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Our weekly look at how the Sun Belt did

Another week of action is in the books for the Sun Belt Conference and BI contributor Roy Burkhart gives us a review on who is starting to separate themselves from the pack.

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Heading into Week 7, the Sun Belt Conference picture is starting to forumulate. Four teams are undefeated in conference play, and two programs have overall records of 5-1. Here's are breakdown of how the SBC did in week six.

Georgia Southern - (5-1) (3-0)

The Eagles look like they will continue to fly high over all competition. They took down conference foe NMSU 56-26 this week, and will have a short week before playing Appalachian state on Thursday. The Eagles will be evenly matched in this game of the top 2 SBC teams, and hope to make it  6 wins in a row.

Appalachian State – (5 -1) (2-0)

Dominated the ULM war hawks 59-14, putting up double digit points in each quarter, and looked stronger as the game went on. They must prepare in only a few days to get ready to take on the top team in the SBC on Thursday. This game might just show who the eventual conference winner will be.

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

 For three quarters South Alabama was the better team, but in the end the Red Wolves exploded in the 4th quarter to pull away, 49-31, and won their 2nd game in a row. The Red Wolves look to have found a stride at the midway point of the season. They will take on the 2-3 ULL Ragin Cajuns this week and should be a slight favorite at home, in what should be a match-up of  bowl bound teams.

Louisiana Lafayette - (2-3) (1-0)

The Ragin Cajuns took advantage of the long week in order to prepare for their trip to Arkansas State this Saturday. This will be a matchup of pretty even teams, and will determine who has the upper hand going forward as a frontrunner in the conference.

South Alabama – (3-3) (1-1)

The Jaguars hit a stumbling block this week when they played host to Arkansas state and fell 49-31. The Jags did everything the could for three quarters, but failed to close out the Red Wolves. This week they may get some relief as they travel to San Marcos to take on the struggling Bobcats of Texas State. The Jags managed a huge win last season over the Cats that eventually played a huge roll in eliminating the Bobcats from Bowl season. The Bobcats want revenge and the odds makers have Texas State as a 3.5 point favorite.

Georgia State(2-4) (1-1)

State got back on the winning track this week with a nice win over favored Ball St. 31-19. They used a 17 point second quarter to push the lead to 24-10, and never looked back. This win should put a renewed swagger back in the panthers walk as they go into a bye week to prepare for Arkansas state on the 31st.

Idaho(2-4) (1-2)

 In a battle of 1-4 SBC teams The Vandals managed a big victory beating Troy, 19-16, after almost giving up a 13 point lead in the 4th . The Vandals are happy to have a second win under their belt to avoid another one win season. Who knows maybe this will spur them to a few more wins, and that could be possible this week as they take on ULM who is struggling right now.

Texas State - (1-4) (0-1)

The Bobcats want to end the skid they are on in a bad way. They had the bye week to prepare for South Alabama; and this is a huge game for the Cats as they see south Alabama as the team who knocked them out of bowl contention last year. The Bobcats will not be favored this week even though they are at home.

Louisiana Monroe – (1-5) (0-2)

The War Hawks where absolutely embarrassed by Appalachian State, 59-14. They hope to rebound this week as they travel to Idaho to take on the vandals, this game will be a battle of the most beaten in the SBC, and neither team can claim to be the favorite. Good news, someone has to win. 

Troy- (1-5) (0-2)

Troy Alabama isn’t too proud of their football team right now, and for good reason. The Trojans fell to the Idaho, 19-16, on their home field to drop their record to 1-5 overall. The Good news is that Troy travels this week to face the bottom most team in the conference NMSU and should actually be favored to win. The Aggies won’t just play dead though as they are itching to get a win midway through this football season.

New Mexico State – (0-6) (0-2)

They fell to Georgia Southern by 30 points 56-26, but get to play host this week to Troy. The Trojans beat NMSU last year by a score of 41-24, and hope to do the same again this year. The Aggies hope to break the winless streak at 16 games, but the odds will not be in their favor.


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