Sun Belt Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games

Sun Belt Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games

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Sun Belt Conference Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games


The final look at the 2017 Sun Belt season, with the final rankings by opinions and top seasons, top players, coaches and games. 

Sun Belt Roundup: Final Rankings, Top Players, Coaches, Games

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Sun Belt Final Analysis

It wasn’t boring.

If there was ever a year to have some sort of a conference championship game, this would’ve been it. Appalachian State didn’t play Troy or Arkansas State, meaning there was a tie at the top for the title.

However, a great bowl season ended up showing just how solid the league was, with Troy, Appalachian State, Georgia State and New Mexico State all coming up with big wins. Throw in Troy’s win over LSU during the season, and there was plenty to chirp about.

However, there were some down spots. As good as New Mexico State might have been, this was it, as it got kicked to the curb of independents. Idaho has been banished, too.

Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama fired their coaches, Georgia Southern replaced its coach halfway through the season, and Coastal Carolina didn’t have Joe Moglia for the year as he dealt with a medical issue.

Sun Belt Final Rankings (by opinion)

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

Sun Belt Final Rankings (by season & merit)

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

Sun Belt Coaching Rankings

1. Neal Brown, Troy
2. Doug Martin, NMSU
3. Shawn Elliott, Georgia State
4. Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State
5. Blake Anderson, Arkansas State
6. Matt Viator, ULM
7. Paul Petrino, Idaho
8. Joey Jones, South Alabama (fired)
9. Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette (fired)
10. Chad Lunsford/Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern
11. Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina (interim)
12. Everett Withers, Texas State

Sun Belt Top Ten Players

1. DE Ja’Von Rolland-Jones, Ark St
2. QB Justice Hansen, Jr. Arkansas St
3. QB Tyler Rogers, Sr. NMSU
4. RB Jalin Moore, Jr. App State
5. WR Penny Hart, Soph. Georgia State
6. QB Caleb Evans, Soph. ULM
7. WR Marcus Green, Jr. ULM
8. WR Jaleel Scott, Sr. NMSU
9. QB Taylor Lamb, Sr. App State
10. S Jeremy Reaves, Sr. USA

Sun Belt Ten Best Games

1. ULM 56, Louisiana-Lafaytte 50
2. Troy 24, LSU 21, Sept. 30
3. NMSU 26, Utah State 20 OT, Arizona Bowl, Dec. 29
4. Troy 32, Arkansas State 25, Dec. 2
5. Troy 27, NMSU 24, Sept. 16
6. Nebraska 43, Arkansas State 36, Sept. 2
7. Wake Forest 20, Appalachian State 19, Sept. 23
8. Arkansas State 67, ULM 50, Sept. 25
9. Arkansas 39, Coastal Carolina 38, Nov. 4
10. Appalachian State 23, Idaho 20


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