Thursday, November 10, 2016

Only two Sun Belt Conference teams are bowl eligible.

Bowl Elligility Watch

Only two teams in the Sun Belt Conference are currently bowl eligible. Appalachian and Troy are the only Sun Belt teams that have earned the six wins needed to advance to a postseason bowl at the end of the year. There is one team that is one game away from six wins, and three that are two games away.

Bowl projections used for bowl eligible teams are from SB*Nation's Jason Kirk.

Bowl Eligible (Six or more wins)

Appalachian State (7-2)
Projected Bowl: Camela Bowl (Montgomery, Al.) vs. Eastern Michigan (Dec. 17)

Troy (7-1)
Projected Bowl: New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, La.) vs. Louisiana Tech (Dec. 17)

On the Brink (Five wins, one more needed for eligibility.)

Idaho (5-4)
Week 11: @ Texas State (Nov. 12)

Texas State is 2-6 this season, so Idaho could sew up its bowl eligibility this Saturday. If not, it will have to wait until Nov. 26, when the Vandals host currently 4-5 South Alabama for a chance to get its sixth win. (The Vandals have a bye in Week 12.) It's final shot for bowl eligibility will be against currently 2-7 Georgia Southern on Dec. 3.

Running Out of Days (Four wins, two more needed for eligibility.)

Arkansas State (4-4) 
Week: 11 vs. New Mexico State (Nov. 12)

New Mexico State is currently 2-6, so it seems like the Red Wolves can pick up a win here. That would be beneficial as the team faces Troy on in the first of three road games on Nov. 17. The Red Wolves travel to Louisiana Lafayette on Nov. 26, and South Texas on Dec. 3.

Georgia Southern (4-5)
Week 11: vs. Louisiana Lafayette (Nov. 10)

2016 has been a disappointing season for Georgia Southern. After a 9-4 season that saw the Eagles win its first bowl game as a FBS school, the team finds itself needing to win two of its last three games of the season to go to a bowl this season. A win Thursday night against Louisiana Lafayette would definitely receive some of the pressure the Eagles face.

The Eagles will face in-state rival Georgia State in Atlanta on Nov. 19. The Panthers are currently 2-7, so odds are good it can chalk out a win there. That would be a good thing, as the Eagles close out the season by hosting Troy at home on Dec.3.

South Alabama (4-5)
Week 11: Bye, Week 12: vs. Presbyterian (Nov 19)

South Alabama will have to wait until Nov. 19 for a chance at a fifth win. Then it has to travel to Idaho to face the Vandals, and finishes off the season against New Mexico on Dec. 3.


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