Conference Breakdown: Sun Belt

5 things to know about the Sun Belt

Biggest game: Georgia Southern at Appalachian State, October 22

Player to always watch: Fredi Knighten, Arkansas State's do-everything QB who's got all his weapons back

Team nobody wants to play: Texas State

Coach who really needs wins: Trent Miles, Georgia State

Don't be surprised if ... Idaho either reaches a bowl in December or fires Paul Petrino in October

Bill Connelly's Power Rankings

Tier 1

Georgia Southern

The Eagles could've moved up years ago. Now for a second league title?

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Arkansas State

The Red Wolves finally kept a head coach! (And return a ton on offense.)

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The difficulty's increased, but the Cajuns could win nine for the fifth year in a row.

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Tier 2

Appalachian State

With almost the whole depth chart back, can that stunning turnaround continue?

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South Alabama

If you wonder where UAB's players ended up, take a look at this roster.

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Tier 3

Texas State

Dennis Franchione's got the Bobcats on an upward trajectory.

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Whatever happened to that funky offense, it needs fixing in a hurry.

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We're not saying the Vandals are winning six games, but we're not saying they're not.

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Tier 4


A familiar face replaces a legend.

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Georgia State

Expect luckier, healthier, deeper ... but what about better?

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New Mexico State

Welcome to year three of a rebuild that could take four, five ...

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Tier 5