The SSG Conference USA PreviewSSG Conference USA may not have any high prestige schools but more often than not you can count on a competitive game when two teams from this conference hook up. It is a pretty balanced group with five different champions in the past five years and 8 teams within five victories of each other after five seasons including SSG Marshall and SSG Western Kentucky, which top the C-USA with a 29-13 conference record over that time. Outside of the conference it is a much different story of course, as the C-USA is just 11-27 all-time in SSG bowl games. SSG Southern Mississippi is the defending Conference USA champion as they followed up a pair of 3-9 campaigns with a school best 10 wins last season including a 55-31 beating of Marshall in the conference championship game. A team perhaps worth watching this season is SSG Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders had an awful start to the SSG era by posting a 2-10 record in 2014. The have followed that up with 4 straight winning seasons and last year won their first bowl game, drubbing SSG Georgia State 54-14 in the New Orleans Bowl behind a 194 yard, 3 touchdown run effort from redshirt freshman Jeffery Jamison. Jamison was the Conference USA offensive player of the year last season and rushed for nearly 1400 yards. Here are the cumulative conference games standings over the past five years. Next up: The SSG Mid-American Conference preview.
The SSG College Football league, using Wolverine Studios Draft Day Sports: College Football 2020, kicks off with coaching hiring in February. It has real teams but fictional players and in order to give these fictional players a history the league actually began play with the 2014 season and quick-simmed five years of history to bring us to the start of the 2019 season which will played as a kind of a trial run through over the first 6 months of the year before the 2020 season starts, as it does in real life, in the late summer. To get you up to speed on how the college football landscape evolved over the past five years here is the second in a series of recaps looking at each conference.