There is both a major advantage and a major disadvantage to writing about the Sun Belt Conference; the major advantage being that you don’t know shit about the conference, and the major disadvantage being that neither do I. With that said, let’s see what we can bullshit each other into believing makes sense.
- Troy Trojans 9-3 (7-0)
State Blue Raiders 8-4 (6-1) Tennessee Indians 7-5 (5-2) Arkansas State
- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 5-7 (4-3)
North TexasMean Green 3-9 (2-5) Atlantic Owls 2-11 (2-5) Florida
- Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 2-10 (1-6)
International Golden Panthers 1-11 (1-6) Florida
Just to give you an idea of how little I know what I’m talking about, I picked
Bowl Bound Teams
The Sun Belt champion gets an automatic bid in the New Orleans Bowl, so book
Players To Watch
- Omar Haugabook, QB,
, SR Troy
- Calvin Dawson, RB,
Monroe, SR La.
- Tyrell Johnson, S,
, SR Arkansas State
- Damon Nickson, S, Middle
, SR Tennessee
- Tyrell Fenroy, RB,
Lafayette, JR La.
Haughabook is the pre-season Player of the Year, and is coming off an above-average 21-17 TD-INT ratio, so watch out for him.
(Media All-Conference Picks here.)
Best Chance For An Upset
World Beaters (Toughest Schedule)
Sucka Ducks (Weakest Schedule)
Louisiana-Lafayette. The Rajin’ Cajuns non-conference schedule opens at
Louisiana-Lafayette Rajin’ Cajuns. C’mon. That one was easy. (
How Bad Is The Sun Belt?
Pretty bad. Over the past five years, not one program has a cumulative record above .500. Only one team has repeated as conference champ (North Texas, 2001-04, when they were running wild with Patrick Cobbs & Jamario Thomas), no team has posted double-digit wins, and La.-Monroe shared the conference title in 2005 with a 5-6 record. Only