(Sorted by average amount brought in by a school, per season)
(Individual bowl game amounts were compiled using figures provided by collegefootballpoll.com).
Conference USA has undergone a number of changes since 1999-2000, when the league had nine members. Now, Conference USA has 12 members, but will be losing Houston, Memphis, SMU, and UCF to the Big East after this season.
Its not surprising that the more successful teams in Conference USA, Louisville and TCU, have been poached by the Big East and Big 12, respectively. After this season, Tulsa and Southern Miss will be the most successful teams to not have been invited to join a power six conference.
With Conference USA dropping to eight members in football after this season, the conference will need to figure out a plan for the future. One such plan involved a merger between CUSA and the Mountain West, which likely won’t happen. An association seems more likely – but, even then, that doesn’t solve the problem of losing members. Conference USA has been after Appalachian State for some time now. Charlotte, James Madison, Delaware, UTSA, and Texas State appear to be possible candidates to join Conference USA. And don’t count out North Texas and Louisiana Tech from being considered for CUSA membership. Louisiana Tech actually makes a lot of sense – it would eliminate a lot of travel for WAC schools as well as for Louisiana Tech and is more or less a lateral move in conferences.