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    [2022] Sun Belt Week 10 Power Rankings

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    1. (40) :arkstate: Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-3, 3-1 Sun Belt) Change: +1

    Last week: vs. :ccu: Coastal Carolina W 24-14

     

    Positives: Salas and Bishop had yet another efficient outing for the Red Wolves. The Arkansas State defense completely shut down the Chanticleer offense, giving up less than 200 total yards. The Red Wolves really closed the game out well in the second half. It was only a 10-7 game at half, but they tightened up their defense and kept the offense humming on their way to the victory. This win sets up the Red Wolves nicely for the rest of the season. After the bye three of their last four games are at home. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Red Wolves finish with a nice nine win season.

     

    Negatives: It seems like Arkansas State should've been able to put up more points on Coastal Carolina, given how well their offense has played in previous weeks. Some of this may be due to the offensive line having just a 2.9 rating and giving up a pair of sacks. It's hard to complain too much about this offense and their defense could do no wrong in this one. Hopefully they don't lose any momentum with the bye week coming up.

     

    What’s next: Bye

     

    2. (35) :ull: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (3-5, 3-1 Sun Belt) Change: +3

    Last week: at :usa: South Alabama W 27-16

     

    Positives: What big win for the Ragin' Cajuns. Going into Mobile and coming out with a win was a tough task, but they got it done. ULL clearly came in with a plan to not allow the Jaguars to have anything on the ground. This plan worked out very well as they held USA running back Ray Jay Dougherty to 30 yards below his season average going into the game. With the Jaguar offense neutralized, all the Cajuns had to do was be safe with the ball on offense to win the game. This win significantly helps ULL's chances of a bowl and potentially winning the division.

     

    Negatives: With the all-out gameplan against stopping the run, Louisiana-Lafayette did give up some big plays in the passing game. Rafael Higgins was able to pass for 209 yards and a touchdown with relative ease. Coach Dr_Novella might make a point to his team to cut down on penalties too. They were penalized 7 times for 65 yards, and a reduction in that department could lead to more comfortable victories down the road. These were really sort of nitpicky things, because ULL honestly played very well this week.

     

    What’s next: vs. :txst: Texas State

     

    3. (31) :usa: South Alabama Jaguars (4-4, 3-1 Sun Belt) Change: -2

    Last week: vs. :ull: Louisiana-Lafayette L 16-27

     

    Positives: There's no reason to panic in Mobile. The Jaguars still have the make-up of a solid team and as long as they continue to play their game the rest of the season they'll be fine. Their defense was still fairly disruptive, sacking Andrew Ruiz twice and intercepting him once. Higgins didn't have a bad day, even with Dougherty having a lousy one. They were able to find some big plays over the top of the Lafayette defense and I'm sure this is something head coach rocksaucesundae will look to continue. 

     

    Negatives: This loss hurts South Alabama quite bit. They are now tied for the lead in the division and do not currently hold the tiebreaker. They'll have to win out and hope ULL loses again if they want to take the West and go to the Sun Belt championship game. Kicker Jeremy Adams missed a second quarter field goal following an interception that killed some momentum they were starting to build. It seems that if Dougherty is shut down, the offense will not function as smoothly and I'm sure this is something future opponents will take note of.

     

    What’s next: Bye

     

    4. (25) :ccu: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (3-5, 1-3 Sun Belt) Change: -1

    Last week: at :arkstate: Arkansas State L 14-24

     

    Positives: Holding Arkansas State's potent passing attack to just 24 points is no small feat. The Chants were also able to cause some disruptions in the passing game, sacking Salas twice and picking him off once. Of Coastal Carolina's four remaining games, the two toughest are at home, which helps considerably. The loss against Troy makes it tough, but this team is still fighting for bowl eligibility and this bye week should give them some time to get their heads on straight.

     

    Negatives: This offense has been bad pretty much all year, save for the Texas State game. This contest was no different. Coastal failed to muster up even 200 yards of offense and that's just not a winning formula against arguably the best offense in the Sun Belt. Reese threw two more costly picks, giving Arkansas State great field position. It may be time for Coach imerman to question whether Reese is the right guy for the job. If Coastal drops their next game, it may be hard for them to stay motivated the rest of the year.

     

    What’s next: Bye

     

    5. (23) :txst: Texas State Bobcats (2-5, 2-1 Sun Belt) Change: +3

    Last week: vs. :ulm: Louisiana-Monroe W 24-14

     

    Positives: This was a win Texas State really needed to keep motivation through the rest of the year. The defensive line and secondary played very well, allowing Warhawk QB Martin Johnson to throw for just 209 yards and forced two interceptions. O'Rourke and Tellez were efficient enough for their offense to put up 24 points, while only giving the ball away once. Things were really not looking good for the Bobcats to start the season, but this might be the beginning of a big turnaround for them. 

     

    Negatives: The offensive line play wasn't great, posting just a 2.6 rating. RB Cesar Tellez still was only able to run for four yards a carry despite ULM having one of the lousier defenses in the league. Even with this big win for Texas State, I think their chances of winning the division or competing for a bowl game are low. They still have ULL, South Alabama, and Arkansas State left on their schedule and it'll be tough to make it through those three unscathed.

     

    What’s next: at :ull: Louisiana-Lafayette

     

    6. (18) :gsu: Georgia State Panthers (2-5, 2-2 Sun Belt) Change: +1

    Last week: at :gaso: Georgia Southern W 31-10

     

    Positives: This was quite the statement game for the Panthers. They could do no wrong offensively and defensively on their way to an easy victory over their in-state rival. Georgia State raced out to a 21-3 halftime lead and never looked back. Freshman QB Zachary Mattson had a nice performance. He had 170 yards and a touchdown through the air and added 32 and a touchdown on the ground as well. This big win ties Georgia State with Troy for the lead in the East division.

     

    Negatives: Georgia State didn't really have any negatives in this one, but it's really no surprise that a team with superior talent was able to blow out a team without a coach. While this is a big win, I would pump the brakes a little bit on the Panthers. They've got five tough games remaining so there's plenty of time for something to go wrong. 

     

    What's next: vs. :app: Appalachian State

     

    7. (17) :troy: Troy Trojans (2-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) Change: -4

    Last week: vs. :byu: BYU L 10-41

     

    Positives: This loss obviously doesn't count against them in the Sun Belt standings and that's all that really matters. The team actually played with a lot of discipline this week despite going up against a vastly superior opponent. They only committed four penalties and turned the ball over just once. Troy hosts Georgia Southern next week, who is reeling after a blowout loss to Georgia State. This is a great opportunity for Troy to stay at the top of the East division race.

     

    Negatives: It would've been nice to see Troy be a little more competitive in this one, seeing as they were starting to gain some momentum with a big win over ULL the week prior. The offense was pretty stagnant, putting together just 182 yards of offense. Jabari Sneed and the Cougar offense didn't have to try too hard to gain any yards against the Trojan defense either. They were very efficient as RB Adarius Galloway averaged over five yards a carry and Sneed throwing just ten incompletions. Fans shouldn't be too worried as this is a top 35 team they faced this week.

     

    What’s next: vs. :gaso: Georgia Southern

     

    8. (16) :ulm: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-6, 2-2 Sun Belt) Change: -2

    Last week: at :txst: Texas State L 14-24

     

    Positives: Freshman receiver Peter Kolb had quite nice day posting a line of 8/85/1. On a day when nobody on the offense could do much, Kolb was a nice beam of hope. Kolb wasn't the only freshman making an impact either. On the defensive side of the ball, OLB Elliott Messer totaled 6 tackles and made a stop behind the line as well. ULM gets a bye next week to prepare for a tough South Alabama team. At least they can hope for some home-field advantage.

     

    Negatives: Man oh man this offensive line needs some help. They couldn't get any sort of movement up front against these Bobcat defensive linemen. While Martin Johnson has typically been the leading playmaker for this offense, he let them down in this one. He threw for just 209 yards and turned the ball over twice. As usual, he received no help on the ground with Tion Mays carrying the ball 9 times for just 21 yards. The Warhawks now have to win out to have any chance at a bowl and I just don't see that happening.

     

    What’s next: Bye

     

    9. (8) :gaso: Georgia Southern Eagles (1-6, 0-3 Sun Belt) Change: 0

    Last week: vs. :gsu: Georgia State L 10-31

     

    Positives: Three of the four defensive players are all underclassmen. Once these guys get some more experience, this Georgia Southern defense could terrorize the East division for years to come. Another good thing is that these awful performances shouldn't persist too much longer. After being coachless for just a week, Georgia Southern welcomed in a new, but experienced coach. Best of luck to him as he takes over the reigns for the Eagles.

     

    Negatives: Getting trounced by your in-state rival at home is obviously not ideal. The offense couldn't get anything going as RB Messiah Sheppard had just 3.5 yards per carry and QB Ian Sorensen threw two picks. The defense also had absolutely no answer for the Georgia State offense. By halftime the game had basically already been decided. If Georgia Southern has any aspirations of salvaging this season, there needs to be better performance on both sides of the ball starting at Troy next week.

     

    What’s next: at :troy: Troy

     

    10. (7) :app: Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-6, 1-2 Sun Belt) Change: 0

    Last week: Bye

     

    Positives: Appalachian State got a bye week to prepare for Georgia State, who are coming off a huge rivalry win against Georgia Southern.

     

    Negatives: The Mountaineers are now coachless. This typically means teams perform worse, but Appalachian State already wasn't great so it'll be interesting to see how this turns out.

     

    What’s next: at :gsu: Georgia State

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    Great write up as always. Bunch of teams fighting to keep bowl hopes alive, Arkansas will probably be in the championship, but I can't even begin to predict who they'll be facing.

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    1 hour ago, Dr_Novella said:

    Great write up as always. Bunch of teams fighting to keep bowl hopes alive, Arkansas will probably be in the championship, but I can't even begin to predict who they'll be facing.

    I think Arkansas State will take the division and the championship too. I personally think Georgia State will take the East, but too close to tell at the moment. Right now I see you, South Alabama, Arkansas State making bowls for sure and then one or two of the five loss teams. Probably Georgia State and possibly me if I can put together an offense for the last few games. 

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    Yeah I think this list is pretty solid, except I think we're ranked a bit too high.   Still anybody's conference to win though.

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    Hello everyone! Here's the poll to vote for this week's Sun Belt power rankings: https://goo.gl/forms/VWmczGKa7uCbJ66y2

     

    And here's the updated standings with last week's results:

     

    East

    :troy: Troy 3-6 (3-2) vs. Georgia Southern W 28-18

    :gsu: Georgia State 3-5 (2-2) vs. Appalachian State W 24-9

    :app: Appalachian State 1-7 (1-3) at Georgia State L 9-24

    :ccu: Coastal Carolina 3-5 (1-3) Bye

    :gaso: Georgia Southern 1-7 (0-4) at Troy L 18-28

     

    West

    :ull: Louisiana-Lafayette 4-5 (4-1) vs. Texas State W 31-17

    :usa: South Alabama 4-4 (3-1) Bye

    :arkstate: Arkansas State 5-3 (3-1) Bye

    :txst: Texas State 2-6 (2-2) at Louisiana-Lafayette L 17-31

    :ulm: Louisiana-Monroe 2-6 (2-2) Bye

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