Week 8

Sun Belt Week 8 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know


What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 8 of the Sun Belt season.


Sun Belt Week 8 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know

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Sun Belt Week 8 Rankings

1. Troy (6-1)
2. Appalachian State (5-2)
3. Georgia Southern (4-3)
4. Arkansas State (2-4)
5. South Alabama (3-4)
6. New Mexico State (2-5)
7. Louisiana-Lafayette (2-2)
8. Idaho (4-4)
9. ULM (2-5)
10. Georgia State (2-5)
11. Texas State (2-5)

Sun Belt Week 8 Roundup

Here’s how weird the ultra-weird Sun Belt continues to be. South Alabama beat Mississippi State, and it handed San Diego State its only loss, and yet it’s 0-4 in conference play after getting bombed on by Brandon Silvers and Troy in a fun weekday game. The Trojans still have just one loss on the year to Clemson. … ULM was in for a long day against New Mexico’s ground game, and it showed. The Warhawk defensive front that’s been miserable all year, and its problems continued giving up over nine yards per carry with 476 rushing yards and five scores in the 59-17 loss. ULM QB Caleb Evans completed 12-of-15 passes for 129 yards, while Will Collins missed all seven of his throws with a pick. … Appalachian State remained perfect in conference play thanks to the defense. The Mountaineers gave up 357 yards of Idaho O in the 37-19 win, but they picked off three passes. The Vandals got a decent day out of the passing game, at least until Matt Linehan threw the picks, while Taylor Lamb was brilliant for ASU completing 18-of-23 throws for 220 yards. … Tennessee-Martin is a good, dangerous FCS team, and Georgia State dumped it in a blowout 31-6 win. The Panthers struggled way too much offensively, but they came up with four takeaways. … Life’s a lot easier, Louisiana-Lafayette, if you can block a little bit. It couldn’t against Appalachian State, and got shut out. It did against Texas State, and it won 27-3. Anthony Jennings completed 18-of-22 passes for the Ragin’ Cajuns, while Elijah McGuire ran 20 times for 112 yards and two scores. … The Georgia Southern offense might not be humming like normal, but it’s good enough to get by. It struggled to get going in the 22-19 win over New Mexico State, getting the win on of all things, the passing game. Kevin Ellison completed 7-of-8 throws and ran 20 times for 117 yards, with his two scoring passes the difference. Larry Rose still can’t get going for the Aggies, running for 81 yards on 22 carries.

Sun Belt Week 8 Bowl Projections

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Arkansas State

Dollar General Bowl
Central Michigan vs. South Alabama

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Eastern Michigan vs. Troy

AutoNation Cure Bowl
Tulsa vs. Georgia Southern

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Appalachian State vs. Colorado State