Conference USA Football Standings 2012: Rice making late push to jump Houston

Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

The Rice Owls are on a three-game winning streak and could jump the Houston Cougars in the final week of C-USA action.

No team is rising faster in Conference USA than the Rice Owls. The only conference team on a three-game winning streak heading into the final week of the regular season beat fellow West Division squad Southern Methodist on Saturday to move to 5-6 on the year and 3-4 in C-USA play.

Rice sits in fourth place in C-USA, but third could be within reach.

The toppling of the Mustangs, who are second place in C-USA West, wasn't taken advantage of by the third-place Houston Cougars. They lost 44-41 on Saturday after a second-half rally fell short against Marshall, and now the Cougars sit with the Owls at 3-4 in conference play.

Houston (4-7) holds the tiebreaker, but with a finale against C-USA West's leader in Tulsa this week, the Owls could very well jump the Cougars in the final standings. Rice plays the UTEP Miners, who are just 2-5 in conference action, in its final game.

Tulane sits alone at the bottom of C-USA West.

Here's a look at the full C-USA standings.

WEST CONF OVERALL
W L W L
Tulsa Golden Hurricane 7 0 9 2
SMU Mustangs 4 3 5 6
Rice Owls 3 4 5 6
Houston Cougars 3 4 4 7
UTEP Miners 2 5 3 8
Tulane Green Wave 2 5 2 9
EAST CONF OVERALL
W L W L
Central Florida Knights 6 1 8 3
East Carolina Pirates 6 1 7 4
Marshall Thundering Herd 4 3 5 6
Memphis Tigers 3 4 3 8
UAB Blazers 2 5 3 8
Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 0 7 0 11

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