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Our weekly look at how the Sun Belt Conference played out last week

After another week of action, Appalachian State has the best overall record (6-1) and is now bowl eligible. Two other teams already have three conference wins, and another win by Georgia Southern and they join App. State in being bowl eligible. BI Contributor Roy Burkhart gives us an entire recap on how the Sun Belt played out this past week.

Appalachian State - (6-1) (3-0)

A new leader sits atop the SBC conference, and its Appalachian state. The mountaineers Took their 5th straight win this week in a 31-13 win over Georgia Southern. App. St. seems to be in a zone right now, and no one can keep up. They have a long week to prepare for Troy who shouldn't pose much of a threat to the Mountaineers win streak. 

Arkansas State – (4-3) (3-0)

On a 3 game win streak after beating ULL, 37-27, they find themselves tied a top the conference at 3-0. Coming off  a real long week to prepare, the Red Wolves will look to pounce on Georgia State this week in Atlanta.

Georgia Southern - (5-2) (3-1)

The Eagles took a tumble this week, from the top of the conference to the 3rd position. They fell hard to Appalachian state, 31-13. Maybe a dose of reality for the Georgia Southern team or an abiration. Either way they look to get back on track, as they prepare to host a Bobcat team that seems to have found a little confidence. This should be a good game in Statesboro, but the Eagles will still be the favorites.

Idaho - (3-4) (2-2)

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week comes from Moscow.  The Vandals have managed to win 2 games in a row, and are playing with a swagger seldom seen by this Idaho team. They look like a team that can’t be over looked by anyone now, after their 27-13 win over UL Monroe. The Vandals travel to Las Cruces this week to take on the Aggies. This game should see Idaho as the favorite, and chances are they push their streak to 3 wins in a row.

Georgia State – (2-4) (1-1)

Georgia State had a bye week and now prepare for their trip to Arkansas State. This will be a game where the Red Wolves will be expected to top the Panthers, but State could send some shockwaves through the conference if they hand the Red Wolves their first SBC loss.

Texas State(2-4) (1-1)

Was it the Rain, was it the struggle, or was it revenge for last season’s loss to South Alabama that essentially eliminated them from a bowl? Who knows, but TXST played lights out last Saturday in a downpour of rain, and put a downpour on South Alabama, handing them a 36-18 win. The Bobcats post game celebration could be described as nothing less than jubilant, and they have a new confidence not seen since the start of the season. They face a tough test this week as they travel to Statesboro to face Georgia Southern in a nationally televised game on ESPNU.

Louisiana Lafayette (2-4) (1-1)

 The Ragin Cajuns took a tumble this week falling to Arkansas State 37-27. They have a couple extra days to prepare for in state rival UL Monroe, and the Cajuns should be favored to take this game and improve to 2-1 in conference play. Six games in, it will be interesting to see the Ragin' Cajuns start to turn it around, or will this be an offer year for the usual Sun Belt front runners.

South Alabama - (3-4) (1-2)

South Alabama finds themselves flipped upside down this week after sloshing through the rain in San Marcos last week and falling 36-18. The Jags gave up huge yards on the ground, and a 100 yd “kick Six”. They host Idaho in 2 weeks, as they have a much needed bye this week to get things back on track.

Troy – (2-5) (1-2)

The Trojans destroyed New Mexico State 52-7, and got back into the win column. They flew up and down the field at ease and the defense did its part to almost shut out the Aggies. Things don’t look so great this week though as they travel to take on Appalachian State, in a game where the Mountaineers will be heavily favored and expected to notch win number seven.

Louisiana Monroe - (1-6) (0-3)

Make it 5 losses in a row for the War Hawks, after falling to Idaho 27-13. Things look grim for ULM right now, and they must travel to Lafayette to take on in state rival ULL this week. This will be a fun rivalry game, with ULL favored, but in a rivalry, you just never know.

New Mexico State – (0-7) (0-3)

NMSU struggles might never end, but if they do they'll have to bring the "A" game in order to have a shot this week against Idaho. This game is nowhere near an automatic "W"  it may have once appeared to be. The Vandals are in the midst of a two game winning streak and have three wins on the season already. This could lead to NMSU's free fall, or the Aggies could see the win column for the first time this season.


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