At stake for the Cougars will be a BCS bid, the first in history for a C-USA team, if they can beat either the Golden Eagles or Thundering Herd. Southern Miss controls their own destiny, with a home game against lowly Memphis. If the Tigers were able to pull a massive upset, then Marshall could win the C-USA Eastern DIvision with a win over East Carolina today.
As if the Cougars needed any more of an advantage, next week's title game will take place at Houston, who will host their second C-USA Championship (their third appearance since the game's creation). The last time Houston hosted a C-USA title, however, they lost to East Carolina in 2009.