A look back at how the Sun Belt did

BI contributor Roy Burkhart gives us his weekly recap of how the Sun Belt fared in Week 5 action. Georgia Southern and South Alabama started off conference play with a win, while others wrapped up non-conference play.

Georgia Southern - (4-1) (2-0)

The Eagles continue to look impressive, this past week they took out conference foe ULM 51-31 on the stregnth of their potent ground game, racking up 455 yards. Georgia southern looks to continue their win streak, but will have to wait a week since they have a bye.

South Alabama – (3-2) (1-0)

The Jaguars took the bragging rights in South Alabama this week with a hard fought battle over Troy, an in conference Rival. They took the game 24-18, now they have an extra few days to get ready Arkansas State. The Jags look to be evenly matched in this one in what should be a good game to watch.

Arkansas State - (2-3) (1-0)

 Arkansas St. took to the field against bottom dwelling Idaho, and the Vandals did put up a fight, hanging around. The Red Wolves won by 2 touchdowns 49-35. They can’t be super happy about the lack of defense, but the offense made up for it, this week they have a few extra days to prepare for a battle with South Alabama.

Georgia State - (1-3) (1-0)

Continuing their non conference play GSU failed to get win number two. They fell to Liberty university 41-33, unable to stop the offense and unable to score enough to overcome it. They play host to the 3-1 Appalachian State Mountaineers this week, and won’t be favored.

Appalachian State – (3-1) (0-0)

The Mountaineers absolutely destroyed Wyoming this week 31-13, and look to clicking as they start SBC play. Can the Panthers derail the train this week, when App.St. travels to play Georgia State? Probably not, and look for App. State to roll.

Texas State(1-3) (0-0)

The Bobcats had a week off to get their minds right, and they needed it. They seemed to be reeling after the embarrassing loss to Houston, which was the precursor to the resignation of DC John Thompson. Brad Franchione takes the reigns of the Bobcat D as the team look to regain some footing this week when they travel to play conference foe ULL.

Louisiana Lafayette (1-3) (0-0)

 In somewhat of a suprise, the Cajuns where dismantled by in state foe Louisiana Tech this week 43-14, and looked completely out-matched in every aspect of the game. They will host a fellow SBC team this week that is struggling just as much, in Texas State. This should be a fun matchup and pretty evenly matched, could go either way, ULL is a -3.5 favorite.

Louisiana Monroe - (1-3) (0-1)

ULM had a hard week this week on and off the field, they fell by a 20 point margin 51-31 to Georgia Southern. However the low point of the week came the day after the game, when news broke of the passing of teammate and backup QB Daniel Fitzwater. The Warhawks must find a way to prepare, as they travel to play Tulsa this week. Tulsa will be favored in this match up as the Warhawks try to move on and play for the memory of their fallen teammate.

Troy – (1-3) (0-1)

The Trojans fell to in state rival South Alabama this week 24-18, heartbreaker!!! Now they must travel to face a much bigger, stronger, faster Team in Mississippi State. This one should be decided early, and The Bulldogs should take this one with ease and see Troy fall to 1-4.

New Mexico St.- (0-4) (0-1)

Rivalry games usually bring out the best, and this one didn't disappoint. The Aggies fell to New Mexico this week 38-29, as the Lobos scored the final 9 points in the contest, carving out the "W". This week the Aggies have an even taller task as they travel to play Ole Miss, #14 ranked Ole Miss that is. An interesting article on ESPN talked about the Aggies this week, and their struggle to justify keeping the struggling program going, a common problem right now among several smaller school programs.

Idaho – (1-4) (0-2)

The vandals fall to the bottom of the conference ranks this week after losing to Arkansas State 49-35. Idaho’s struggles continue week after week it seems, but on the bright side they have an extra week to prepare for Troy on the 17th. That should be a contested game as both programs are struggling mightily.

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