Football season will be here before long. Here at KnupSports, we are getting a start on the season and diving into each of the Division 1 teams. We look at their schedules and anticipate how they will fare in the 2018 season. Today we start with the Sun Belt Conference.

One thing new in the Sun Belt conference is they have divided into two divisions in 2018. Idaho and New Mexico State have left and Coastal Carolina moved in to make it an even 10-team conference.

SUN BELT EAST

Appalachian State Mountaineers

The schedule gets tough right from the start as they travel to Happy Valley and take on a Big Ten power team at Penn State. When you look at their schedule you will find they are on the road four of five contests. Look for this team to lose to Penn State, Arkansas State and Troy for a record of 9-3

Schedule
Sept. 1 at Penn State
Sept. 8 at Charlotte
Sept. 15 Southern Miss
Sept. 22 Gardner Webb
Sept. 29 South Alabama
Oct. 9 at Arkansas State
Oct. 13 OPEN DATE
Oct. 20 Louisiana
Oct. 25 at Georgia Southern
Nov. 3 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 10 at Texas State
Nov. 17 Georgia State
Nov. 24 Troy


Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Coastal will have some issues this season as they go through a stretch of away games after opening up against a Gamecocks at South Carolina. Look for the Chants to go 5-7 in 2018 and may be able to stretch it to 6-6

Schedule
Sept. 1 at South Carolina
Sept. 8 UAB
Sept. 15 Campbell
Sept. 22 at Louisiana
Sept. 29 at Troy
Oct. 6 OPEN DATE
Oct. 13 ULM
Oct. 20 at UMass
Oct. 27 at Georgia State
Nov. 3 Appalachian State
Nov. 10 Arkansas State
Nov. 17 Georgia Southern
Nov. 24 at South Alabama


Georgia Southern Eagles

It is nice for the Golden Eagles to play four of their first five games at home. This should give them some credibility and confidence when they hed out on the road. Georgia Southern is not a world-beating team but should be a respectable 7-5 for the year.

Schedule
Sept. 1 South Carolina State
Sept. 8 UMass
Sept. 15 at Clemson
Sept. 22 OPEN DATE
Sept. 29 Arkansas State
Oct. 6 South Alabama
Oct. 11 at Texas State
Oct. 20 at New Mexico State
Oct. 25 Appalachian State
Nov. 3 at ULM
Nov. 10 Troy
Nov. 17 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 24 at Georgia State

Georgia State Panthers

The Panthers have some tough hombres on their schedule as they are on the road for most of them. Look for losses at NC State, Memphis, Troy and Appalachian State for an 8-4 finish.

Schedule
Aug. 30 Kennesaw State
Sept. 8 at NC State
Sept. 14 at Memphis
Sept. 22 Western Michigan
Sept. 29 ULM
Oct. 4 at Troy
Oct. 13 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 at Arkansas State
Oct. 27 Coastal Carolina
Nov. 3 Texas State
Nov. 10 at Louisiana
Nov. 17 at Appalachian State
Nov. 24 Georgia Southern


Troy Trojans

A tough schedule is all that can be said for the first three games. They are at home facing Boise State in the opener and Nebraska on the road in game three. Look for the mid part to be good for the Trojans but may falter on the road at Appalachian State for a 9-3 record.

Schedule
Sept. 1 Boise State
Sept. 8 Florida A&M
Sept. 15 at Nebraska
Sept. 22 at ULM
Sept. 29 Coastal Carolina
Oct. 4 Georgia State
Oct. 13 at Liberty
Oct. 23 at South Alabama
Oct. 27 OPEN DATE
Nov. 3 Louisiana
Nov. 10 at Georgia Southern
Nov. 17 Texas State
Nov. 24 at Appalachian State


SUN BELT WEST

Arkansas State Red Wolves

The Red Wolves will likely be the class of the West. However, in their second game of the year, they travel to play Alabama. How bad will that be? With the home and away schedule for Arkansas State, I don’t see them losing any more games and finish 11-1.

Schedule
Sept. 1 SE Missouri
Sept. 8 at Alabama
Sept. 15 at Tulsa
Sept. 22 UNLV
Sept. 29 at Georgia Southern
Oct. 9 Appalachian State
Oct. 13 OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 Georgia State
Oct. 27 at Louisiana
Nov. 3 South Alabama
Nov. 10 at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 17 ULM
Nov. 24 at Texas State


Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

There are two losses that jump out for Louisiana as they face the big boys of Mississippi State and Alabama. The Ragin’ Cajun should go undefeated at home but may struggle on the road at Appalachian State and Troy. They finish 8-4 on the year.

Schedule
Sept. 1 Grambling
Sept. 8 OPEN DATE
Sept. 15 at Miss State
Sept. 22 Coastal Carolina
Sept. 29 at Alabama
Oct. 6 at Texas State
Oct. 13 New Mexico State
Oct. 20 at Appalachian State
Oct. 27 Arkansas State
Nov. 3 at Troy
Nov. 10 Georgia State
Nov. 17 Southern Alabama
Nov. 24 at ULM


South Alabama Jaguars

It will be like starting over for South Alabama. Look for the Jaguars to struggle on the road and mediocre at home. Playing in Stillwater and Memphis will be tough and likely embarrassing. Alabama State will give them a breather. Look for 5-7 from this team.

Schedule
Sept. 1 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 8 at Oklahoma State
Sept. 15 Texas State
Sept. 22 at Memphis
Sept. 29 at Appalachian State
Oct. 6 at Georgia Southern
Oct. 13 Alabama State
Oct. 20 OPEN DATE
Oct. 23 Troy
Nov. 3 at Arkansas State
Nov. 10 ULM
Nov. 17 at Louisiana
Nov. 24 Coastal Carolina


Texas State Bobcats

This team may surprise some other teams in the conference. They open in the Big Ten against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Bobcats will finish at 6-6 which they will be happy to have.

Schedule
Sept. 1 at Rutgers
Sept. 8 Texas Southern
Sept. 15 at South Alabama
Sept. 22 at UTSA
Sept. 29 OPEN DATE
Oct. 6 Louisiana
Oct. 11 Georgia Southern
Oct. 20 at ULM
Oct. 27 New Mexico State
Nov. 3 at Georgia State
Nov. 10 Appalachian State
Nov. 17 at Troy
Nov. 24 Arkansas State


ULM Warhawks

Nother middle of the road team in this conference will be the Warhawks. They play a tough Troy team at home and that will give them hope. The beginning part of ULM’s schedule could break them. They could finish 6-6 but I believe it will be 5-7 for 2018.

Schedule
Sept. 1 SE Louisiana
Sept. 8 at Southern Miss
Sept. 15 at Texas A&M
Sept. 22 Troy
Sept. 29 at Georgia State
Oct. 6 at Ole Miss
Oct. 13 at Coastal Carolina
Oct. 20 Texas State
Oct. 27 OPEN DATE
Nov. 3 Georgia Southern
Nov. 10 at South Alabama
Nov. 17 at Arkansas State
Nov. 24 Louisiana

NFL Prospects in the Sun Belt Conference

  1. Justice Hansen QB Arkansas State
  2. Blace Brown CB Troy
  3. Clifton Duck CB Appalachian State
  4. Penny Hart WR Georgia State
  5. Justin Clifton S Arkansas State
  6. Robert Hunt OG Louisiana
  7. Deondre Douglas WR Troy
  8. Kevin Dotson OG Louisiana
  9. Jalin Moore RB Appalachian State
  10. Tae Hayes CB Appalachian State