#18 Miami (FL)
#8 Florida
7:00 pm, August 24
UCLA
Cincinnati
7:00 pm, August 29
Georgia Tech
#3 Clemson
8:00 pm, August 29
Utah
BYU
10:15 pm, August 29
Wisconsin
South Florida
7:00 pm, August 30
Florida Atlantic
#5 Ohio State
12:00 pm, August 31
#21 South Carolina
North Carolina
3:30 pm, August 31
Duke
#1 Alabama
3:30 pm, August 31
Boise State
Florida State
7:00 pm, August 31
#17 Oregon
#12 Auburn
7:30 pm, August 31
#2 Georgia
Vandebilt
7:30 pm, August 31
Houston
#6 Oklahoma
7:30 pm, September 1

2019 Sun Belt Football Preview

Check out the CSD preview for the Sun Belt Conference’s 2019 season in this loaded preview featuring in-depth coverage of everything you need to know about all ten teams, projected records based on thousands of computer simulations, and a list of the top players in the conference.

2019 Unit Rankings

QBRBWR/TEOLDLLBDB
1. appalachian state1. louisiana1. appalachian state1. louisiana1. arkansas state1. Texas state1. georgia southern
2. ul-monroe2. appalachian state2. arkansas state2. appalachian state2 troy2. appalachian state2. texas state
3. Troy3. troy3. georgia state3. UL-monroe3. UL-MONROE3. louisiana3. arkansas state

All-Sun Belt Team

Offense

QB – Zac Thomas, Appalachian State
RB – Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State
RB – BJ Smith, Troy
WR – Kirk Merritt, Arkansas State
WR – Corey Sutton, Appalachian State
WR – Ja’Marcus Bradley, Louisiana
TE – Collin Reed, Appalachian State
C – Noah Hannon, Appalachian State
OL – Kevin Dotson, Louisiana
OL – Robert Hunt, Louisiana
OL – Victory Johnson, Appalachian State
OL – Tristan Crowder, Troy

Defense

DE – Tyree Turner, South Alabama
DE – Raymond Johnson, Georgia Southern
DT – Forrest Merrill, Arkansas State
DT – Ty Phillips, Georgia Southern
LB – Frankie Griffin, Texas State
LB – Bryan London, Texas State
LB – Jordan Fehr, Appalachian State
LB – Jacques Boudreaux, Louisiana
CB – Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern
CB – Monquavion Brinson, Georgia Southern
S – Desmond Franklin, Appalachian State
S – Tyler Murray, Troy

Awards

Offensive POY: QB Zac Thomas, Appalachian State
Defensive POY: CB Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern
Freshman OTY: WR Sam Pickney, Georgia State
Newcomer OTY: QB Gresch Jensen, Texas State
Coach OTY: Chip Lindsey, Troy
Game OTY: Appalachian State @ Troy (November 30th)
Breakout Player: DE William Bradley-King, Arkansas State


EAST

1. Appalachian State

Top Returning Players: QB Zac Thomas, RB Darrynton Evans, WR Corey Sutton, LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, S Desmond Franklin, S Josh Thomas

Notable Players Leaving: IDL Myquon Stout, LB Anthony Flory, CB Tae Hayes, CB Clifton Duck, S Austin Exford

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 59th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 52nd

Average Projected Record: 8.7 wins, 3.3 losses (6.1 wins, 1.9 losses)

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2. Troy

Top Returning Players: EDGE Jarvis Hayes, LB Carlton Martial, CB Tyler Murray

Notable Players Leaving: WR Damion Willis, EDGE Hunter Reese, IDL Tevon Sanders, LB Tron Folsom, CB Blace Brown, CB Marcus Jones, S Cedarius Rookard

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 94th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 77th

Average Projected Record: 8.1 wins, 3.9 losses (5.5 wins, 2.5 losses)

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3. Georgia Southern

Top Returning Players: QB Shai Werts, EDGE Raymond Johnson III, CB Kindle Vildor, CB Monquavion Brinson

Notable Player Leaving: RB Wesley Fields

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 97th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 93rd

Average Projected Record: 6.7 wins, 5.3 losses (4.6 wins, 3.4 losses)

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4. Georgia State

Top Players Returning: EDGE Terry Thomas

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 125th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 120th

Average Projected Record: 4.1 wins, 7.9 losses (2.6 wins, 5.4 losses)

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5. Coastal Carolina

Top Returning Players: EDGE Tarron Jackson

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 129th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 128th

Average Projected Record: 3.5 wins, 8.5 losses (1.8 wins, 6.2 losses)

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WEST

1. Arkansas State

Top Returning Players: RB Marcel Murray, WR Kirk Merritt, IDL Forrest Merrill, IDL Kevin Thurmon, CB Jerry Jacobs

Notable Players Leaving: QB Justice Hansen, RB Warren Wand, EDGE Ronheen Bingham, S Justin Clifton

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 69th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 76th

Average Projected Record: 8.2 wins, 3.8 losses (5.7 wins, 2.3 losses)

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2. Louisiana

Top Returning Players: RB Trey Ragas, WR Ja’Marcus Bradley, T Robert Hunt, G Kevin Fotson, EDGE Chauncey Manac, IDL Bennie Higgins

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 82nd
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking 88th

Average Projected Record: 7.0 wins, 5.0 losses (4.7 wins, 3.3 losses)

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T3. UL Monroe

Top Returning Players: IDL Larance Shaw

Notable Players Leaving: CB Marcus Hubbard

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 101st
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 109th

Average Projected Record: 5.0 wins, 7.0 losses (3.5 wins, 4.5 losses)

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T3. Texas State

Top Returning Player: C Aaron Brewer, IDL Caeveon Patton, LB Bryan London II, LB Nikolas Daniels, LB Frankie Griffin, CB Anthony J. Taylor, CB Jarron Morris, S JaShon Waddy, S Josh Newman

Notable Players Leaving: TE Keenen Brown

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 107th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 112th

Average Projected Record: 5.1 wins, 6.9 losses (3.5 wins, 4.5 losses)

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5. South Alabama

Top Returning Players: IDL Tyree Turner

Notable Players Leaving: CB Tobias Moss

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 119th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 123rd

Average Projected Record: 3.3 wins, 8.7 losses (1.9 wins, 6.1 losses)

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2019 Sun Belt Title Game Prediction: Appalachian State 31, Arkansas State 27

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