2016 College Football Preview: Sunbelt Conference

IT’S ALMOST HERE!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER EVERYONE AND IT’S TIME TO GET HYPED!

That also means it’s officially time to start previewing EVERY single team in what is arguably the greatest sport in the United States of America.

I’m excited. You guys are excited. College football players are excited. College football head coaches are excited. Why? Because it’s almost time for the most action-packed four months of sports we have. With everything going on in the world right now, we need a break from all the political crap. I can’t think of a better distraction than twenty-two guys hitting each other on the football field to give us exactly that.

Since we need to gently ease into the college football predictions, let’s start with what is arguably the worst conference in the sport. THE SUNBELT!!!!

(BOWL PREDICTIONS WILL BE MADE AT THE END OF THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW SPECIAL IN TWO WEEKS!)

 

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11. Texas State Bobcats

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9 (2-6)

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Everett Withers (0-0 at Texas State)

Top Returning Players: Felix Romero (OG), Ryan Melton (OT), Dallas McClarty (DT), Frankie Griffin (SS), Gabe Loyd (LB), Lumi Kaba (P), Brandon McDowell (PR)

Top Incoming Players: Devin Williams (QB), Brendon Rushing (TE)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Arkansas, Houston, @Appalachian State, Arkansas State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 1-11 (0-8)


10. ULM Warhawks

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Last Year’s Record: 2-11 (1-7)

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Matt Viator (0-0 at ULM)

Top Returning Players: Ajalen Holley (WR), Marcus Green (WR), Rey Baltazar (OT), Wesley Thompson (SS)

Top Incoming Players: Tyler Lamm (TE)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Oklahoma, @Auburn, @Arkansas State, @Appalachian State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 2-10 (1-7)


9. New Mexico State Aggies

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9 (3-5)

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Doug Martin (7-29 at New Mexico State)

Top Returning Players: Larry Rose (RB), Anthony McMeans (C), Thomas McGuire (OG), Tyrian Taylor (WR), Abram Holland (OT), Derek Ibekwe (LB)

Top Incoming Players: Bryce Roberts (TE)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Kentucky, @Texas A&M, @Arkansas State, Appalachian State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 2-10 (2-6)


8. Georgia State Panthers

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Last Year’s Record: 6-7 (5-3)

Last Year’s Bowl: Cure Bowl vs. San Jose State

Head Coach: Trent Miles (7-30 at Georgia State)

Top Returning Players: Penny Hart (WR), Robert Davis (WR), Keith Rucker (TE), Shawayne Lawrence (DE), Mackendy Cheridor (DE), Alonzo McGee (LB), Kaleb Ringer (LB), Chandon Sullivan (CB), Bobby Baker (FS), Marquan Greene (KR)

Top Incoming Players: Kwon Williams (RB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Air Force, Wisconsin, @Appalachian State, Arkansas State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 4-8 (3-5)


7. South Alabama Jaguars

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Last Year’s Record: 5-7 (3-5)

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Joey Jones (19-31 at South Alabama)

Top Returning Players: Xaiver Johnson (RB), Josh Magee (WR), Gerald Everett (TE), Noah Fisher (OT), Tre Alford (DT), Roman Buchanan (LB), Kalen Jackson (LB), Jeremy Reaves (CB), Jalen Thompson (CB), Aleem Sunanon (K)

Top Incoming Players: Jalin Buie (RB), Riley Cole (LB), Jahmmir Taylor (WR), Zac Crosby (TE)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Mississippi State, San Diego State, @Arkansas State, @LSU

Predicted Record (for 2016): 5-7 (4-4)


6. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

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Last Year’s Record: 5-7 (4-4)

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (40-24 at Louisiana-Lafayette)

Top Returning Players: Elijah McGuire (RB), Gary Haynes (WR), Robert Hunt (OL), Eddie Gordon (OL), Mario Osborne (DE), Otha Peters (LB), Simeon Thomas (CB), Savion Brown (FS). Steven Coutts (P), Gabe Fuselier (KR), Stephen Morella (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Trey Ragas (RB), Cody Mitchell (TE)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Boise State, Appalachian State, @Georgia, Arkansas State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 5-7 (4-4)


5. Troy Trojans

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Last Year’s Record: 4-8 (3-5)

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Neal Brown (4-8 at Troy)

Top Returning Players: Brandon Silvers (QB), Jordan Chunn (RB), Emanuel Thompson (WR), Antonio Garcia (OT), Rashad Dillard (DE), William Lloyd (LB), Terris Lewis (LB), Kamryn Melton (CB), Kris Weatherspoon (SS), Taylor Polk (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Sawyer Smith (QB), Zo Bridges (LB), Dominic Walker (WR), Sam Letton (TE), Tyler Sumpter (K)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Clemson, @Southern Mississippi, Applachian State, Arkansas State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 6-6 (4-4)


4. Georgia Southern Eagles

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Last Year’s Record: 9-4 (6-2)

Last Year’s Bowl: GoDaddy.com Bowl vs. Bowling Green

Head Coach: Tyson Summers (o-0 at Georgia Southern)

Top Returning Players: Favian Upshaw (QB), Matt Brieda (RB), Andy Kwon (C), Jeremiah Culbreth (OT), Tommy Boynton (OG), Jay Ellison (DT), Bernard Dawson (DE), Darrius Sapp (DT), Ryan George (DE), Ukeme Eligwe (LB), Darius Jones (CB), Younghoe Koo (K)

Top Incoming Players: Shai Werts (QB), Chris Barrett (TE), Deshon Cooper (LB), Darion Anderson (WR), Drew Wilson (OL)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Western Michigan, @Arkansas State, @Georgia Tech, Appalachian State, @Ole Miss

Predicted Record (for 2016): 6-6 (5-3)


3. Idaho Vandals

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Last Year’s Record: 4-8 (3-5)

Last Year’s Bowl: No bowl game

Head Coach: Paul Petrino (6-29 at Idaho)

Top Returning Players: Matt Linehan (QB), Callen Hightower (WR), Buck Cowan (TE), Mason Woods (OG), Steven Matlock (C), Tueni Lupeamanu (DT), Kaden Elliss (LB), Jayshawn Jordan (CB), Austin Rehkow (K/P), Brett Ballard (LS)

Top Incoming Players: Dylan Thigpen (RB)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Washington, @Washington State, @UNLV, @Appalachian State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 7-5 (6-2)


2. Appalachian State Mountaineers

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Last Year’s Record: 11-2 (7-1)

Last Year’s Bowl: Camellia Bowl vs. Ohio

Head Coach: Scott Satterfield (18-7 at Appalachian State)

Top Returning Players: Taylor Lamb (QB), Marcus Cox (RB), Jalin Moore (RB), Shaedon Meadors (WR), Barrett Burns (TE), Parker Collins (OG), Beau Nunn (OT), Nate Norwood (DE), Tyson Fernandez (DT), Eric Boggs (LB), Latrell Gibbs (CB), Alex Gray (FS), Bentlee Critcher (P)

Top Incoming Players: Zac Thomas (QB), Jacob Huesman (QB), Marcus Williams (RB), Mitchell McClurg (TE)

Toughest Games (for 2016): @Tennessee, Miami, @Akron

Predicted Record (for 2016): 8-4  (7-1)


1. Arkansas State Red Wolves 

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Last Year’s Record: 9-4 (8-0)

Last Year’s Bowl: New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech

Head Coach: Blake Anderson (16-10 at Arkansas State)

Top Returning Players: Warren Wand (RB), Dijon Paschal (WR), Kendall Sanders (WR), Colton Jackson (OG), Joseph Baccus (OT), Jemar Clark (OT), Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (DE), Waylon Roberson (DT), Xavier Woodson-Luster (LB), Khari Lain (LB), Tajhea Chambers (LB), Cody Brown (SS), Chris Humes (FS)

Top Incoming Players: Justice Hansen (QB), Logan Bonner (QB), Christian Booker (WR)

Toughest Games (for 2016): Toledo, @Auburn, @Utah State

Predicted Record (for 2016): 9-3 (8-0)

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