Around The Sun Belt: Week 7
Arkansas State: 2-3 (1-0) Coming off of a bye week, Arkansas State matches up with Idaho at home. This is an interesting matchup because we'll see how Idaho compares with Sun Belt competition for the first time this year. Idaho will be a part of the Sun Belt Conference next season. TV: TBA Georgia State: 0-5 Yet to win a game, Georgia State sits at the bottom of the Sun Belt still. As the nation expected, they were clobbered by Alabama last week 45-3. This week they face Troy, who hasn't had a problem scoring this season. Georgia State does lead the conference in 3rd down conversion percentage somehow, so maybe it isn't time to completely throw the towel in on the Panthers. TV: ESPN 3 UL Lafayette: 3-2 (1-0) For those that don't know yet, Lafayette was not kind to Texas State in Louisiana last Saturday. The Ragin Cajuns showed they could be efficient on both sides of the ball allowing no touchdowns (until garbage time) while scoring at will. QB Terrance Broadway will lead the team into Western Kentucky next Tuesday, a team that leads the conference in 3rd down stops. This is still the team to beat in the Sun Belt. TV: ESPN 2 UL Monroe: 2-4 (0-1) The Warhawks travel to San Marcos this week after coming off of a 31-10 loss to Western Kentucky. Interestingly, UL Monroe allows the fewest yards off of kick returns in the nation. Of course Texas State plays them the week after they return 2 kickoffs for TDs. This seems to be a must win for both schools, as neither want to start conference play 0-2. TV: Longhorn Network South Alabama: 2-3 (1-1) Their visit to Troy last week ended in a loss, although it was only by a point. South Alabama has a ball-hawking secondary that leads the conference with 7 interceptions and a front seven that leads in sacks per game. The South Alabama offense averages a first down every pass. With these stats, shouldn't they be favorites in the Sun Belt? It's yet to be seen, but they do have time to regroup after their heartbreaker to Troy with a bye in week 7. Troy: 3-3 (1-1) The Trojans got away by the skin of their teeth last week at home, and travel to Georgia State to play an all but guaranteed win. Their QB, Corey Robinson, leads the Sun Belt in completion percentage and completions per game, meaning they are by far the most efficient passing offense in the conference. They seem to be up with UL Lafayette as the most dangerous team this season. If they hadn't given up 133 points in their last 3 games, they would probably be first in the conference. TV: Sun Belt Network Western Kentucky: 4-2 (1-1) Western Kentucky got their first conference win last Saturday. Their defense has given up the fewest first downs in the conference while the offense has had the most first downs. Right now they're allowing the fewest points per game and are #1 in total offense and total defense. They're forecasted to finish top 3 with Lafayette and Troy. Their game against Lafayette this Tuesday will be the Sun Belt game of the week. TV: ESPN 2
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