Around The Sun Belt - Week 11
Shootouts ruled the Sun Belt's week 10 schedule. Three teams needed 40 or more points to win, including Louisiana-Lafayette who surprisingly needed 49 points to get by 1-7, now 1-8 New Mexico State. Monroe topped Troy, 49-37 Thursday night taking over as the number two team in the conference. Western Kentucky took care of Georgia State, making the Bobcats (2-2 in conference) final three games in the Sun Belt (Troy - 3-2, Western Kentucky - 2-3, and Arkansas State - 2-1) extremely important to the automatic bowl bid status. On a bye this week, Texas State needs Arkansas St. to muck up the conference race even more by defeating Monroe Saturday November 9 in prime-time on ESPN3. Troy will try to upend Lafayette Thursday night in the conference's other game of the week, which can be seen on ESPNU. Louisiana-Monroe, Troy and Western Kentucky can reach bowl eligiblity with wins this weekend. Texas State has landed commitments #20 and #21 in the last two weeks, giving the Bobcats the most commits of any Sun Belt school and the 18th highest number in the nation, one commit behind National Champion Alabama. The Ragin' Cajuns class still ranks two spots higher than the Bobcats (76th and 78th in the country) but the Bobcats are just one 3-star commit away from tying Lafaette's 3-star mark of 4 (best in the conference). In our weekly leaderboard checkup it has finally happened: Monroe's Isaiah Newsome has been passed up on the interception return yards national rankings. His 175 INT return yards now ranks second to Tulane's Lorenzo Doss, who took a pick 69 yards to the house this past week in a 34-17 loss to Florida Atlantic. Doss also ranks second in the country in interceptions, with 6. Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews is still tops in the nation in rushing after running 110 yards this past weekend, his 8th straight game over 100 yards. Bowl projections are in full swing. Heck they were a long time ago, but now they matter. Even though Texas State is bowl eligible, it doesn't mean that they are going to get invited. Even at a 67% win percentage, the Bobcats are not projected to make a bowl game by CBS or ESPN. SB Nation has Texas State projected to go to Boise. If the 67 percent holds true and Texas State finishes 8-4, it still might not be enough. They will likely need at least eight wins, making the final three games of the season, all in conference, extremely crucial.
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