Sun Belt Football Adding Conference Championship Game
The Sun Belt is finally adding a conference championship game, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
Ragin' Cajuns fans and football enthusiasts all around the Sun Belt persistently asked for a conference championship game, and McMurphy's sources say the conference is finally ready to join the championship party.
There you have it. One more year of crowning the conference champion in the regular season, then in 2018 the teams will finally get to settle it on the field.
Being named Co-Champion just doesn't feel the same, and the Cajuns are familiar with the feeling of having to split their trophy. Let the players and coaches get out there and prove who the undisputed champ is.
Speaking of coaches, Ragin' Cajuns Head Coach Mark Hudspeth spoke about this exact topic at Sun Belt Media Day.
“I think if we could get a great TV contract for that, on a national stage, in primetime, it would be great for our conference,” Hudspeth said. “It would have to be a televised, primetime spot, to me, to be worth it."
Now that McMurphy let the cat out of the bag, it will be interesting to see what the television deal ends up being worth. It could be a cash cow for the conference, but Hud also had some concerns.
“The negative of that is if a team is undefeated and they lose in the conference championship game, could that knock them out of a possible New Year’s Day bowl game?," Hudspeth asked.
There will be a lot more questions asked now that we know the date is set for 2018. Where will the game be played is obviously one of the leading interests, but there are a lot of logistics to iron out when it comes to planning this championship game.
Details aside, the Sun Belt is joining the rest of the FBS. It could help the Ragin' Cajuns, and it's honestly something the conference wanted to happen for a while. Commissioner Karl Benson has his championship game, and the fans get what they want: more football.