2007 Football Previews

East Carolina
2007 East Carolina Preview
After a return to the postseason in his second year at East Carolina, head coach Skip Holtz has his aim set on building the Pirates' program, not just another winning team. A challenging schedule will be the primary roadblock between ECU and a second consecutive postseason appearance, but Holtz has said since his arrival he would feel more comfortable when the team began featuring products of his own recruiting efforts.
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Houston
2007 Houston Preview
Can history repeat itself in 2007? University of Houston head football coach Art Briles sure hopes so. Now entering his fifth season at the helm of the Cougar program and coming off an epic 2006 campaign, Briles looks to guide Houston to another Conference USA title and make history in the process.
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Marshall
2007 Marshall Preview
Marshall University has shown signs of improvement in each of the last two seasons under head coach Mark Snyder and 2007 offers the potential for further growth as the Thundering Herd welcomes back a solid corps of veterans from last season's 5-7 squad that won four of its last six games.
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Memphis
2007 Memphis Preview
Optimism fills the air as the Tigers are gearing up for the 2007 season. That optimism is fueled by the way head coach Tommy West's squad emerged in the final three games of the 2006 season as well as by the tremendous energy and enthusiasm that was clearly noticeable during the spring.
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Rice
2007 Rice Preview
The Rice Owls soared to heights, both individually and collectively, in 2006 that no one dared to predict as they entered the season. Led by the individual heroics of wide receiver Jarett Dillard, who vaulted from unknown to All-American thanks to leading the nation with 21 touchdown catches, Rice won its final six games, three on the final offensive play of the game, to finish second in the C-USA West and earn a date to play Troy in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
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Southern Miss
2007 Southern Miss Preview
Prior to the 2006 season, there were a number of questions that the Southern Miss Golden Eagles needed to answer. It was most likely wishful thinking to imagine that the Golden Eagles would finish as the East Division champions in Conference USA. And after a 4-4 start, the likelihood of Southern Miss continuing the streak of 13-straight winning seasons and another postseason appearance seemed to be slipping. But the Golden Eagles turned things around at the right time, winning the final four regular season games to earn a spot in the title game. After losing the championship to Houston, Southern Miss responded with a decisive 28-7 victory over Ohio in the GMAC Bowl.
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SMU
2007 SMU Preview
The 2006 season showcased a bright future for SMU Football. The Mustangs upped their win total for the third straight season, posted their highest win total in a decade and reached bowl-eligibility all while featuring a slew of talented young players.
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Tulane
2007 Tulane Preview
Holy Toledo! This often-used phrase will perhaps take on a new meaning this season in New Orleans as Bob Toledo begins his first season as the head coach of the Tulane Green Wave football program. Toledo's vision and energy have created a new wave of excitement not only in the New Orleans community, but with Tulane alumni throughout the country since his arrival to the Tulane campus on December 11, 2006.
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Tulsa
2007 Tulsa Preview
Some things change. Some things remain the same. A new coaching staff is the most obvious difference for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The other most notable change in 2007 will occur on the offensive side of the ball with the "no-huddle spread" offense, while Tulsa's 3-3-5 defense remains the same from a year ago when the Hurricane led Conference USA in total defense, allowing its opponents just 296 yard per game.
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UAB
2007 UAB Preview
It remains to be seen whether the UAB Blazers will improve on their disappointing 3-9 season of last fall. After all, the Blazers lost seven starters on both sides of the ball, and a senior class that numbered nearly 30 players in 2006. But those who have observed closely in the months since Neil Callaway was named UAB's head coach last December have seen a new air of enthusiasm over the program.
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UCF
2007 UCF Preview
The 2007 football season will be a historic one for the UCF Knights as the team moves on campus to play its home games for the first time in school history. After 28 seasons at the Florida Citrus Bowl, the Knights will open Bright House Networks Stadium on Sept. 15 against national-power Texas in a game to be televised at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2. With 19 starters returning, including nine on defense and eight on offense, UCF will look to make its first season at the 45,000-seat venue a special one.
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UTEP
2007 UTEP Preview
After opening the last two seasons to great expectations, UTEP enters 2007 as a mystery team. When the Miners launch their 90th season of football at home against New Mexico on Sept. 1, they will not only have a new quarterback under center, but a quarterback who will be making his first collegiate start as well.
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