We have played three weeks of football in the 2017 season so far, and several teams in the Sun Belt Conference have shown that they are going to be legitimate contenders for the 2017 Sun Belt Conference football title.
With that being said, here’s a look at the initial Sun Belt Conference Power Rankings for the 2017 season.
The Trojans are going to be a legitimate contender this year for the Sun Belt title, and they have already shown early on that they will be legit this year. They played good against Boise State before the Broncos earned the win, the bounced back with wins against Alabama State and New Mexico State. The Trojans have Akron at home before traveling to LSU at the end of the month, where we will learn even more about this Trojans team.
2: Arkansas State
The Red Wolves have set the standard over the past six years on how to win championships in the Sun Belt. The Red Wolves lost to Nebraska in week one in a game that Blake Anderson feels his team should have won. The Miami game was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, then A-State handled UAPB at home this past Saturday. We will learn more about this team on Saturday as they travel to take on SMU in Dallas.
3: Appalachian State
The Mountaineers struggled in week one against Georgia, then ran away from Savannah State in week two. They struggled to put away Texas State on Saturday, only winning by six points against a team that hasn’t been all that good in conference play over the past few years. Regardless, Appalachian State is a team that will compete for a conference title this year.
4: New Mexico State
The Lobos played Troy hard and had chances to win that game, but wasn’t quite able to get the job done. They had a big game in week one against Arizona State and won in week two against New Mexico. Both of their losses have been by less than a touchdown so far. This is a team that could be a sleeper in the Sun Belt Conference this year.
The Ragin’ Cajuns only win so far came in week one against Southeastern Louisiana. Tulsa and Texas A&M both took care of business against them in the past two weeks. They did play A&M well for about three quarters, but fell apart late, turning the ball over on a couple of crucial drives. They host ULM this week in what should be their second win of the season.
6: South Alabama
The Jags have been a tough team over the past few years, and have given some of the top teams in the conference fits. They always seem like they are close to getting it together, and could be dangerous if they do. They lost to Ole Miss and Oklahoma State to open the season before running away from Alabama A&M on Saturday. They host Idaho on Saturday, and should pick up a win to even their win-loss record.
7: Texas State
The Bobcats had a rough time in their win over Houston Baptist in week one, and have fallen in back-to-back weeks to Colorado and Appalachian State. They did play the Mountaineers tough, but just didn’t have enough in the tank to get the job done. They have UTSA this week, and should be able to get a win against them.
8: Georgia Southern
The Eagles were destroyed by Auburn in week one, then suffered a loss to New Hampshire in week two. They are coming off of a bye week and will travel to Indiana this Saturday. The could easily go 0-3 before hosting Arkansas State on October 4th.
The Warhawks played Memphis close in week one, had a week two game against Florida State cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, and lost a tough one to Southern Miss on Saturday. The will travel to Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday with an upset on their minds before hosting Coastal Carolina on the 30th.
10: Coastal Carolina
The newest team to the Sun Belt ranks defeated UMASS in week one, then lost a close one to UAB on Saturday. They will host Western Illinois this week before traveling to ULM on the 30th. This team could easily be a three or four-win team before hosting Arkansas State on October 14th.
11: Georgia State
The Panthers lost to Tennessee State in week one before being utterly destroyed by Penn State. They travel to Charlotte this week in a much needed game before hosting Memphis on the 30th.
Idaho won in week one against Sacramento State, then lost two in a row against UNLV and Western Michigan. The task at hand doesn’t get any easier over the next four weeks as they travel to South Alabama before hosting Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State. They then travel to Missouri on October 21st.
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