Sun Belt Standings

Getting into conference play, we begin looking into how the Sun Belt is shaping up. We'll have a weekly piece breaking down the standings and what's next for the teams.

Georgia Southern 4-2 (3-0)
Heading into Week 7, the Eagles appear to be top dawg in the SBC. Their rushing attack has been a juggernaut, rolling up 376 yards per game, 1st in the country, scoring 40pts a contest, good for 20th in the nation. Look for the Eagles to move to 4-0 in SBC play as they host winless Idaho on Saturday. They're only 2 losses have been to NC State and Georgia Tech by a combined 4 pts.

Arkansas State 3-2 (1-0)
The Red Wolves look to be a contender once again for the SBC crown. A match-up on the road against Georgia State shouldn't prove too many problems as they aim to go to 2-0 in conference.

Texas State 3-2 (1-0)
Coming off of a subpar performance, sophomore QB Tyler Jones and his stable of running backs still have this offense humming. Rushing for 259 yds a game, 16th best in the Nation and scoring 39pts a game, good enough for 26th in the country. They'll need every bit of it in a Tuesday night prime time showdown with ULL on ESPN2. The winner will move to 2-0 in SBC play and could set the tone for the rest of their season.

Louisiana Lafayette 2-3 (1-0)
QB Terrence Broadway is struggling with accuracy, throwing for more picks than touchdowns (7 to 6). The Ragin' Cajun escaped at home beating GSU 34-31. Their offense is uncharacteristically struggling and the defense is allowing a 35pts a contest. Heading into Tuesday night's game against TXST, this could bode well for the Bobcats or look to see if ULL turns it around and continues their quest for another Sun Belt crown.

South Alabama 3-2 (2-1)
Nothing jumps out at you on the stat sheet for the Jags, but Head Coach Joey Jones has the ship headed in the right direction. USA hosts a very beatable GSU team on Saturday and don't be surprised to see USA move to 3-1 in SBC play after Saturday.

Louisiana Monroe 3-2 (2-1)
Stepping out of conference play, will travel to SEC territory and tangle with a Kentucky team that is 4-1 on the year and who's only loss came in triple overtime to Florida. Not an easy game for the Warhawks, who will be fighting for supremacy in the SBC as the season goes on.

New Mexico State 2-4 (1-1)
Surprisingly, could very well be 4-2 and 2-0 in SBC play after falling late to Ga Southern last week. They travel to a win less Troy team and if NMSU can handle the road environment, they'll be 2-1 before the weekend is out.

Troy 0-5 (0-1)
Shocking is the word to describe the once proud SBC program. A loss to New Mexico State would keep them in last place along with Idaho. After 5 straight seasons of 8 or more wins, the last coming in 2010, Troy has had a couple of under achieving seasons. Head Coach Larry Blakeney will be retiring after his 24 straight year with the Trojans, but still winless, it appears the team may have already checked out as well.

Appalachian State 1-4 (0-2)
In their first year of making the jump to the FBS ranks, the Mountaineers continue the grueling transition and will play host to Liberty in search of their second win on the season.

Georgia State 1-4 (0-2)
After starting the season with a win over Abilene Christian, the Panthers have lost 4 straight and are expected to make it 5 losses in a row when they host Arkansas State. Two of their losses have been by the identical score of 34-31 in two competitive games against New Mexico and ULL. However, the Red Wolves simply have too much talent and should roll the Panthers.

Idaho 0-5 (0-3)
In a gutsy, competitive game against TXST last week, the Vandals did surprise some. They are on the road again this week and taking on a Ga. Southern team that should carve up their defense that's giving up nearly 37pts a match. Expect Idaho to remain winless.

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