Week 3 Lessons for the Sun Belt

At one point this weekend, I tweeted this:

Junk: Punched

But you know what? The Sun Belt actually went 7 for 10 in Week 3 with victories over the MAC and CUSA. What punched the junk? The conferences’ first FCS loss (get it together, Texas State) and two massive blowouts to the Privileged Five (Georgia State and Arkansas State, I’m judging you). So what, exactly, did we learn?

Nothing Good Was Learned About Arkansas State

The Red Wolves traveled all the way to the West Coast and gained nothing of value save a bodybag cheque. Washington, who gained all of 17 points in two previous contests, hung 52 and surrendered a field goal against Arkansas State. Coach Butch Jones will enter the city of Tulsa next week with problems at secondary, offensive line, defenis…okay, just about everywhere.

Coastal Survived Its First Big Test

The MAC is taking the Struggle Bus all the way to Realignment Purgatory, but Buffalo’s been a better than solid program – as the Chanticleers discovered for themselves. The Bulls took Coastal Carolina to the wire on Saturday, with Jamey Chadwell’s hairy bunch coming away with a difficult 28-25 win. The AP kept Coastal at 17 for the effort, and the schedule as rewarded them with a matchup against Massachusetts, nearly guaranteeing a 4-0 start for the Conway Fowls.

Somehow, the Jags are 3-0

South Alabama really, really, really reallyreallyreally wanted to lose to Alcorn State on Saturday, but decided to win anyway, 28-21. It wasn’t pretty – no victory this year for the Jags has been – and the only thing that’s important is that South Bama is 3-0 under new head coach Kane Womack. Does this place the Jaguars in the same league as Coastal and Cajuns? Nah. But you can’t argue with W.

Louisiana Looked Better on Thursday

Yes, it felt like the majority of football fans were watching the Giants and Football Team on Thursday night, but that was because Cajuns versus MAC Bobcats was pretty damn dull. Louisiana ran all over Ohio (MI) – 310 yards and five scores on the ground in route to a 49-14 kerthumping. The game may of lacked sizzle, but the outcome cements the Cajuns as the ultimate force in the Sun Belt West, and restores confidence after two fairly disappointing weeks.

Georgia State and Texas State Swapped Places

While the Panthers supped from the golden plate of victory, the Bobcats ate a crap sandwich served by FCS Incarnate Word.