Week 4 Lessons from the Sun Belt

Let’s just address this now: Coach Terry Bowden and the ULM Warhawks are 1-0 in conference play. That just blows my mind. I didn’t see the game, but I was floored by the score. It was Sun Belt Entropy at its entropiest. Combined with Louisiana’s win over Georgia Southern, the much maligned Sun Belt West got an early jump on the East, a condition that may not last but so what? This is why we love the damn Sun Belt; chaos. Embrace it.

That Coastal Carolina out-of-conference schedule is some weak shit

As the Chanticleer’s clobbered UMass 53-3, it finally dawned on me what a complete joke the Coastal out-of-conference schedule is. Three home games! The opponents’ combined record is 4-11, with three of those four wins coming at the expense of FCS programs. Coastal Carolina enters the season 4-0 and enjoys the prestige of a national AP ranking, but one wonders if such a weak OOC has adequately prepared this team to defend its SBC title.

That sad Troy offense was exposed…by the Warhawks

Before running into the ULM buzzsaw, Troy was only averaging a mere 19 points per contest – which we shrugged off because the Trojans played some half-decent opponents. Against the Warhawks, that sad offense mustered a mere 16 points. Holy Chip Lindsey! Troy QB Taylor Powell put up decent numbers (311, 2 TDs, a pick 6), but the flat run game has made this Troy offense a one-dimensional paper beast.

That bogus catch confirmation saved the SEC from Georgia State

Yeah, Auburn shout out Georgia State in the second half – the Panthers didn’t close escrow on the offensive side of the ball. Still, the Panthers’ defense was doing a fine job protecting its lead until the 4th quarter, when a desperate Bryan Harsin went for it on fourth down.

It’s a losers game to blame the officials for a loss, and the Panthers would later seal their fate by tossing a Pick Six, but damn it that doesn’t smell rancid from the SEC.

That Spavital Recruiting Method is a box office bomb

When Texas State football coach Jake Spavital went all in on transfer talent, we couldn’t help but to see some method to the madness. Given how juicy the transfer portal has become, perhaps Spavital was playing 12-dimensional chess while the rest of us was playing Sorry. A decent showing against Baylor seemed to confirm the brilliance. However, a COVID-aided loss to Incarnate Word followed by a 59-21 carjacking on Eastern Michigan’s parking lot of a field has compelled us to downgrade Spavital from Mad Genius to FBS Court Jester. There are no instant fixes in college football, which is a nice segue to…

That Arkansas State program is a longterm fixer-upper

The Red Wolves enter conference play a disappointing 1-3 following a loss to Tulsa – a talented but previously winless team that could have been thwarted by the proper application of defense. What has become clear is that while the Red Wolves have several compelling pieces, the program as a whole is in a state of re-build, not re-load. Arkansas State may have enough talent to make some noise in the Sun Belt this season, but it still has a way to go before becoming an elite Sun Belt program again.