List of Sun Belt Conference football champions

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This is a list of yearly Sun Belt Conference football champions. Co-champions are listed in alphabetical order. From 2001 to 2017, there had not been a tie breaker for conference champions. Since 2018, an outright conference champion is determined by the Sun Belt Conference Football Championship Game.

Schools are listed by their current athletic branding, not necessarily what they used in a given season.

Champions by year[edit]

Pre-championship game era (2001–2017)[edit]

Year Champions Conference Record Overall Record Bowl result
2001 Middle Tennessee 5-1 8-3 -
North Texas 5-1 5-7 L New Orleans Bowl 45–20 vs. Colorado State
2002 North Texas 6-0 8-5 W New Orleans Bowl 25–19 vs. Cincinnati
2003 North Texas 7-0 9-4 L New Orleans Bowl 27–17 vs. Memphis
2004 North Texas 7-0 7-5 L New Orleans Bowl 31–10 vs. Southern Miss
2005 Arkansas State 5-2 6-6 L New Orleans Bowl 31–19 vs. Southern Miss
Louisiana 5-2 6-5 -
Louisiana-Monroe 5-2 5-6 -
2006 Middle Tennessee 6-1 7-6 -
Troy 6-1 8-5 W New Orleans Bowl 41–17 vs. Rice
2007 Florida Atlantic 6-1 8-5 W New Orleans Bowl 44–27 vs. Memphis
Troy 6-1 8-4 -
2008 Troy 6-1 8-5 L New Orleans Bowl 27–30 vs. Southern Miss
2009 Troy 8-0 9-4 L GMAC Bowl 41–44 vs. Central Michigan
2010 FIU 6-2 7-6 W Little Caesars Pizza Bowl 34–32 vs. Toledo
Troy 6-2 8-5 W New Orleans Bowl 48–21 vs. Ohio
2011 Arkansas State 8-0 10-3 L GoDaddy.com Bowl 20–38 vs. Northern Illinois
2012 Arkansas State 7-1 10-3 W GoDaddy.com Bowl 17–13 vs. Kent State
2013 Arkansas State 5-2 7-5 W GoDaddy Bowl 23–20 vs. Ball State
Louisiana 5-2 8-4 W New Orleans Bowl 24–21 vs. Tulane
2014 Georgia Southern 8–0 9–3 -
2015 Arkansas State 8-0 9-3 L New Orleans Bowl 28–47 vs. Louisiana Tech
2016 Appalachian State 7-1 9-3 W Camellia Bowl 31-28 vs. Toledo
Arkansas State 7-1 8-5 W Cure Bowl 31-13 vs. UCF
2017 Troy 7-1 10-2 W New Orleans Bowl 50–30 vs. North Texas
Appalachian State 7-1 8-4 W Dollar General Bowl 34–0 vs. Toledo
  • In 2014, Georgia Southern was ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules.

Sun Belt Conference Championship Game (2018–Present)[edit]

Year East Division Score West Division Site Date Attendance Bowl Result
2018 Appalachian State 30–19 Louisiana Kidd Brewer StadiumBoone, North Carolina December 1, 2018 14,963 W New Orleans Bowl 45-13 vs. Middle Tennessee

Championships by team[edit]

Rank Team Championships Years
1 Arkansas State 6 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Troy 6 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2017
3 North Texas 4 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
4 Appalachian State 3 2016, 2017, 2018
5 Middle Tennessee 2 2001, 2006
Louisiana 2 2005, 2013
7 Louisiana-Monroe 1 2005
Florida Atlantic 1 2007
FIU 1 2010
Georgia Southern 1 2014
Bold indicates an outright title.

Italics indicate team is no longer a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

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