[2017 College Football Preview] Sunbelt Conference

We are about a month away from the LONG-AWAITED RETURN OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL!

You know what that means right?

THAT’S RIGHT!!!! IT’S TIME FOR MY COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS!!!!!

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been doing college football previews for over ten years now. First I was doing them on MySpace, then 411mania, and now THE USB!

One of the main reasons I love doing them every year is not only because I love the sport of college football, but also because I’ve been pretty accurate with these things in the past. If you don’t believe me, you can go ahead and look for yourself. I also make sure to go back and review my predictions at the end of the season right here on the blog because I’m not ashamed of any I may have gotten right or wrong.

Anyway, enough with the bullshit intros. Let’s get to the reasons you clicked on this thing.

It’s the 2017 USB College Football Preview and we are easing you into it a bit with a look at the SUNBELT CONFERENCE first!

Enjoy……

 

 

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12. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

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Last Year’s Record: 10-2

Last Year’s Bowl Game: They played on the FCS level last season

Head Coach: Joe Moglia (0-0)

Top Returning Players: Marcus Outlow (RB), Marcus Williamson (DE), Shane Johnson (LB), Anthony Chesley (CB), Austin Wilson (QB), Chris Jones (WR), Jamarion McBride (C), Adam Lawhorn (OL), Myles White (DE), Dwayne Price (DT), Kerron Johnson (LB), Evan Rabon (P)

Top Incoming Players: None worthy of my time

Toughest Games This Season: @ Arkansas State (October 14), @ Appalachian State (October 21), @ Arkansas (November 4), Troy (November 11)

Predicted Record: 2-10 (0-8)


 

11. Texas State Bobcats

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Last Year’s Record: 2-10

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Everett Withers (2-10 at Texas State, 9-16 overall)

Top Returning Players: Gabe Loyd (LB), Bryan London (LB), Gabe Schrade (TE), Elijah King (WR), Jordan Mittie (DE), Stedman Mayberry (RB), Thurman Morbley (WR), TV Williams (WR), Aaron Brewster (OL), Tryston Mizerak (OL), Ishmael Davis (DL), Frankie Griffin (LB), Anthony Taylor (CB), Marcus Ripley (K)

Top Incoming Players: Jaylen Gipson (QB), Jaylin Nelson (QB), Kishawn Kelley (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Colorado (September 9), Appalachian State (September 16), @ Wyoming (September 30), @ Arkansas State (November 18), @ Troy (November 25)

Predicted Record: 2-10 (1-7)


 

10. ULM Warhawks

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Last Year’s Record: 4-8

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Matt Viator (4-8 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Frank Sutton (OL), David Griffith (LB), Caleb Tucker (DE), Craig Ford (K), Garrett Smith (QB), Thomas Koufie (RB), Marcus Green (WR), Xavier Brown (WR), Devin Jackson (RG), Eastwood Thomas (OL), Shaquille Warren (DE), Jaylen Veasley (DL), Chase Day (LB), Marcus Hubbard (LB), Juwan Offray (CB), Wesley Thompson (S)

Top Incoming Players: Corey Straughter (CB), Jakyle Holmes (RB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Memphis (August 31), @ Florida State (September 9), Appalachian State (November 4), @ Auburn (November 18), Arkansas State (November 25)

Predicted Record: 3-9 (3-5)


 

9. South Alabama Jaguars

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Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Arizona Bowl vs. Air Force (Lost 21-45)

Head Coach: Joey Jones (25-38 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jeremy Reaves (S), Maaseiah Francis (TE), Noah Fisher (OL), Jalen Thompson (CB), Xavier Johnson (RB), Jordan McCray (WR), Tyree Turner (DL), Dominic Esposito (OL), Tre Alford (DT), Corliss Waitman (P), Dallas Davis (QB), Ryan Alexander (RT), Gavin Patterson (K), Sean Grayer (DL)

Top Incoming Players: Darrell Songy (LB), Kendric Haynes (LB), A.J. DeShazor (LB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Ole Miss (September 2), Oklahoma State (September 9), @ Troy (October 11), Arkansas State (November 11)

Predicted Record: 4-8 (3-5)


 

TIE – 8. Georgia State Panthers

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Shawn Elliott (0-0 at Georgia State, 1-5 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Penny Hart (WR), Michael Shaw (LB), Chandon Sullivan (CB), Gabe Mobley (OL), Ari Werts (TE), Alex Stoehr (OL), Jerome Smith (CB), Brandon Wright (P), Conner Manning (QB), Glenn Smith (RB), Todd Boyd (WR), Sebastian Willer (OL), Hunter Atkinson (OL), Mackendy Cheridor (DL), Marterious Allen (DL), Trey Payne (LB), Bryan Williams (S)

Top Incoming Players: Jack Walker (QB), Roger Carter (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Penn State (September 16), Memphis (September 30), Troy (October 21), Appalachian State (November 25)

Predicted Record: 4-8 (3-5)


 

TIE – 8. New Mexico State Aggies

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Last Year’s Record: 3-9

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Doug Martin (10-38 at New Mexico State, 39-91 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Larry Rose (RB), Dezmand Candelarie (OL), Stody Bradley (DL), Kourtland Busby (DL), Jaden Wright (S), Sage Doxtater (OL), Terrill Hanks (LB), Shamad Lomax (CB), Greg Hogan (WR), Javahn Ferguson (LB), Payton Thiesler (P), Parker Davidson (K), Tyler Rogers (QB), O.J. Clark (WR), Isaac McClain (OL), Roy Lopez (DL), Alton Robinson (DL), DeMarcus Owens (CB), Jacob Nwangwa (S)

Top Incoming Players: Jaylon Mascorro (LB), Josh Adkins (QB), Jeremy Hodge (QB), Dylan Brown (K)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Arizona State (August 31), Troy (September 16), @ Arkansas (September 30), @ Appalachian State (October 7), Arkansas State (October 28)

Predicted Record: 4-8 (3-5)


 

6. Louisiana Ragin Cajuns

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Last Year’s Record: 6-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: New Orleans Bowl vs. Southern Mississippi (Lost 21-28)

Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (46-31 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Joe Dillon (LB), Stevie Artigue (K), Kevin Dotson (OL), Damar’ren Mitchell (CB), Keenan Barnes (WR), Robert Hunt (OL), D’Aquin Withrow (OL), Tracy Walker (S), Trey Ragas (RB), Taboris Lee (DE), Ja’Marcus Bradley (WR), Grant Horst (RT), Jarvis Jeffries (DL), Taboris Lee (DT), Simeon Thomas (CB), Travis Crawford (S)

Top Incoming Players: Lavante Epson (OL), Chase Rogers (TE), Levi Lewis (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Tulsa (September 9), @ Texas A&M (September 16), @ Arkansas State (October 19), @ Ole Miss (November 11), @ Appalachian State (December 2)

Predicted Record: 5-7 (4-4)


 

5. Idaho Vandals

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Last Year’s Record: 9-4

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Colorado State (Won 61-50)

Head Coach: Paul Petrino (15-33 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jordan Rose (OL), Kaden Elliss (LB), Jacob Sannon (WR), Matt Linehan (QB), Isaiah Saunders (RB), Tony Lashley (LB), Alfonso Onuwar (WR), Noah Johnson (OL), Aikeem Coleman (DE), Ed Hall (LB), Armond Hawkins (S)

Top Incoming Players: Roshaun Johnson (RB), Dylan Lemle (QB), Harrison Ashby (TE)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Western Michigan (September 16), Appalachian State (October 14), @ Missouri (October 21), @ Troy (November 2)

Predicted Record: 6-6 (4-4)


 

4. Georgia Southern Eagles

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Last Year’s Record: 5-7

Last Year’s Bowl Game: None

Head Coach: Tyson Summers (5-7 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Joshua Moon (S), Ryan Northrup (OL), Myles Campbell (WR), Ross Alexander (TE), Curtis Rainey (OL), Jeremian Culbreth (OL), Logan Hunt (DL), Darrius Sapp (DL), Monquavion Brinson (CB), Jessie Liptrot (CB), Matt Flynn (P)

Top Incoming Players: None worth my time

Toughest Games This Season: @ Auburn (September 2), @ Indiana (September 23), Arkansas State (October 4), @ Troy (October 28), @ Appalachian State (November 9)

Predicted Record: 7-5 (5-3)


 

3. Arkansas State Red Wolves

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Last Year’s Record: 8-5

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Cure Bowl vs. UCF (Won 31-13)

Head Coach: Blake Anderson (24-15 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Blake Mack (TE), Ja’Von Rolland-Jones (DE), Dee Liner (DT), Justin Clifton (S), Warren Wand (RB), Chris Murray (WR), Kyle Wilson (LB), Dijon Paschal (WR), Trent Ellis-Brewer (LB), Justice Hansen (QB), Lanard Bonner (OL), Darreon Jackson (S), Blaise Taylor (CB)

Top Incoming Players: Michael Johnson (DB), Jefferie Gibson (DB), Aldon Clark (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Nebraska (September 2), Miami FL (September 9), Troy (December 2)

Predicted Record: 8-4 (7-1)


 

2. Troy Trojans

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Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Dollar General vs. Ohio (Won 28-23)

Head Coach: Neal Brown (14-11 overall)

Top Returning Players: Brandon Silvers (QB), Jordan Chunn (RB), Emanuel Thompson (WR), Deondre Douglas (WR), Jamal Stadom (DL), Kris Weatherspoon (S), Deontae Crumitie (OL), Tristan Crowder (OL), Baron Poole (DL), Blace Brown (CB), Steven Rowzee (OL), A.J. Smiley (LB), Tevaris McCormick (WR), Clark Quisenberry (WR), Trevon Sanders (DL), Tyquae Russell (LB), Kamryn Melton (CB), Cedarius Rookard (S)

Top Incoming Players: Rasool Clemons (DL), Evan Legassey (K)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Boise State (September 2), @ LSU (September 30), @ Arkansas State (December 2)

Predicted Record: 9-3 (7-1)


 

1. Appalachian State Mountaineers

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Last Year’s Record: 10-3

Last Year’s Bowl Game: Camellia vs. Toledo (Won 31-28)

Head Coach: Scott Satterfield (28-10 all-time)

Top Returning Players: Jalin Moore (RB), Shaedon Meadors (WR), Colby Gossett (OL), Beau Nunn (OL), Myquon Stout (DL), Eric Boggs (LB), Clifton Duck (CB), Taylor Lamb (QB), Victor Johnson (OL), Antonious Sims (DL), Devan Stringer (LB), A.J Howard (S), Michael Rubino (K), Ike Lewis (WR)

Top Incoming Players: De’Vonta Smith (RB), Peyton Derrick (QB)

Toughest Games This Season: @ Georgia (September 2), Wake Forest (September 29)

Predicted Record: 10-2 (8-0)

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