This Week in the Sun Belt
Two teams looking to get bowl eligible have big games this week, while the league leader gets the week off.
UL MONROE (1-9, 0-6) at TEXAS STATE (2-7, 1-4) (-6.5) 8:30pm ESPNU--One just fired its coach...the other announced they'll be looking for a new coach at the end of the season. Between them they've won three games. And, with an 8:30pm start, will anyone be there to see it? Not exactly what the league or ESPN had in mind for this one. Ugh.
SOUTH ALABAMA (5-4, 3-2) at GEORGIA STATE (3-6, 2-3) (-3) 1pm, ESPN3--The Jaguars got the second of three "must wins" last week over Louisiana and now it's the Panthers standing in the way of USA perhaps headed to its second straight bowl. This one isn't going to be easy. The Panthers technically have a chance at a break even season themselves and they're playing their best football of the year.
NEW MEXICO STATE (2-7, 2-3) at LOUISIANA (4-5, 3-2) (-17) 4pm ESPN3--No margin for error for the Cajuns if they want to go to their fifth straight bowl game. New Mexico State had last week off to get ready. Larry Rose II has been over 200 yards each of the last two games, both wins for NMSU. That should be all the analysis necessary. Seventeen sure seems like a lot, doesn't it?
IDAHO (3-7) at AUBURN (5-5) (-33) 3pm SEC+--A Sun Belt team playing a power five team between conference games sometimes means the formula for a possible upset. Unless you're Idaho. Playing Auburn. When the Tigers must have a win to get bowl eligible.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN (7-2) at GEORGIA (7-3) (-13.5) --See the above. Except Georgia Southern has done it before (to Florida). And, Georgia knows it.