Conference USA football standings 2012: Houston and Rice struggling

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After five weeks, Houston and Rice have struggled to keep their head above water in Conference USA

After five weeks, the Conference USA standings are starting to come together. Tulsa is pacing the conference so far at 4-1 overall and 2-0 in conference, but the Golden Hurricane have yet to play the more difficult portion of their schedule.

The Houston Cougars sit in second place in the West division at 1-0 after a victory over the crosstown rival Rice Owls, but are 1-3 overall and have looked fairly poor under first year head coach Tony Levine. Rice have performed fairly well offensively this year, but their 123rd ranked scoring defense has let them down consistently.

Houston will host North Texas on Saturday, and Rice will travel to Memphis to take on the Tigers. Both programs should have decent shots at picking up wins.

The full conference standings are as follows:

Conference USA East Conf. W-L Overall W-L
East Carolina 2-0 3-2
Marshall 1-0 2-3
Central Florida 0-0 2-2
Memphis 0-0 0-4
Southern Miss 0-1 0-4
UAB 0-1 0-4
Conference USA West Conf. W-L Overall W-L
Tulsa 2-0 4-1
Houston 1-0 1-3
SMU 0-0 1-3
UTEP 0-1 1-4
Tulane 0-1 0-4
Rice 0-2 1-4

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