body has defaulted to sleep mode. At least that is my excuse if you think these rankings are nuts.

1. Central Florida (Outscored ECU 40-6 after Pirates took quick 14-0 lead. Next: home vs. Southern Miss)
2. Tulsa (May have best team with worst QB since Rob Calabrese started at UCF. Next: home vs. UTEP, Thursday)
3. Marshall (Clumbed a spot after a loss, yes. But who would you put ahead of Herd? Next: Chillin’ and watchin’ UCF-Southern Miss)
4. Houston (I guess Coogs remembered Charles Sims was on their side. Next: home vs. UAB
5.  SMU (Second C-USA shutout in two years … OK, so last year’s was against Memphis, but still … Next: At Tulane)
6. East Carolina (QB Shane Carden can do damage when he gets time. Which UCF didn’t give him. Next: home vs. Memphis)
7. UAB (I can’t believe I’m doing this. Saturday: at Houston)
8. Texas-El Paso (As Miners zoom toward bowl ineligibility, I’m still overrating them. But I’m not overrating Nick Lamaison, trust me. He’s not good. Next: Thursday at Tulsa)
9. Rice (Losing to Memphis. How could you? Next: home vs. UT-San Antonio)
10. Southern Miss (Home game with Boise State looked intriguing not so long ago. Saturday: at Central Florida)
11. Memphis (Blind Squirrels land acorn, ruin perfectly good Memphis-Tulane matchup Nov. 10. Saturday: at East Carolina)
12. Tulane (D.J. Ponder (no relation) 14 of 39, 2 picks vs. UL-Lafayette. Next: home vs. SMU.)