--Southern Illinois at Drake . The grizzled veteran champs visit this year's "it" team in the MVC.
--Akron at Dayton. These two are a combined 21-3.
--Houston at UMass. These two are a combined 21-3. Deja vu.
--VCU at James Madison. Two of the top three CAA teams in the non-conference.
--UALR at New Orleans. Two of the better Sun Belt West clubs.
--LSU at Tulane. In-state rivalry alert, and Tulane is probably a better team for the first time in awhile.
--New Mexico at UTEP. These two are a combined 21-4.