Around The Sun Belt - Week 14

Every week, BI takes you around the conference to catch you up on what else is happening to Texas State's competition and inside the conference.

Georgia State came up short again and Texas State was flattened this week, which all but put the Bobcats bowl chances in 2013 to rest.

The Red Wolves had all they could handle Saturday as the winless Georgia State Panthers gave the Red Wolves a run for their money. Georgia State outgained Arkansas State 432-290 but surrendered 21 points in the third quarter and fell apart. It was the Panthers 5th loss of the season by 10 points or less.

Texas State's loss put the Bobcats in the cellar - 7th place - .5 games behind South Alabama. No bowl will look favorably on a losing conference record when considering a team to represent their bowl and the crowd of a little over 17,000 didn't help Texas State's chances. Tyler Arndt was dreadful going 1 for 5 with 3 interceptions. Unfortunately it was in the most important game in Texas State's recent, short FBS history, and he failed to deliver, badly.

South Alabama defeated Louisiana Monroe 36-14, in a game the Warhawks led for three minutes. Monroe was held to just 1.8 yards per carry and were gashed on the ground. It ended a three-game losing streak for the Jaguars, which started with Tyler Jones Hail Mary pass that eventually won Texas State the game on October 26. Five of South Alabama's six losses have come by seven points or less.

All 8 teams will be in conference action this week. Texas State faces Troy in the conference's only Friday game. The Trojans have lost three straight and will try for a fourth straight week to become bowl eligible when the 'Cats come to town. FBS newcomers Georgia State and South Alabama play Saturday. Lafayette and Monroe renew their rivalry as well, a rivalry that the Rajin' Cajuns have won five years in a row. Arkansas State travels to face Western Kentucky.

Looking back on this conference season, with still five games to go, it was a conference that had a lot of close games, but ultimately has been controlled by the old faces. Maybe next year will be controlled by some new ones. Four new teams (Idaho, New Mexico State, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern - who just shocked Florida - will enter. Western Kentucky will depart.

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