Football to be in West Division of Conference USA, 2013 Opponents Set
Jan. 23, 2013
MIAMI, Fla. - Conference USA officials announced the league's football divisional structure and conference opponents for 2013 Wednesday as the league concluded its annual Winter Meetings in Miami. Louisiana Tech will compete in the West Division in its inaugural season in Conference USA.
"We had extremely productive meetings and we are fortunate to have such a great group," Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. "Our new members bring added competitive strength, especially in the areas of football and basketball, and we have dramatically increased the size of our television footprint. Our Conference generally represents growing institutions, in large markets, who are ambitious and have made significant investments. They are well positioned to be the next generation of great programs. We have tremendous upside potential."
The Bulldogs will be in a seven-member West Division along with North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UTEP and UTSA. The East Division will include East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and UAB.
The conference office also announced that Louisiana Tech will host Conference USA games against North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulane and Tulsa this fall while the Bulldogs will travel to FIU, Rice, UTEP and UTSA.
For the 2013 season each Conference USA team will play eight conference games; six intradivisional opponents and two crossover (interdivisional) teams. Louisiana Tech's two crossover opponents this fall will be FIU and Southern Miss.
Dates for conference games are expected to be announced sometime in March but the Conference USA Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 7, 2013 and will be hosted by the team with the best record between the two divisional champions.
During the meetings a number of items were addressed:
Officially welcomed FAU and Middle Tennessee as members of Conference USA beginning in 2013. Both teams will exit the Sun Belt Conference one year earlier than initially announced and will be eligible to compete in all C-USA sports. Conference USA will have 14 members compete in football and 16 members for its other 19 sports during the 2013-14 athletic season.
Television. Conference USA has television agreements with Fox Sports Networks and CBS Sports Network, and ESPN will continue to carry the C-USA Football Championship. As one the largest BCS conferences in 2013, C-USA membership will include institutions in 12 of the Top 65 television markets, eight in the Top 40 and four in the Top 25 media markets according to Nielson. C-USA home markets next year will include a little more than 14.5 million TV households, a 43 percent increase to our current 10.1 million homes.
Old Dominion will be eligible for the 2014 C-USA Football Championship. Additionally for football, athletics directors determined Old Dominion would be eligible for an East Division title and the opportunity to compete in the 2014 C-USA Championship. However, they would not be eligible for a bowl berth until 2015.
Bulldog fans wanting to claim their season tickets for the 2013 season - the inaugural season in Conference USA and under the direction of new head coach Skip Holtz - can do so by placing a $50 non-refundable deposit down now. For more information, please contact the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631, by emailing TechTickets@LATech.edu or by visiting www.LATechSports.com.
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Full 2013 Conference USA Scheduling (Dates TBA)