ECU, Southern Miss play for spot in title game

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A spot in the Conference USA championship game is on the line when East Carolina and Southern Miss wrap up the regular season.

A win by the defending league champion Pirates (7-4, 6-1) on Saturday would give them home-field advantage for next week's showdown with the West winner, either No. 25 Houston or SMU.

Southern Miss (7-4, 5-2) can reach the league championship for the first time since 2006 with a victory. The Golden Eagles are chasing their fifth Conference USA title and first since 2003.

The winner of the league title game goes to the Liberty Bowl.

The Golden Eagles have dominated the rivalry, winning 15 of 17 meetings in Greenville and losing only twice since C-USA play began in 1997.

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