Conference Breakdown: Sun Belt

5 things to know about the Sun Belt

Biggest game: Appalachian State at Georgia Southern, Oct. 27

Player to always watch: Southern's Favian Upshaw is jaw-droppingly fast and a former elite high jumper ... and he's a QB.

Team nobody wants to play: Georgia State

Coach who really needs wins: Everybody should be fine, but South Alabama's Joey Jones is probably the closest, if something goes really wrong.

Don't be surprised if ... Arkansas State wins this thing for the fifth time in six years

Bill Connelly's Power Rankings

Tier 1

Appalachian State

The Mountaineers are making this FBS thing look awfully easy.

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Georgia Southern

The Sun Belt favorite? An October gauntlet will answer that.

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Arkansas State

With talented transfers and an aggressive identity, ASU is playing for keeps.

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Tier 2


Just a piece or two away from a Sun Belt title run, believe it or not.

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Georgia State

The Panthers' first-ever bowl run was totally stunning. Now what?

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Was 2015 a blip for Mark Hudspeth's Cajuns, or is the window closing?

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Tier 3


The Vandals making a bowl in their last FBS season would be cool. Read why it could happen.

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South Alabama

USA football is off the ground, but keeping it aloft will be tricky.

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New Mexico State

NMSU is fighting for its future and entering Year 4 of a rebuild. The time is now.

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Texas State

Everett Withers' first TXST squad will be speedy ... and completely imbalanced.

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Tier 4


ULM's new coach inherits a tough job, but might have the right résumé for it.

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Tier 5