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The big 2014 Sun Belt football previews, from the new guys to the favorite

Bill Connelly's 128-team preview countdown begins with the Sun Belt, which is welcoming two of FCS' all-time greatest programs. SB Nation 2014 College Football Countdown

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Can Arkansas State go 4-for-4?

Including interims, Blake Anderson will be the sixth ASU head coach in 41 games, once he leads ASU onto the field against Montana State on August 30. He inherits a team with question marks in the trenches and riches on the outside.

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Troy tries to continue the rebound

Head coach Larry Blakeney's legacy at Troy is set already, but if he has one more rise to Sun Belt power in him, it begins this year. His Trojans have plenty of questions to answer at quarterback and on defense, but Troy's got some play-makers.

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The year of the Ragin' Cajun, take 2

UL-Lafayette claimed a conference title and won nine games for the third straight year. Can the Cajuns break through with 10 or 11 wins and a non-conference upset in Terrance Broadway's senior season?

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South Alabama has risen quickly

Surprise! South Alabama was actually quite salty last year, but some close-game struggles probably kept you from noticing. Regardless, the Jaguars could very well be a Sun Belt contender in just their third FBS season.

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ULM is explosive and flawed

ULM struggled to get rolling in 2013. The offense cratered, in part because of injuries, and the defense couldn't pick up the slack. The Warhawks have one of the country's most experienced two-deeps in 2014 but must replace their long-time starting quarterback. Can they rebound?

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Texas State is getting close

Texas State's defense was a major liability in 2012. The Bobcats improved dramatically on that side of the ball last fall but regressed on offense. Is this the year both units move forward at the same time?

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Idaho makes a grand gesture

Paul Petrino signed 16 junior college transfers for his 2014 Idaho recruiting class in the hopes of making quick progress in a tough rebuilding project. Will the risk pay off, or will that just speed up the arrival of the NEXT Idaho rebuilding job?

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NMSU takes the long road

Doug Martin isn't looking to take shortcuts in building a program at NMSU. He's recruiting high schoolers, building slowly, and accepting quite a bit of short-term pain to hopefully win in a few years.

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Georgia State is ... improving?

Georgia State's first FBS season went about as poorly as expected, but the Panthers showed verifiable improvement in November. Do enough key pieces return for that growth to become a starting point in 2014?

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Georgia Southern knows how to make an entrance

In Georgia Southern's final game as an FCS team, the Eagles took down Florida. That was a grand statement, but with a new head coach, changes to the offense, and a lack of size on the lines, are the Eagles ready to compete consistently at the FBS level?

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The countdown begins: Appalachian State is here

Appalachian State makes the leap to FBS, but are the Mountaineers doing so a few years too late? Timing the jump is hard, and ASU comes to the FBS off of its worst season in 20 years.

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