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2017 Sun Belt Football Predictions: Who Wins?

Who takes this conference?

We’ve finally made it to the 2017 college football previews. Hallelujah on high. We begin with the 2017 Sun Belt Football predictions.

Who will win this conference? There are a few teams standing out entering the year.

2017 Sun Belt Football Predictions: But First, The Preseason Poll

1. Appalachian State Mountaineers
2. Troy Trojans
3. Arkansas State Red Wolves
4. South Alabama Jaguars
5. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
6. Idaho Vandals
7. Georgia Southern Eagles
8. Georgia State Panthers
9. Louisiana-Monroe WarHawks
10. New Mexico State Aggies
11. Texas State Bobcats
12. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

2017 Sun Belt Football Predictions: Teams To Watch

Appalachian State is up there for sure, being the winner of the preseason poll. (Note: “winning” a preseason poll isn’t much of an accomplishment, but you can convince a lot of people that this is the Sun Belt’s best team.) For a program that was in FCS not long ago, they have done one hell of a good job acclimating to the FBS level.

The 2016 Mountaineers were Sun Belt co-champs with Arkansas State, and won the Camellia Bowl. That’s ten wins, and they have an experienced team. Their starting quarterback from last season, Taylor Lamb, is back for his senior season. He completed 60 percent of his passes and tossed 15 touchdowns.

App State, however, did a lot of damage running the ball. Jalin Moore, a junior running back, returns in 2017 as well. He was one of two rushers with over 1,000 yards on the ground. It’s because of this and other talent coming back, especially on the offensive and defensive line, that they’ll be hard to push from the top.

Pay attention to Troy as well. Last season, they became the first Sun Belt team ever to make the AP Top 25. This team still looks solid and they will contend for the conference title.

Arkansas State is another one that’s been steady, but it came with a lot of hard work last season. They had to motor it to recover from a horrible start, but they cleaned up in the Sun Belt. The Red Wolves are still more than good enough to break into the top three, if not better.

2017 Sun Belt Football Predictions: Our Picks

The Sun Belt looks top-heavy again this season. App State, Troy, and Arkansas State are the highest tier. All of those teams have a chance at 8-10 wins, with the Sun Belt winner closer to 10. Meanwhile, the bottom of the Sun Belt looks wretched.

Welcome Coastal Carolina to the show this season as they move up from FCS. Bid farewell to Idaho and New Mexico State, who won’t be Sun Belt teams in 2018. In Idaho’s case, it’s a voluntary demotion to FCS. New Mexico State got kicked out of the conference.

1. Appalachian State Mountaineers
2. Arkansas State Red Wolves
3. Troy Trojans
4. South Alabama Jaguars
5. Idaho Vandals
6. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
7. Georgia Southern Eagles
8. New Mexico State Aggies
9. Louisiana-Monroe WarHawks
10. Georgia State Panthers
11. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
12. Texas State Bobcats

To find out if any of these teams have a postseason, visit the latest bowl projections.

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