Sun Belt Breakdown (Week 9)

Heading down the turn to the stretch run, teams are jockeying for position in the conference standings. Georgia Southern sits a top at 5-0, with three to four teams in striking distance.

Texas State is right there in the mix and still has to play three teams in front of them in the standings. Here's a look at how the Sun Belt is shaping up.

Georgia Southern 6-2 (5-0)
The Eagles continue to roll as they stomped Georgia State, 69-31, on Saturday. They will take the #1 rushing attack in the nation averaging over 400 yards a game and look to move to 6-0 in conference play as they host one win Troy this weekend.

Louisiana Lafayette 4-3 (3-0)
The Ragin' Cajuns showed in prime time on a national stage that the Sun Belt Championship will once again go through them, topping Arkansas State, 55-40. That sets up another showdown on Saturday with South Alabama visiting Lafayette.

South Alabama 5-2 (4-1)
USA handled Troy and notched their 4th straight win. The Jaguars will be in for a very though match-up against ULL this Saturday in what will be a contest of the new blood versus the old blood. The Jaguars will look to make their mark in the Sun Belt if they can somehow pull off the upset on the road of the defending conference champs.

Arkansas State 4-3 (2-1)
At times against ULL, looked over-matched trailing by 25 early on, but much to their credit, the Red Wolves fought back and were able to put up 40 points on the Ragin' Cajuns. Ark St. will be favored in their final five games so it will be interesting to see if they close on a run and march towards bowl eligibility once again.

Texas State 4-3 (2-1)
After a surprising road win, their first ever in the SBC over ULM, the Bobcats look to continue their momentum in Las Cruces against New Mexico State. The Aggies are reeling losing 6 straight, so the 'Cats could pounce on them at the right time. Expectations are for the Bobcats to get win number 5.

Louisiana Monroe 3-4 (2-2)
ULM led by 15 at the half over TXST, but were not able to hang on for the "W". Now the Warhawks go out of conference and travel to Texas A&M. The Aggies should be foaming at the mouth after getting humiliated by Alabama, 59-0, and will look to take it out on ULM.

Appalachian State 2-5 (1-2)
The Mountaineers return to action after a bye week and look for their second conference win in a row, and third of the season against a struggling Georgia State team that is win-less in SBC play and has lost seven in a row.

Troy 1-7 (1-3)
South Alabama got up 24-6 at one point and it was simply too much for the inept Trojan offense to overcome. They don't have much time to turn it around as they travel to conference front runner Ga. Southern for a Thursday night national game on ESPNU. Things could get ugly for the once proud Troy program.

New Mexico State 2-6 (1-3)
After losing six straight, maybe having a bye is what the Aggies needed. They'll host Texas State for a rare afternoon kickoff from Aggie Memorial Stadium and look to end their skid.

Idaho 1-6 (1-4)
The opposite of NMSU, the Vandals got off their snide with a win against the Aggies and had a week to enjoy it. Now they return to action by traveling to Jonesboro for a very tough game with the Red Wolves. Expect Arkansas State to roll in this one.

Georgia St. 0-5 (1-7)
It wasn't a total walk in the park for Ga. Southern as the Panthers fought hard and were within striking distance at the half, trailing 27-17. Eventually Georgia State would run out of juice and succumb to a 42-14 second half outburst by the Eagles. GSU will seek their first SBC win on the road at Appalachian State.

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