How in the world do you come up with UCF as one of C-USA's top football programs (should they join)- try one of the worst. USF certainly hasn't earned that honor either.
Fine. Place another CUSA school (existing or proposed) into the list. Regardless, the results are the same: A distinct absence of perennial powers or supreme draws. ECU is in decline, as are Houston. Rice? SMU? Tulsa? UAB or Tulane, both of which almost dropped football this year?
As for the MAC, I'd use the words "best football teams this year" - of the top 5, only 2 have been to a bowl in a long, long time (to the best of my recollection).
a) The MAC only has two bowl ties to play with, and their teams rarely get invited elsewhere. No one wants to lose to a "lesser school" on national TV.
b) Again, just comparing the two leagues, not claiming anyone was ready to stampede the BCS year-after-year.
As a league, the CUSA may indeed play better ball now and prove much better in the long run. As I said before, they certainly have better cards to play with right now, and are definitely the deeper conference. But if Marshall were to stay put and given the other prospective changes, I think the gap between programs within the top half of each league is growing smaller, not larger. Just my opinion.