League teams went 4-2 in bowl games in 2008, giving the conference a nice springboard into the offseason.
But this offseason is important for some of the teams that won their bowls, most notably Rice and Tulsa. Both won with powerful offenses last season, and both are looking for new quarterbacks while also breaking in new offensive coordinators.
Southern Miss, another bowl winner, lost perhaps the league’s best defensive player in linebacker Gerald McRath. The Golden Eagles’ highest priority this spring is rebuilding at linebacker.
Here’s a look at each team and what it needs to accomplish in spring drills.