Western Kentucky football's continued rise as an FBS member added another marker on Thursday afternoon when Conference USA media members selected the Hilltoppers as the favorite to win the league's East Division. That honor signifies the first time that WKU has been selected to win a FBS conference division or title.
Marshall, the reigning East Division and Conference USA champions, was second in the voting, with rival Middle Tennessee State coming in third. Florida Atlantic and FIU are projected to finish fourth and fifth in the East, with Old Dominion and football newcomer Charlotte placing sixth and seventh.
Louisiana Tech, WKU's home-opening opponent, was chosen as the favorite to win the West Division. Rice, which hosts WKU in October, was picked second in the West, followed by UTEP, Southern Miss, North Texas and UTSA.
C-USA MEDIA MEMBERS PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
3. Middle Tennessee
4. Florida Atlantic
6. Old Dominion
1. Louisiana Tech
4. Southern Miss
5. North Texas