Around the Sun Belt Post-Thanksgiving

Robert George

Since the Sun Belt Conference doesn’t have a traditional championship game, most teams still have one game remaining on their schedules. While the rest of the nation, minus the BIG 12, is having their title game, the Sun Belt will be wrapping up the 2016 season with a full slate of games. Here’s three things to know going into the final week of the season. 

App State clinches share of Sun Belt title

The Mountaineers clinched a share of the title when Arkansas State lost a shocker to UL Lafayette on Saturday. With that loss, the Red Wolves join the Mountaineers and the Troy Trojans in the one-loss column. The Mountaineers have finished their regular season schedule, and will now wait and see if they will share the title.

Troy, Arkansas State can earn share of title in final games

The Trojans and the Red Wolves can both still earn a share of the conference championship if they both win this weekend. The Red Wolves will travel to face lowly Texas State, and the Trojans come to Statesboro to take on Georgia Southern on Senior Day. If they both win, they will finish with 7-1 records in the conference.

UL Lafayette, South Alabama play for bowl eligibility

The ULL Ragin Cajuns travel to face their bitter rivals in UL Monroe this weekend, and need a win to reach the magic number six. They’re riding high off their stunning win over Arkansas State, but Monroe will undoubtedly be looking to keep their neighbors out of the post-season.

However, the South Alabama situation is weird. The Jaguars have earned just one conference win this season, but went 4-0 in their non-conference slate, giving them five wins. However, a win over New Mexico State this weekend will be enough to get them in the postseason.