The Sun Belt Conference currently has three teams with six overall wins, making them bowl eligible. The best news is that four teams are still in contention to be eligible for postseason play.
With Saturday’s victory over Army, WKU improved to 6-4 on the season and joined UL-Lafayette and Texas State as the three teams potentially going bowlin’. Georgia State has all but been eliminated at 0-9, which leaves Arkansas State, South Alabama, Troy and UL-Monroe with the opportunities to advance toward a bowl game.
Here is what each of the remaining teams needs to do to be postseason eligible:
Arkansas State Red Wolves
The Red Wolves currently sit at 5-4. They have three games remaining, two of which are at home. One of those games is against Georgia State. The other two are against Texas State and WKU, which have six wins apiece. The Red Wolves have a solid quarterback in Adam Kennedy, a great running game that is headlined by David Oku and Michael Gordon, and a defense that, while is prone to giving up big plays, can hold its own against the remaining Sun Belt teams.
South Alabama Jaguars
The Jaguars currently sit at 3-5. Of the four games remaining, they have two on the road (Navy and Georgia State) and two at home (UL-Monroe and UL-Lafayette). The Jaguars need to win three of the four games, and that will be a difficult task for a team that is marginal in just about every category.
South Alabama’s passing game does rank in the top 40 in the FBS and is led by senior Ross Metheny, who has played well this year. He is ranked in the top 40 in total QBR and has thrown for 1,817 yards. The defense is marginal, but can it make enough plays to win three of their last four?
The Trojans have had a Jekyll-and-Hyde type season. They look completely dominant one minute and then fall to pieces the next. They have Ole Miss and Texas State remaining on their schedule for 2013. That’s bad news.
The good news for Troy is the quarterback play of senior Corey Robinson, who has already passed for 2,828 yards and 19 touchdowns through the team’s first 10 contests. He is a big reason why Troy’s passing game is ranked in the top 15 in the country. Unfortunately, the defense has been atrocious.
The Warhawks have been a team that has gone through a roller coaster ride that is similar to the Troy Trojans. They don’t tend to score a lot of points (22.2 per game) and they tend to give up more (29.8 per game) than the league average.
ULM has games remaining against South Alabama and UL-Lafayette and has two consecutive weeks off before they play South Alabama, a team that has suffered from bad luck this season. The Warhawks need to establish a running game, if they plan to win one of these games.