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2012 Conference USA Football Standings: SMU in second place

The SMU Mustangs are a game and a half behind Tulsa in the Conference USA West Division.

Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

The SMU Mustangs may only be 4-4 overall, but at 3-1 in Conference USA, the Mustangs control their own destiny to win the West Division and reach the conference championship game. SMU closes the regular season against Tulsa (7-1, 5-0), who leads the Mustangs by 1.5 games.

The Mustangs would need to reach the regular-season finale without another loss, and their next game against Central Florida (6-2, 4-0) appears to be the toughest game remaining until then. The Mustangs also have games against hapless Southern Miss (0-8, 0-4) and mediocre Rice (3-6,1-4).

Central Florida leads the East Division and already holds a tiebreaker over second place East Carolina, thanks to a 40-20 head-to-head victory earlier in the season. SMU's only CUSA loss came at the hands of Tulane (2-6, 2-2), who is likely out of the conference championship picture.

SMU still needs two victories to be eligible for a bowl game in addition to reaching the conference title game.


Conference USA Standings

(updated 10.28.2012 at 2:02 AM EDT)

East Conf Overall
W L W L
Central Florida Knights 4 0 6 2
East Carolina Pirates 4 1 5 4
Marshall Thundering Herd 2 2 3 5
Memphis Tigers 1 3 1 7
UAB Blazers 0 4 1 7
Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 0 4 0 8
West Conf Overall
W L W L
Tulsa Golden Hurricane 5 0 7 1
Houston Cougars 3 1 4 4
SMU Mustangs 3 1 4 4
Tulane Green Wave 2 2 2 6
Rice Owls 1 4 3 6
UTEP Miners 1 4 2 7


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