Fri 07/08/2015 - 09:19 EDT

Back To School: A Sun Belt Conference College Football Preview

Back To School: A Sun Belt Conference College Football Preview
Who will reign supreme in the Sun Belt Conference in 2015? Could Georgia Southern walk away with another flawless conference W-L record? Will Arkansas State, UL Lafayette and Appalachian State roam as the Sun Belt's big dogs? Here's a quick look at how this conference stacks up.

What Happened Last Year

The Eagles of Georgia Southern had a stellar campaign under first year coach Willie Fritz. The school enjoyed a flawless 8-0 record within the Sun Belt and earned the conference championship as a result. Employing a spread option offense, Georgia Southern ran wild on a number of opposing defenses and looked superb doing so. Louisiana–Lafayette also a had a strong year (7-1 in the conference) and ranked as the only Sun Belt school to notch a bowl win last season. The Ragin' Cajuns emerged with a 16-3 win over Nevada in the New Orleans Bowl.

Who's A Good Bet To Win This Year?

Sun Belt schools are never pegged as anything that'll sneak into the National Championship picture (Appalachian State's 8000/1 title odds should illustrate that), but the conference provides its share of entertaining football and a competitive collection of clubs. The sexy options within the Sun Belt include UL-Lafayette, Arkansas State and Georgia Southern, but we're enamored with Appalachian State. The Mountaineers are now full-fledged FBS members and they're a team on the rise. The defense features 10 returning starters, including a noteworthy linebacker corps. Appalachian State just needs the D to be functional in 2015 and if that happens they can get a lot of mileage out of an improving offense. QB Taylor Lamb broke the school's freshman passing record last year and appears set to continue progressing as the star pivot. Marcus Cox appears capable of great things this year and Lamb has the gift of being reunited with a fleet of wideouts that played with him last season. Appalachian State aren't tourists in this conference, they've come to play. They may face 8000/1 odds to win the national title, but we like their odds in the Sun Belt.

Our Pick: Appalachian State

A Sleeper Team To Keep Your Eye On

UAB's loss was South Alabama's gain. The Jaguars scooped up a large chunk of the disbanded program's refugee players and plunked them into their lineup. That means South Alabama has newly acquired talent like QB Cody Clements and wide receiver D.J. Vinson to work with. The program's on the rise and there's a lot of curiosity attached to whether or not the injection of UAB players will help or hurt South Alabama. It's hard to predict how it'll pan out, but we're intrigued to see the results.

Our Pick: South Alabama

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