2011 Sun Belt Conference football season

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2011 Sun Belt Conference football season
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League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport football
Duration September 1, 2011–TBD
Number of teams 9
TV partner(s) ESPN
Regular season
Season champions Arkansas State
Runners-up Western Kentucky
Football seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Arkansas State   8 0         10 3  
WKU   7 1         7 5  
Louisiana–Lafayette   6 2         9 4  
FIU   5 3         8 5  
North Texas   4 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 5         4 8  
Troy   2 6         3 9  
Middle Tennessee   1 7         2 10  
Florida Atlantic   0 8         1 11  
† – Conference champion
As of January 9, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Sun Belt Conference football season is a college football season for the Sun Belt Conference. The 2011 season consisted of nine members: Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana–Lafayette, Louisiana–Monroe, Middle Tennessee State, North Texas, Troy and Western Kentucky.

The 2011 season was last with nine members as South Alabama became the conference's tenth member for the 2012 season.

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

The following Sun Belt players were named to preseason award watch lists.

Sun Belt media days[edit]

During the Sun Belt media days on July 18–19 via videoconferencing, Florida International was selected as the favorite to win the conference in the coaches poll.[13] They five first place votes. Troy received two first place votes while Arkansas State and Western Kentucky each received one.

Coaches Poll[edit]

  1. Florida International – 75 (5)
  2. Troy – 66 (2)
  3. Middle Tennessee – 54
  4. Louisiana–Monroe – 22
  5. Arkansas State – 49 (1)
  6. North Texas – 33
  7. Western Kentucky – 28 (1)
  8. Louisiana–Lafayette – 26
  9. Florida Atlantic – 20

Preseason All–Conference Team[edit]

The conference's head coaches selected their all–conference team during media days.[14]

The coaches also selected conference players of the year. T.Y. Hilton of Florida International and Lance Dunbar of North Texas were selected as the preseason co-offensive players of the year and Jonathan Massaquoi of Troy was named the preseason defensive player of the year.

Coaches[edit]

NOTE: Stats shown are before the beginning of the season

Team Head Coach Years at School Overall Record Record at School Sun Belt Record
Arkansas State Hugh Freeze 1 0–0 0–0 0–0
Florida Atlantic Howard Schnellenberger 11 157–140–3 57–63 22–13
Florida International Mario Cristobal 5 16–33 16–33 13–17
Louisiana–Lafayette Mark Hudspeth 1 66–21 0–0 0–0
Louisiana–Monroe Todd Berry 2 34–67 5–7 34–67
Middle Tennessee Rick Stockstill 6 33–30 33–30 25–12
North Texas Dan McCarney 1 58–85 0–0 0–0
Troy Larry Blakeney 23 161–82–1 161–82–1 40–12
Western Kentucky Willie Taggart 2 2–10 2–10 2–6

Sun Belt vs. BCS matchups[edit]

Date Visitor Home Notes
September 1^ Kentucky 14 Western Kentucky 3 Played at LP Field in Nashville, TN
September 3 Arkansas State 15 Illinois 33
September 3 Florida Atlantic 3 #23 Florida 41
September 3 Louisiana–Lafayette 34 #8 Oklahoma State 61
September 3 Louisiana–Monroe 0 #5 Florida State 34
September 3 Middle Tennessee 24 Purdue 27
September 3 Troy 19 Clemson 43
September 9 Florida International 24 Louisville 17 FIU's first ever win against a BCS team
September 10 Florida Atlantic 0 Michigan State 44
September 10 Georgia Tech 49 Middle Tennessee 21
September 17 Arkansas State 7 #12 Virginia Tech 26
September 17 North Texas 0 #2 Alabama 41
September 17 Troy 28 #13 Arkansas 38
September 24 Florida Atlantic 14 Auburn 30
September 24 Louisiana–Monroe 17 Iowa 45
September 24 Indiana 21 North Texas 24
October 1 Duke 31 Florida International 27
November 5 Middle Tennessee 0 Tennessee 24
November 12 Western Kentucky 9 LSU 42
November 26 Louisiana–Lafayette 37 Arizona 45
^Denotes neutral site game

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Sun Belt member won
Sun Belt member lost
Sun Belt teams in bold

All dates, times, and TV are tentative and subject to change.

The Sun Belt has teams in 2 different time zones. Times reflect start time in respective time zone of each team (all teams central time except for Florida Atlantic and Florida International which are in eastern time). Conference games start times are that of the home team.

Rankings reflect that of the USA Today Coaches poll for that week until week eight when the BCS poll will be used.

Week One[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 PM North Texas Florida International FIU StadiumMiami, FL ESPN3 FIU 41–16 17,568
September 1 ^ 8:15 PM Kentucky Western Kentucky LP FieldNashville, TN ESPNU L 3–14 24,599
September 3 11:00 AM Middle Tennessee Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN L 24–27 42,110
September 3 2:30 PM Arkansas State Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN L 15–33 45,154
September 3 2:30 PM Louisiana–Monroe #5 Florida State Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ESPNU L 0–34 72,226
September 3 2:30 PM Troy Clemson Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ESPN3 L 19–43 74,135
September 3 6:00 PM Louisiana–Lafayette #8 Oklahoma State Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, OK FSN L 34–61 55,382
September 3 7:00 PM Florida Atlantic #23 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL ESPNU L 3–41 88,708

^ Neutral site

Players of the Week[15]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
T.Y. Hilton FIU Eric Russell Middle Tennessee Hendrix Brakefield Western Kentucky

Week Two[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 9 7:00 PM Florida International Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ESPN W 24–17 47,228
September 10 12:00 PM Florida Atlantic #16 Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN2 L 0–44 70,249
September 10 6:00 PM Memphis Arkansas State ASU StadiumJonesboro, AR W 47–3 29,872
September 10 6:00 PM Louisiana–Lafayette Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH W 20–12 10,386
September 10 6:00 PM Grambling State Louisiana–Monroe Malone StadiumMonroe, LA W 35–7 26,532
September 10 6:00 PM Georgia Tech Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN ESPN3 L 21–49 30,502
September 10 6:00 PM Houston North Texas Apogee StadiumDenton, TX ESPN3 L 23–48 28,075
September 10 6:00 PM Navy Western Kentucky Houchens Industries – L. T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, KY ESPN3 L 14–40 19,409

Players of the Week[16]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
T.Y. Hilton (2) FIU Winston Fraser FIU Brelan Chancellor North Texas

Week Three[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 17 1:00 PM Louisiana–Monroe #23 TCU Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX The Mtn. L 17–38 32,719
September 17 3:00 PM Arkansas State #12 Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA FSN L 7–26 66,233
September 17 6:00 PM UCF Florida International FIU Stadium • Miami, FL ESPN3 W 17–10 20,205
September 17 6:00 PM Nicholls State Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun FieldLafayette, LA ESPN3 W 38–21 28,741
September 17 6:00 PM Indiana State Western Kentucky Houchens Industries – L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY ESPN3 L 16–44 15,793
September 17 6:30 PM North Texas #2 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL FSN L 0–41 101,821
September 17 6:30 PM Troy #13 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR CSS L 28–38 69,861

Players of the Week[17]

Offensive Co-Defensive Special teams
Player Team Players Teams Player Team
Corey Robinson Troy Isame Faciane/LaDarrius Madden FIU/Troy Melvin White Louisiana–Lafayette

Week Four[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
September 24 11:00 AM Louisiana–Monroe Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN L 17–45 70,585
September 24 3:30 PM Middle Tennessee Troy Veterans Memorial StadiumTroy, AL
(Battle for the Palladium)
Sun Belt Network TROY 38–35 20,185
September 24 6:00 PM Louisiana–Lafayette Florida International FIU Stadium • Miami, FL ESPN3 ULL 36–31 16,780
September 24 6:00 PM Florida Atlantic Auburn Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL FS South L 14–30 82,249
September 24 6:00 PM Indiana North Texas Apogee Stadium • Denton, TX ESPN3 W 24–21 21,181
September 24 7:00 PM Central Arkansas Arkansas State ASU Stadium • Jonesboro, AR KATV W 53–24 27,918

Players of the Week[18]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Blaine Gautier Louisiana–Lafayette Chris Pickett Troy Brian David Arkansas State

Arkansas State kicker Brian David was also named one of three Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards' National Placekicker of the Week after going making 6 field goals and 5 extra points in the Red Wolves win over Central Arkansas.[19]

Week Five[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 1 3:00 PM Arkansas State Western Kentucky Houchens Industries – L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY Sun Belt Network ASU 26–22 10,813
October 1 6:00 PM Florida Atlantic Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA ESPN3 ULL 37–34 26,339
October 1 6:00 PM Duke Florida International FIU Stadium • Miami, FL ESPNU L 27–31 22,682
October 1 6:00 PM Memphis Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPN3 W 38–31 20,098
October 1 6:00 PM North Texas Tulsa Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK L 24–41 21,240
October 1 6:00 PM UAB Troy Veterans Memorial Stadium • Troy, AL SportSouth W 24–23 18,044

Players of the Week[20]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Ryan Aplin Arkansas State Lance Kelley Louisiana-Lafayette Brett Baer Louisiana-Lafayette

Louisiana-Lafayette kicker Brett Baer was also named one of the Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week after making 3 field goals including the game winner as time expired. He also made 4 extra points in the Cajuns win over Florida Atlantic.[21]

Week Six[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 6 6:30 PM Western Kentucky Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPNU WKU 36–33 23,307
October 8 6:00 PM Troy Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA ESPN3 ULL 31–17 29,775
October 8 6:00 PM Arkansas State Louisiana–Monroe Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA ASU 24–19 15,027
October 8 6:30 PM Florida Atlantic North Texas Apogee Stadium • Denton, TX Sun Belt Network UNT 31–17 13,142
October 8 2:00 PM Florida International Akron InfoCision Stadium – Summa FieldAkron, OH W 27–17 16,016

Players of the Week[22]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Chris Masson Louisiana-Lafayette Kelcie McCray Arkansas State Don Jones Arkansas State

Week Seven[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 15 4:00 PM Western Kentucky Florida Atlantic FAU Football Stadium • Boca Raton, FL WKU 20–0 29,103
October 15 4:00 PM North Texas Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA ESPN3 ULL 30–10 32,823
October 15 6:00 PM Louisiana–Monroe Troy Veterans Memorial Stadium • Troy, AL ESPN3 ULM 38–10 19,818

Players of the Week[23]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Kolton Browning Louisiana-Monroe Lance Kelley (2) Louisiana-Lafayette Mitchell Bailey Louisiana-Monroe

Week Eight[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 18 7:00 PM Florida International Arkansas State ASU Stadium • Jonesboro, AR ESPN2 ASU 34–16 15,573
October 22 3:00 PM Louisiana–Lafayette Western Kentucky Houchens Industries – L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY WKU 42–23 15,122
October 22 4:00 PM Louisiana–Monroe North Texas Apogee Stadium • Denton, TX UNT 38–21 17,815
October 22 8:00 PM Middle Tennessee Florida Atlantic FAU Stadium • Boca Raton, FL Sun Belt Network MTSU 38–14 16,344

Players of the Week[24]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Bobby Rainey Western Kentucky Eric Russell Middle Tennessee Luther Ambrose Louisiana-Monroe

Week Nine[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
October 25 8:00 PM Troy Florida International FIU Stadium • Miami, FL ESPN2 FIU 23–20 OT 15,852
October 29 2:30 PM Western Kentucky Louisiana–Monroe Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA WKU 31–28 OT 13,428
October 29 6:00 PM North Texas Arkansas State ASU Stadium • Jonesboro, AR ASU 37–14 19,761
October 29 6:30 PM Louisiana–Lafayette Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN Sun Belt Network ULL 45–20 13,500

Players of the Week[25]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Alonzo Harris Louisiana-Lafayette Melvin White Louisiana-Lafayette Jack Griffin FIU

Week Ten[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 5 2:30 PM Troy Navy Navy – Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBS Sports Network L 14–42 33,359
November 5 6:00 PM Middle Tennessee Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN Fox Sports South L 0–24 88,211
November 5 2:30 PM Louisiana–Monroe Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun Field • Lafayette, LA Sun Belt Network ULL 36–35 28,176
November 5 3:00 PM Florida International Western Kentucky Houchens Industries – L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY WKU 10–9 15,293
November 5 6:00 PM Arkansas State Florida Atlantic FAU Stadium • Boca Raton, FL ASU 39–21 15,162

Players of the Week[26]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Ryan Aplin (2) Arkansas State Devon Lewis-Buchanon Louisiana-Lafayette Brett Baer (2) Louisiana-Lafayette

Week Eleven[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 12 6:00 PM Western Kentucky #1 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPNU L 9–42 92,917
November 12 12:00 PM North Texas Troy Veterans Memorial Stadium • Troy, AL Sun Belt Network UNT 38-33 17,103
November 12 2:00 PM Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State ASU Stadium • Jonesboro, AR ESPN3 ASU 30-21 20,261
November 12 2:30 PM Middle Tennessee Louisiana-Monroe Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA ULM 42-14 11,987
November 12 5:00 PM Florida Atlantic Florida International FIU Stadium • Miami, FL FIU 41-7 17,378

Players of the Week[27]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Derek Thompson North Texas Brandon Joiner Arkansas State T.Y. Hilton (3) Florida International

Week Twelve[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 19 2:00 PM Arkansas State Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPN3 ASU 45-19 12,806
November 19 2:30 PM Florida Atlantic Troy Veterans Memorial Stadium • Troy, AL Troy 34-7 14,342
November 19 4:00 PM Florida International Louisiana-Monroe Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA FIU 28-17 10,587
November 19 6:00 PM Western Kentucky North Texas Apogee Stadium • Denton, TX Sun Belt Network WKU 31-21 17,011

Players of the Week[28]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Bobby Rainey (2) Western Kentucky Jonathan Cyprien Florida International Luther Ambrose (2) Louisiana-Monroe

Week Thirteen[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site TV Result Attendance
November 26 11:30 PM Troy Western Kentucky Houchens Industries – L. T. Smith Stadium • Bowling Green, KY Sun Belt Network WKU 41-18 15,432
November 26 2:30 PM Florida International Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN FIU 31-18 10,227
November 26 3:00 PM Louisiana-Lafayette Arizona Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ L 37-45 38,819
November 26 3:00 PM UAB Florida Atlantic FAU Stadium • Boca Raton, FL W 38-35 12,044

Players of the Week[29]

Offensive Defensive Special teams
Player Team Player Team Player Team
Bobby Rainey (3) Western Kentucky Jemarlous Moten Louisiana-Lafayette Brett Baer (3) Louisiana-Lafayette

Bowl Games[edit]

The Sun Belt placed 3 teams in bowl games with 4 teams being bowl eligible in 2011. Western Kentucky was the only bowl eligible team not selected.

NOTE: All times are local.

Bowl Date Time SBC team (Record) Opponent (Record) Site TV Result Attendance
2011 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl December 17 7:00 PM Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) San Diego State (8-4) Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA ESPN W 32-30 42,841
2011 Beef O'Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg December 20 8:00 PM Florida International (8-4) Marshall (6-6) Ford FieldDetroit, MI ESPN L 10-20 20,072
2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl January 8 8:00 PM Arkansas State (10-2) Northern Illinois (10-3) Ladd-Peebles StadiumMobile, AL ESPN L 20-38 38,734

Home attendance[edit]

Team Stadium (Capacity) Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Total Average % of Capacity
Arkansas State ASU Stadium (30,964) 29,872 27,918 15,573 19,761 20,261 113,385 22,677 73.2%
Florida Atlantic FAU Football Stadium (30,000) 29,103 16,344 15,162 12,044 72,652 18,163 60.5%
FIU FIU Stadium (23,500) 17,568 20,205 16,780 22,682 15,852 17,378 110,465 18,411 78.3%
Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun Field (31,000) 28,741 26,339 29,775 32,823 28,176 145,854 29,171 94.1%
Louisiana–Monroe Malone Stadium (30,427) 26,532 15,027 13,428 11,987 10,587 77,561 15,512 51.0%
Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium (30,788) 30,502 20,098 23,307 13,500 12,806 10,277 110,490 18,415 59.8%
North Texas Apogee Stadium (30,850) 28,075 21,181 13,142 17,815 17,011 97,224 19,445 63.0%
Troy Veterans Memorial Stadium (30,000) 20,185 18,044 19,818 17,103 14,342 89,492 17,898 59.7%
Western Kentucky Houchens Industries – L. T. Smith Stadium (22,000) 19,409 15,793 10,813 15,122 15,293 15,432 91,862 15,310 69.6%

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