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College Football Betting: Sun Belt Conference Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 7/6/2015 9:49:24 PM

Even though they share the same geographical footprint as Power 5 Leagues like the SEC and ACC, the Sun Belt Conference is generally an afterthought in college football. There is the occasional diamond in the rough talent that excels in the NFL but the teams themselves are rarely in the mix for any national consideration, in part because they usually beat up on each other. This league has had a lot of turnover over the last few season making it possible for a couple of newbies to be the favourites for the conference crown this season. Here is a closer look at the teams that have a good shot this season.

Appalachian State Mountaineers

Most know Appalachian State from that shocker win at Michigan a few years back but since then they have moved up in the world and now compete in D1. Last year they joined the Sun Belt and the more than held their own going 6-2 in the league. This year they return all but one starter on their offensive and defensive units which is why they are the favourite to take the league title and I believe they are bowl eligible too. There are not a lot of stars on this team but with so much experience returning they should avoid making mistakes. Its not sexy but it works.

Georgia Southern Eagles

When you face the Eagles you know you are going to get a steady diet of rushing the ball. They led the nation in rushing offense last season at a whopping 380+ypg which helped them ease into the Sun Belt with a perfect 8-0 record. They are not going to change much heading into year two and with their top back, Matt Breida, as well as their option triggerman returning, the offense should once again be lethal. Perhaps because they don’t get to practice against it the defense is susceptible to the pass. They need to shore it up if they want to be perfect in league play once again.

Arkansas State Red Wolves

Ark State has been building for a while now. The seven wins they had last year might have been the lowest they have had in the last four season but for the first time in that time span they start the season with the same coach. Throw in projected all-league QB Fredi Knighten and there is good reason to believe the Wolves can make the Sun Belt a three team race. He and Michael Gordon, who rushed for 1100 yards last season, give them one of the best backfields in the Sun Belt. No returning defensive player had more sacks last year than Ja’Von Rolland-Jones so the defense should be alright too.

The rest of the league could pretty much finish in any order as long as Idaho is on the bottom. Here is a stab at how things might shake out.

4. Texas State Bobcats

5. UL Lafayette Cajuns

6. UL Monroe Warhawks

7. New Mexico State

8. South Alabama Jaguars

9. Troy Trojans

10. Georgia State Panthers

11. Idaho Vandals

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