The West may already be decided
Before you ready those angry tweets and emails, we freely admits it’s way too early to make a concrete call for the title game. But through four weeks, the Red Wolves already stand head and shoulders above the rest of the Sun Belt West division.
Arkansas State is 3-1 overall, and of the other four teams in the west, three have a single win, and 2-2 ULM is far from a lock to keep pace with as they are now 0-1 in conference play after losing to Troy at home and must visit stAte on the road in November. The Warhawks have lost eight straight to the Red Wolves and haven’t won in Jonesboro since 2001.
There’s still time for many of these teams to turn it around, but with a two-game advantage heading into conference play, the West will be the Red Wolves’ to lose.
Coastal Carolina is a contender in the East
The Chanticleers won their second conference game this past weekend, and now sit tied with Troy atop the Sun Belt East at 3-1 (2-0).
Not much buzz seemed to surround this team headed into 2018, particularly with a lackluster 2017 and being new to FBS. And yet, Joe Moglia’s team continues to roll after a 30-28 victory over the Ragin’ Cajuns, and a showdown at Troy next week could really bring the East division into focus.
Appalachian State, meanwhile, is waiting in the wings to make things interesting, with their conference opener next week. The Mountaineers are 2-1 with conference play upcoming, and it’ll be interesting to see how the new-look Chants stack up against these two rising Sun Belt powers.
In fact, the East is wide open
Let’s be real, here. Through four games, the Chants have scored 150 points, and through three games, the Mountaineers have scored 155. These are tough teams, make no mistake, and so are the Troy Trojans, chasing that national ranking again after cracking the AP just two seasons ago.
And then there’s Georgia Southern, who’ve looked good against FCS South Carolina State and especially UMass, before dropping last weeks contest to Clemson by “only” 31 points.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll see which team in this four-team race comes out ahead (sorry, Panthers), but one thing we saw for sure this week— it’s going to be interesting, highly competitive, and a whole lot of fun.