Monday, January 13, 2014
Sun Belt football continues upswing
Just wanted to throw out some numbers on the Sun Belt Conference from this past year in college football.
The Sun Belt - which will be New Mexico State's football-playing home in 2013 - saw its teams go 2-0 in bowl games this year (Louisiana-Lafayette beat Tulane 24-21 in the New Orleans Bowl; Arkansas State beat Ball State 23-20 in the GoDaddy Bowl). The past two years, the Sun Belt holds a 4-2 record in bowl games.
The conference - which had eight members this past season - saw seven of those clubs have bowl-eligible records this season: Louisiana-Lafayette (9-4 overall record), Arkansas State (7-5), Western Kentucky (8-4), South Alabama (6-6), Troy (6-6), Louisiana-Monroe (6-6) and Texas State (6-6). The lone team that fell short of bowl eligibility was Georgia State (a club that finished with an 0-12 mark). And, of course, the conference sent just two teams to bowl games.
The SBC also saw its teams go a combined 8-1 against the Mountain West Conference (1-0), Conference USA (5-1) and Mid-American Conference (3-0).
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