Sun Belt Season Grades: East
2019 Team Season Grades
ACC Atlantic | Coastal
AAC East | West | Big Ten East | West
Big 12 | C-USA East | West
Independents | MAC East | West
MW Mountain | West | Pac-12 North | South
SEC East | West | Sun Belt East | West
Sun Belt Season Grade: B
From the Georgia State win over Tennessee, to Appalachian State’s 13-win campaign, to getting five teams bowl eligible, it was an interesting and fun season for a Sun Belt in transition. The stars up top – ASU and Louisiana – helped represent the league well, and there were just enough good teams to keep the campaign competitive. Eight of the ten teams finished with five wins or more.
Appalachian State Season Grade: A
It was a brilliant season with just one weeknight gaffe keeping the Mountaineers from going to the Cotton Bowl. They lost to Georgia Southern 24-21, but other than that, they rolled through everyone else with a Sun Belt title, a New Orleans Bowl win, and with victories over North Carolina and South Carolina on the road.
Coastal Carolina Season Grade: B-
The Chanticleers were SO close to coming up with a bowl season. They started out 3-1 with a stunning win over Kansas, but lost six of their next seven games to blow its shot at a 13th game. It was a fun year with several close games, but it came up just short.
Georgia Southern Season Grade: B
The Eagles did what they were supposed to do … to a point. The offense never quite got rolling like it should’ve, but the team was able to get by Appalachian State in a thrilling win, and it blew away rival Georgia State to get bowl eligible. There was a loss to Liberty in the Cure Bowl, but it was a bowl season.
Georgia State Season Grade: B+
The Panthers went bowling. They might have been rocked by Wyoming in the Arizona Bowl, they might have been blown out by Georgia Southern, and they might have lost four of their last five games, but they started out winning six of their first eight games with a shocker over Tennessee and wins over Army and Arkansas State. It was a winning season when no one was expecting much of anything.
Troy Season Grade: C-
The first season under Chip Lindsay didn’t go according to plan. The offense failed a bit too often. the defense got ripped for 42 points or more five times, and it was a losing season when the team needed a win in its final two games. Call it a stepping-stone campaign for 2020 – at least that’s the hope.