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Three Things We Learned From Week One Sun Belt Conference Football

The Sun Belt did not get its season off to a great start. Not even kind of.

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1) Louisiana Lafayette couldn't quite win, but the rest of the conference should be scared.

The Ragin' Cajuns took a good long while to get things rolling, but once they did they darn near plowed through Kentucky to a win. After Kentucky scored to go up 33-10, the defense shut Kentucky down - until a couple of stupid penalties (which accounted for about half of the Wildcats' offensive yardage the rest of the way) put Kentucky in scoring position and they took advantage.

Meanwhile, the Cajuns got the ball back with a minute left and somehow decided that throwing the ball no more than 10 yards downfield at a time was sufficient to gain 80 yards in a minute with no timeouts. Poor play in the last five minutes aside, what looked like a fairly easy schedule looks even a little easier now. But not just because the Cajuns looked really good at times.

2) Also because nearly everyone else looked AWFUL.

Louisiana-Monroe, Troy, New Mexico State, Georgia Southern, Texas State, Arkansas State and Idaho lost by a combined score of 364-98, and Idaho was responsible for almost a third of those points.

In addition to that, South Alabama needed to come from behind to beat Gardner-Webb, and they at least won, unlike Georgia State's home loss to a Charlotte 49ers team that literally didn't exist three years ago.

3) There was a very high amount of unsavory quarterback play

Cody Clements, formerly of UAB and now of South Alabama, posted a QBR of 17.1 after he threw two interceptions (one came two plays after a Gardner-Webb INT, and the other was returned for a TD), and also led not one but two second half drives that started inside the opponent's 40 yard line and resulted in mere field goals.

Matt Linehan also tossed a pick-six, and while his final numbers weren't terrible, they were due in large part to having to play catch-up all day long. Texas State's Tyler Jones racked up a 25.2 QBR after needing 16 completions to rack up 100 yards. Connor White only managed 68 more yards on 10 tosses, but at least one was a touchdown?

New Mexico State's Tyler Rogers posted a mere 23.9 QBR because outside of his 31-yard touchdown pass (which was as much Teldrick Morgan's skill as a good throw from Rogers), he was 13-for-26 for 97 yards. Yuck. Favian Upshaw may have been the worst, though. He attempted thirteen passes, and completed only six of them. Not only that, but four of his six completions were something also known as "interceptions," which do not help your team win.

Granted, many of these outings were against far better defenses than these quarterbacks will face the rest of the way, but this was not a great start to the year for anybody but Louisiana and App State.