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Sun Belt Power Rankings: Week 13

The championship race comes down to the final two weeks.

Georgia State v Georgia Southern
Lunsford and Georgia Southern are finally in the win column.
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After a few upsets this past weekend, it’s time to make some changes in the weekly power rankings. With only two weeks to play and a four-way tie to break, we should be set for a wild ending to the Fun Belt season.

Scroll down to see where your team stands as we enter Thanksgiving weekend.


1.) Troy Trojans (8-2, Idle)

Last Week: 1

The Trojans enjoyed their final bye of the season as they get ready for a senior day matchup with Texas State this Friday. A very successful senior class will be playing their final home game and they’ll be looking to finish their careers as conference champs. This weekend is just a warm-up for the potential conference championship game against Arkansas State next weekend.

2.) Arkansas State Red Wolves (6-3, beat Texas State 30-12)

Last Week: 2

The Red Wolves picked up a solid home win this past weekend as they were in control throughout against Texas State. It was an impressive performance by the defense as they held the Bobcats to 200 total yards. Arkansas State has a tricky road game against ULM on Saturday before the gigantic clash with Troy next weekend.

3.) Georgia State Panthers (6-3, Idle)

Last Week: 4

The Panthers were off this past week as they get ready for the biggest game in program history this coming Saturday. Georgia State will be hosting Appalachian State in downtown Atlanta and a win likely means Shawn Elliott will have Georgia State sharing a conference crown in his first season. That’s remarkable.

4.) Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-4, Idle)

Last Week: 5

Another team on a bye, App State spent the weekend in Boone as they get ready to make the road trip to Atlanta this weekend. The Mountaineers will need to play one of their best games of the season to secure a victory over Georgia State. This one is going to be fun.

5.) New Mexico State Aggies (4-6, lost at UL-Lafayette 47-34)

Last Week: 3

In what appeared to be a must win game for NMSU, Doug Martin’s squad dropped the ball as starting quarterback Tyler Rogers left the game with an injury and the defense was lit up for 505 total yards. It was a brutal loss for the Aggies who will return to Las Cruces to host Idaho and South Alabama in the season’s final two games. However, a 6-6 mark would definitely be considered a big step forward for this program.

6.) UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (5-5, beat New Mexico State 47-34)

Last Week: 8

Mark Hudspeth’s program picked up a huge win on Saturday as they pulled off the upset over NMSU. It’s been a weird year in Lafayette, but this team has shown progress and the Cajuns are in position to make another bowl appearance. This was an impressive coaching job by this staff.

7.) ULM Warhawks (4-6, lost at Auburn 42-14)

Last Week: 7

Matt Viator’s squad put up a respectable road performance against Auburn as their defense played outstanding in the first half before falling apart late. The offense was able to accumulate 333 total yards against a very good SEC defense and this effort will be something to build upon as ULM hosts Arkansas State this weekend for senior day.

8.) South Alabama Jaguars (4-7, lost at Georgia Southern 52-0)

Last Week: 6

The Joey Jones era officially ended in Mobile on Sunday a day after the Jags were crushed by a winless Georgia Southern team. A week after the huge upset victory over Arkansas State, the Jags played pitiful on Saturday and we now have a coaching search to follow in Mobile.

9.) Idaho Vandals (3-7, lost to Coastal Carolina 13-7)

Last Week: 9

With starting quarterback Matt Linehan out of the lineup, the Idaho offense really struggled as they were dominated by a bad Coastal Carolina defense. It’s been a disappointing season in Moscow in their last year in the FBS.

10.) Texas State Bobcats (2-9, lost at Arkansas State 30-12)

Last Week: 10

The Bobcats suffered another road loss as they were soundly beaten by the Red Wolves in Jonesboro. The offense struggled to get anything going all day while the defense gave up 469 total yards and only forced three punts. The Bobcats will close the regular season at Troy this Friday.

11.) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-9, won at Idaho 13-7)

Last Week: 11

The Chants finally picked up their first ever Sun Belt win as they knocked off the Vandals in the Kibbie Dome. It was the defense’s best performance of the season as the offense did just enough to get it done. The Chants will be off this weekend before hosting Georgia Southern in another winnable contest.

12.) Georgia Southern Eagles (1-9, beat South Alabama 52-0)

Last Week: 12

The Eagles put it all together on Saturday afternoon as they beat the crap out of South Alabama in Paulson Stadium. The ground game was dominant as they ran for over 300 yards while the defense smothered South Alabama. Interim head coach Chad Lunsford received a celebratory shower on the sidelines as it was the quite the celebration in Statesboro.