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College Football Preview: The Other Conferences

Rakeem Cato, Marshall
Conference USA
1. East Carolina
2. Marshall
3. Middle Tennessee
4. UAB
5. Southern Miss
6. Florida International
7. Florida Atlantic

1. Tulsa
2. Louisiana Tech
3. Rice
4. North Texas
7. Tulane

Top Players:
Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall
The huge-armed quarterback can make all the throws and can move around and extend plays with his legs. Cato threw for 4,201 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2012.

Logan Kilgore, QB, Middle Tennessee
Kilgore enters his third season as starting QB of the Blue Raiders after two straight 2,000 yard seasons. Many of his favorite targets including Kyle Griswould return.

Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
The speedy quick Grant had 1,149 receiving yards last season without much help at quarterback. If Joe Montana's son, Nick, manages the QB job well Grant could have a huge year.

Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
1. Kent State
2. Bowling Green
3. Ohio
4. Miami (Ohio)
5. Buffalo
6. UMass
7. Akron

1. Northern Illinois
2. Toledo
3. Ball State
4. Western Michigan
5. Central Michigan
6. Eastern Michigan

Top Players:
Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois
The dual threat Lynch was a huge reason why the Huskies stunned the nation and snuck into the Orange Bowl. Lynch rode his accurate arm and mobility to No.7 in the Heisman race in 2012.

Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
The explosive Archer is very versatile; he can do damage as a back or in the slot and has game-breaking speed.

Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
The Buffalo Bulls had the second best defense in the MAC last year and Khalil Mack was the leader of that unit. The senior can make plays stopping the run and also is a huge help in coverage.

Sun Belt

Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
1. Western Kentucky
2. Louisiana-Lafayette
3. Louisiana-Monroe
4. Troy
5. Arkansas State
6. Texas State
7. South Alabama
8. Georgia State

Top Players:
Antonio Andrews, RB, Western Kentucky
Andrews could do some real damage this season. He ran for 1,728 yards in 2012 and now could be in one of the nation's most exciting offenses with Bobby Petrino coming in as coach.

Terrance Broadway, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette
A big part of the Ragin' Cajuns offensive success last year was the explosive Broadway. The Houston transfer took over at quarterback and accounted for 3,611 yards of total offense.

Andrew Jackson, LB, Western Kentucky
Jackson had a huge 2012 and returns to this Hilltoppers' team after contemplating going pro. Jackson is extremely quick to the ball and had 17.5 tackles for loss last season.

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