Here's this week's Sun Belt schedule and viewing guide...
North Texas at Western Kentucky, 1 p.m. (Sun Belt Network)
Troy at Middle Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
South Alabama at Louisiana-Lafayette, 5 p.m. (ESPN3)
Louisiana-Monroe at FIU, 7 p.m.
Sun Belt Conference Standings
So much for the "ULL has so much to play for" angle.
FAU's opponent next week just accepted an invite to the New Orleans Bowl.
If FAU beats ULL, they won't even be able to claim a share of the title - but still goes to NO Bowl?
That doesn't seem right.
Actually, win or lose vs. FAU next week, the Ragin Cajuns won't be able to claim a share. Middle Tennesee and Arkansas State are 6-1 and play each other next week. The winner will be Sun Belt champion - but will be shipped somewhere besides New Orleans.
Congratulations to the winner, though.
Hope they celebrate all week and then play their backups on Saturday.
I don't think that UL would start their backups right away. I think that if the game is in hand for Lafayette at halftime or the 3rd quarter then they would put in the backups. Just found this article explaining the Sun Belt bowl options.http://www.tennessean.com/article/D4/20121114/BLUERAIDERS01/311140026/10-bowls-radar-MTSU-Sun-Belt?nclick_check=1 There is no one bowl for the champion as it was with the New Orleans Bowl in past years
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The FIU game was wild. ULM fumbled the ball while trying to take a knee and FIU scored to send it in to OT.
Then ULM blocked a FG in overtime before winning game.
So the Belt champion is guaranteed what bowl?
Actually, the Sun Belt champion isn't slotted anywhere specific like most conferences.
The Sun Belt champion can be sent anywhere. And as long as the champion lands in a bowl, the New Orleans Bowl can take any Sun Belt team it wants.
That's what is happening here. The winner of the Ark. State-MTSU game will probably go to the GoDaddy.com Bowl, so New Orleans Bowl quickly invites ULL because they are close and will buy more tickets than the Sun Belt Champion.
BTW, I think this system stinks as I think the New Orleans Bowl is more of a reward than a bowl game in Mobile, Ala. but what the hell do I know?
Thanks Brad. I love Signing Day. Fun day to cover.
Chuck: I really enjoyed your story on the players of the Class of 2016. Our depth just keeps getting better every year. Interesting story on Pat Chun...
Fantastic recruits. Hats off to all the Owl's coaches who made it happen. Let's bring it to the field in 2016. To all the new recruits: It's Owl Time...
Electric day for FAU. Thoroughly impressed with the way this class came together.
A very strong class. Quality player across the board.I don't think FAU football has been this deep in many years. Lots of competition come spring...