Here’s the sun… belt

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Appalachian State pulled off an upset over Texas A&M over the weekend with a 17-14 win.

Appalachian State pulled off an upset over Texas A&M over the weekend with a 17-14 win.
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There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding college football right now as the landscape of the game seems to be forever changing. Texas and Oklahoma are joining the SEC. USC and UCLA join the Big 10. It looks like we’re going to have two super conferences that will be top-notch, and then there’s everyone else.

Change is inherently scary, but nothing is really changing because college football already has one super conference: The Sun Belt.

Saturday featured several big and completely unexpected upsets all at the hands of the same conference. Not only that, but the same division: The Sun Belt East. Sunbelt West has just started to lose weight, and so far, I couldn’t care less about them. Whoever wins this division will lose. By a physically, mentally and spiritually superior East representative in the conference championship game.

Marshall won at Notre Dame, Appalachian State showed its recruiting class should have been ranked the best in the nation by beating Texas A&M, and Georgia Southern continued Scott Frost’s tenure at Nebraska ( or mercy killing) did, leading to its firing. Not only that, but Old Dominion beat Virginia Tech a week ago for the second time in five years, and Georgia State lost to North Carolina (as did Epp the week before).

Also in this division is JMU, A team that New to FBS, but FCS, and perennial national championship contender in Coastal Carolina, who have lost three matches in the last two years, That included an undefeated regular season in 2020.

So now that we’ve established that this division is currently the best in college football, what are the odds that one of these teams will represent a Group of Five in a New Year’s Six bowl?

Usual contenders Houston and Cincinnati have each already lost, so their chances don’t look good. The two most likely teams are Air Force of the Mountain West and BYU, which is independent.

Air Force is favored in every game this season, and if they are able to run the table, there will likely be a pick. BYU also beat a top-10 team that weekend, beating then-No. 9 Baylor.

BYU actually has a pretty interesting schedule, filled with inferior competition from the Sun Belt, such as the Pac-12, Mountain West, and SEC. This week they play at Oregon where they are slight underdogs. Then in October they play at Notre Dame followed by a home game against Arkansas.

I think if there is any justice in the world, and BYU loses at Notre Dame, Marshall should move up in the rankings because he was able to do the job. Appalachian State vs. Marshall on Nov. 12 will also be shifted to a primetime slot on ABC.

In the NFL, it’s like playing against Alabama every week, he says. Well that’s certainly true for this distribution. The talent in the Sun Belt East is clearly better than either BYU or Air Force, so unfortunately I think they’ll eat themselves alive as one battle of the titans leaves both teams tired for the next one. , making sure there is no single dominant team.

So who’s going to win the Sun Belt East, AKA national championship? My prediction is Appalachian State. They’ve shown they can win defensive battles, as they did in a 17-14 rout of Texas A&M, and that they can score plenty of points when needed in a narrow 64-62 loss against North Carolina. are

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