Sun Belt Conference football

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The Sun Belt Conference is a conference of 12 (originally 7) universities which participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Currently, 11 schools play football in the conference—nine full members and two football-only associate members. Another full member will join Sun Belt football for the 2017 season, and the two associate members will leave after that season. Although the Sun Belt was formed in 1976, it did not start sponsoring football until 2001.

Membership[edit]

Current[edit]

Institution Team Name Location
(Population)
Team Started Affiliation Enrollment Mascot Sun Belt Titles National Titles[1]
Appalachian State University Mountaineers Boone, North Carolina
(17,122)
1899 Public 18,000 Yosef 0 3 (FCS)
Arkansas State University Red Wolves Jonesboro, Arkansas
(67,263)
1909 Public 13,416 Howl 4 0
Georgia Southern University Eagles Statesboro, Georgia
(28,422)
1982 Public 20,584 Freedom (live)
GUS (costume)
1 6 (FCS)
Georgia State University Panthers Atlanta, Georgia
(443,775)
2010 Public 32,087 Pounce 0 0
University of Idaho Vandals Moscow, Idaho
(23,800)
1889 Public 12,312 Joe Vandal 0 0
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette, Louisiana
(120,623)
1898 Public 16,885 Cayenne 2 0
University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks Monroe, Louisiana
(49,147)
1931 Public 8,623 Ace the Warhawk 1 1 (FCS)
New Mexico State University Aggies Las Cruces, New Mexico
(100,665)
1888 Public 18,497 Pistol Pete 0 0
University of South Alabama Jaguars Mobile, Alabama
(195,111)
2009 Public 16,055 South Paw 0 0
Texas State University Bobcats San Marcos, Texas
(44,894)
1899 Public 34,229 Boko the Bobcat 0 2 (Div II)
Troy University Trojans Troy, Alabama
(18,003)
1887 Public 29,689 T-Roy 5 0

Future[edit]

Institution Team Name Location
(Population)
Team Started Affiliation Enrollment Mascot Conference Titles NationalTitles[1] Joining Sun Belt Current Conference
Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers Conway, South Carolina
(16,317)
2003 Public 10,263 Chauncey 7 0 2017 FCS independent[f 1]
Notes
  1. ^ Coastal Carolina joined the Sun Belt Conference as a full but non-football member in 2016.

Former[edit]

Institution Team Name Location
(Population)
Team Started Affiliation Enrollment Mascot Sun Belt Titles NationalTitles[1] Joined Sun Belt Left Sun Belt Current Conference
Florida Atlantic University Owls Boca Raton, Florida
(87,836)
1961 Public 31,758 Owlsley the Owl 1 0 2005 2013 C-USA
Florida International University Panthers Miami, Florida
(413,892)
1965 Public 50,394 Roary the Panther 1 0 2001 2013 C-USA
Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders Murfreesboro, Tennessee
(114,038)
1911 Public 24,192 Lighting 2 0 2001 2013 C-USA
University of North Texas Mean Green Denton, Texas
(113,383)
1890 Public 35,778 Scrappy the Eagle 4 0 2001 2013 C-USA
Utah State University Aggies Logan, Utah
(49,534)
1888 Public 28,796 Big Blue 0 0 2003 2005 MW
Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers Bowling Green, Kentucky
(58,067)
1906 Public 18,391 Big Red 0 1 (FCS) 2009 2014 C-USA

Conference facilities[edit]

Gray stands for future school's facility, Red stands for leaving school's facility

School Football
Stadium
Capacity Opened
Appalachian State Kidd Brewer Stadium 24,050 1962
Arkansas State Centennial Bank Stadium 30,382 1974
Coastal Carolina Brooks Stadium 21,000[f 1] 2003
Georgia Southern Paulson Stadium 25,000 1984
Georgia State Georgia Dome[f 2] 28,155[f 3] 1992
Idaho Kibbie Dome 16,000 1971 (Open-air), 1975 (Domed)
Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun Field 36,900 1971
Louisiana–Monroe Malone Stadium 30,427 1978
New Mexico State Aggie Memorial Stadium 30,343 1978
South Alabama Ladd Peebles Stadium 33,471 1948
Texas State Bobcat Stadium 30,000 1981
Troy Veterans Memorial Stadium 30,000 1950
Notes
  1. ^ Future capacity when Coastal joins Sun Belt football in 2017.
  2. ^ Georgia State is currently in the process of purchasing Turner Field once the Atlanta Braves leave for SunTrust Park after the 2016 season. It has not yet been determined where the Panthers will play their 2017 home schedule, as the Georgia Dome is scheduled to be demolished once its replacement, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opens in June 2017.
  3. ^ Although the Georgia Dome has a football capacity of 71,228, Georgia State normally uses a configuration with a capacity of only 28,155.

Records[edit]

School records[edit]

Team First
Season
All-Time
Record
All-Time
Win %
FBS Bowl
Appearances
FBS Bowl
Record
All-Time
Conference
Titles
Current
Head Coach
Appalachian State 1928 585–332–27 .634 1 1–0 18 Scott Satterfield
Arkansas State 1911 445–468–37 .488 4 2–2 11 Blake Anderson
Georgia Southern 1923 356–200–9 .638 1 1–0 10 Willie Fritz
Georgia State 2010 10–35 .222 1 0–1 0 Trent Miles
Idaho 1893 445–580–26 .436 2 2–0 10 Paul Petrino
Louisiana–Lafayette 1902 505–528–34 .490 3 3–0 15 Mark Hudspeth
Louisiana–Monroe 1951 292–378–8 .437 1 0–1 5 Todd Berry
New Mexico State 1893 429–598–32 .420 3 2–0–1 4 Doug Martin
South Alabama 2009 37–28 .569 1 0–1 0 Joey Jones
Texas State 1904 498–418–30 .542 0 0–0 12 Dennis Franchione
Troy 1909 505–381–27 .568 5 2–3 20 Neal Brown

[2]

Team vs. team[edit]

Composite all-time records [3]

"Team vs Team Record"
Arkansas State Florida Atlantic Florida International Georgia State Idaho Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Monroe Middle Tennsesse New Mexico State North Texas South Alabama Texas State Troy Utah State Western Kentucky
Arkansas State --- 4–3 6–2 1–0 19–22–1 21–14 5–9 2–6 14–8 2–0 1–0 9–5 2–3 3–4–1
Florida Atlantic 3–4 --- 9–3 0–0 0–0 5–3 2–7 3–8 1–1 6–3 0–1 2–0 2–8 0–0 4–1
Florida International 2–6 3–9 --- 0–0 0–0 2–8 3–6 3–6 0–1 5–2 1–0 0–0 2–7 0–0 4–4
Georgia State 0–1 0–0 0–0 --- 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1
Idaho 4–5 0–0 0–0 0–0 --- 1–3 3–2 1–3 14–6 4–6 0–0 1–1 0–1 17–20–2 0–0
Louisiana-Lafayette 22–19–1 3–5 8–2 1–0 3–1 --- 25–24 7–6 5–3 8–9 1–1 1–0 10–7 1–1 5–2
Louisiana-Monroe 14–21 7–2 6–3 1–0 2–3 24–25 --- 4–9 0–3 16–13 1–1 8–2 6–8–1 2–1 4–5
Middle Tennessee 9–5 8–3 6–3 0–0 3–1 6–7 9–4 --- 2–2 5–8 1–0 0–0 12–8 2–1 32–29–1
New Mexico State 6–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 6–14 3–5 3–0 2–2 --- 9–22–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 7–30 0–0
North Texas 8–14 3–6 2–5 0–0 6–4 9–8 13–16 8–5 22–9–2 --- 1–0 29–7–3 2–8 3–4 4–2
South Alabama 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 --- 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–0
Texas State 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 3–3 0–1 2–8 0–0 1–0 7–29–3 1–0 --- 1–5 0–1 0–1
Troy 5–9 8–2 7–2 1–0 1–0 7–10 8–6–1 8–12 0–1 8–2 2–0 5–1 --- 2–1 9–2–1
Utah State 3–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 20–17–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 30–7 4–3 0–0 1–0 1–2 --- 0–0
Western Kentucky 4–3–1 1–4 4–4 1–0 0–0 2–5 3–4 29–32–1 0–0 2–4 0–1 1–0 2–9–1 0–0 ---
Total* 80–94–2


Totals through the 2013 season.

Current head coaching records[edit]

NOTE: Stats shown are after the end of the 2013 season. The four programs that joined Sun Belt football in 2014 are included for completeness, but WKU, which left for Conference USA after the 2013 season, is not included.

Team Head coach Years at school Overall record Record at school Sun Belt record
Appalachian State Satterfield, ScottScott Satterfield 3 22–15 22–15 17–7
Arkansas State Anderson, BlakeBlake Anderson 0[a 1] 0–0 0–0 0–0
Georgia Southern Fritz, WillieWillie Fritz 0[a 1] 137–62 0–0 0–0
Georgia State Miles, TrentTrent Miles 2 20–48 0–12 0–7
Idaho Petrino, PaulPaul Petrino 1 1–11 1–11 0–0
Louisiana–Lafayette Hudspeth, MarkMark Hudspeth 4 93–33 27–12 17–6
Louisiana–Monroe Berry, ToddTodd Berry 6 52–85 23–26 17–14
New Mexico State Martin, DougDoug Martin 1 32–63 3–10 0–0
South Alabama Jones, JoeyJoey Jones 5 34–28 31–21 5–10
Texas State Franchione, DennisDennis Franchione 6 203–121–2 29–29 2–5
Troy Blakeney, LarryLarry Blakeney 25 175–104–1 175–104–1 49–25
  1. ^ a b This coach was hired for the 2014 season.

Reorganization[edit]

Conference champions[edit]

Season Champion Conference Record
2001 Middle Tennessee
North Texas
5–1
2002 North Texas 6–0
2003 North Texas 7–0
2004 North Texas 7–0
2005 Arkansas State
Louisiana–Lafayette
Louisiana–Monroe
5–2
2006 Middle Tennessee
Troy
6–1
2007 Florida Atlantic
Troy
6–1
2008 Troy 6–1
2009 Troy 8–0
2010 FIU
Troy
6–2
2011 Arkansas State 8–0
2012 Arkansas State 7–1
2013 Arkansas State
Louisiana–Lafayette
5–2
2014 Georgia Southern 8–0
2015 Arkansas State 8–0

Bowl games[edit]

Pick Name Location Opposing Conference Opposing Pick
2 GoDaddy Bowl Mobile, Alabama MAC 2
1 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana C-USA 5/6
3 Camellia Bowl Montgomery, Alabama MAC 4

Rivlaries[edit]

Football rivalries involving Sun Belt teams include:

Teams Rivalry
Name
Trophy Meetings Record Series
Leader
Current
Streak
Appalachian State Georgia Southern Appalachian State–Georgia Southern football rivalry 31 17–13–1 Appalachian State Appalachian State
won 1
Georgia State Georgia Southern Georgia Southern–Georgia State rivalry 2 1–1 Georgia State
won 1
South Alabama Troy South Alabama–Troy football rivalry Battle for the Belt 4 2–2 South Alabama
won 2
Arkansas State Louisiana–Monroe Trail of Tears Classic 35 21–14 Arkansas State Arkansas State
won 4
Arkansas State Memphis Paint Bucket Bowl 58 23–30–5 Memphis Memphis
won 1
Louisiana–Lafayette Lamar Sabine Shoe 34 23–11 Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Lafayette
won 4
Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Monroe Battle on the Bayou Wooden Boot 49 25–24 Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Monroe
won 1
Louisiana–Lafayette McNeese State Cajun Crown 37 15–20–2 McNeese State McNeese State
won 1
Louisiana–Lafayette Southeastern Louisiana Cypress Mug 39 19–17–3 Louisiana–Lafayette Southeastern Louisiana
won 1
Texas State Nicholls State Battle for the Paddle Paddle 30 14–16 Nicholls State Texas State
won 1
Troy Middle Tennessee Battle for the Palladium Palladium 20 12–8 Middle Tennessee Middle Tennessee
won 1

Final standings[edit]

By rank[edit]

Conference[edit]

School '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15
Appalachian State 3 2
Arkansas State 4 3 3 6 1 3 5 3 6 4 1 1 1 4 1
Florida Atlantic 7 3 1 3 3 6 9 8
Florida International 4 8 7 5 6 1 4 8
Georgia Southern 1 3
Georgia State 8 11 4
Idaho 7 7 6 9 9 5
Louisiana-Lafayette 4 4 2 7 1 5 5 2 5 6 3 2 1 2 5
Louisiana-Monroe 6 4 8 4 1 5 3 5 3 4 6 2 3 7 11
Middle Tennessee 1 4 3 5 4 1 3 5 2 3 8 2
New Mexico State 3 2 7 3 9 5
North Texas 1 1 1 1 7 7 7 8 8 6 5 6
South Alabama 10 3 4 5
Texas State 7 4 10
Troy 2 4 1 1 1 1 1 7 6 3 7 5
Utah State 3 7
Western Kentucky 9 9 2 5 3

By year[edit]

2001 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Middle Tennessee +   5 1         8 3  
North Texas +   5 1         5 7  
New Mexico State   4 2         5 7  
Louisiana–Lafayette   2 4         3 8  
Arkansas State   2 4         2 9  
Louisiana–Monroe   2 4         2 9  
Idaho   1 5         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2002 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Texas $   6 0         8 5  
New Mexico State   5 1         7 5  
Arkansas State   3 3         6 7  
Middle Tennessee   2 4         4 8  
Louisiana–Lafayette   2 4         3 9  
Louisiana–Monroe   2 4         3 9  
Idaho   1 5         2 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2003 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Texas $   7 0         9 4  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 2         4 8  
Arkansas State   3 3         5 7  
Middle Tennessee   3 3         4 8  
Utah State   3 3         3 9  
Idaho   3 4         3 9  
New Mexico State   2 5         3 9  
Louisiana–Monroe   1 5         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2004 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Texas $   7 0         7 5  
Troy   4 2         7 5  
New Mexico State   3 2         5 6  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 3         5 6  
Middle Tennessee   4 4         5 6  
Arkansas State   3 4         3 8  
Louisiana–Lafayette   2 5         4 7  
Utah State   2 5         3 8  
Idaho   2 5         3 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2005 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Arkansas State +   5 2         6 6  
Louisiana–Lafayette +   5 2         6 5  
Louisiana–Monroe +   5 2         5 6  
FIU   3 4         5 6  
Middle Tennessee   3 4         4 7  
Troy   3 4         4 7  
Florida Atlantic   2 5         2 9  
North Texas   2 5         2 9  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2006 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy +   6 1         8 5  
Middle Tennessee +   6 1         7 6  
Arkansas State   4 3         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   4 3         5 7  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 4         6 6  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 4         4 8  
North Texas   2 5         3 9  
FIU   0 7         0 12  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2007 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Florida Atlantic +   6 1         8 5  
Troy +   6 1         8 4  
Middle Tennessee   4 3         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 3         6 6  
Arkansas State   3 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 4         3 9  
FIU   1 6         1 11  
North Texas   1 6         2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
2008 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy $   6 1         8 5  
Louisiana–Lafayette   5 2         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   4 3         7 6  
Arkansas State   4 3         6 6  
FIU   3 4         5 7  
Middle Tennessee   3 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 4         4 8  
North Texas   0 7         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
2009 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy $   8 0         9 4  
Middle Tennessee   7 1         10 3  
Louisiana–Monroe   5 3         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   5 3         5 7  
Louisiana–Lafayette   4 4         6 6  
Arkansas State   3 5         4 8  
FIU   3 5         3 9  
North Texas   1 7         2 10  
WKU   0 8         0 12  
  • $ – Conference champion
As of January 6, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll
2010 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
FIU +   6 2         7 6  
Troy +   6 2         8 5  
Middle Tennessee   5 3         6 7  
Arkansas State   4 4         4 8  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 4         5 7  
Florida Atlantic   3 5         4 8  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 5         3 9  
North Texas   3 5         3 9  
WKU   2 6         2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll
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   0 2         0 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
  • *All wins for Louisiana-Lafayette (9–4, 6–2) in the 2011 season are vacated
As of October 12, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll
2012 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Arkansas State $   7 1         10 3  
Louisiana–Lafayette   6 2         9 4  
Louisiana–Monroe   6 2         8 5  
Middle Tennessee   6 2         8 4  
WKU   4 4         7 6  
Troy   3 5         5 7  
North Texas   3 5         4 8  
Florida Atlantic   2 6         3 9  
FIU   2 6         3 9  
South Alabama*   1 7         2 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • South Alabama not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of their transition to the FBS.
Rankings from AP Poll
2013 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Arkansas State +   5 2         8 5  
Louisiana–Lafayette   5 2         9 4  
WKU   4 3         8 4  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 3         6 6  
South Alabama   4 3         6 6  
Troy   4 3         6 6  
Texas State   2 5         6 6  
Georgia State*   0 7         0 12  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ULL vacated co-championship due to major NCAA violations. Georgia State ineligible for post-season bowl games due to FBS transition and ineligible for Sun Belt Conference championship due to Sun Belt Conference decision.
Rankings from AP Poll
2014 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Georgia Southern* $   8 0         9 3  
Louisiana–Lafayette   7 1         9 4  
Appalachian State*   6 2         7 5  
Texas State   5 3         7 5  
Arkansas State   5 3         7 6  
South Alabama   5 3         6 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 5         4 8  
Troy   3 5         3 9  
New Mexico State   1 7         2 10  
Idaho**   1 7         1 10  
Georgia State   0 8         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • *Appalachian State and Georgia Southern ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
    ** Idaho ineligible for postseason play due to APR penalties
As of November 22, 2014; Rankings from AP Poll
2015 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Arkansas State $   8 0         9 4  
Appalachian State   7 1         11 2  
Georgia Southern   6 2         9 4  
Georgia State   5 3         6 7  
South Alabama   3 5         5 7  
Idaho   3 5         4 8  
Troy   3 5         4 8  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 5         4 8  
New Mexico State   3 5         3 9  
Texas State   2 6         3 9  
Louisiana–Monroe   1 7         2 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
As of December 23, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "How many NCAA Division I championships has your school won?". NCAA.org. Spring 2007. Archived from the original on April 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  2. ^ All time Division I-A football records, College Football Data Warehouse
  3. ^ http://football.stassen.com/records/opponent.html

External links[edit]