WEEK 12 SCHEDULE
Saturday, Nov. 11
Coastal Carolina at Army 11:00 a.m. CBSSN
ULM at No. 13/14 Ole Miss 11:00 a.m. SEC Network
Southern Miss at Mississippi State 11:00 a.m. ESPN+
App State at No. 18/21 James Madison 1:00 p.m. ESPN+
Texas State at Arkansas State 2:00 p.m. ESPN+
Louisiana at Troy 2:30 p.m. NFL Network
Marshall at South Alabama 4:00 p.m. ESPN+
Old Dominion at Georgia Southern 5:00 p.m. ESPN+
Georgia State at No. 15/15 LSu 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
All Times CT
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
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The ESPN College GameDay crew will take the stage from the Quad in front of Wilson Hall in Harrisonburg, Va., from 8-11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 18, ahead of the Dukes clash with App State in front of a sellout crowd at 1 p.m. on ESPN+. This will be the 14th time that College GameDay—which is celebrating its 30th year on the road Saturday—will broadcast from an FBS campus from a nonautonomy conference. This will be App State’s second College GameDay appearance in as many years, after hosting the show in Boone, N.C., in 2022. The game is the 18th meeting between the two programs, with App State leading the all-time series 12-5. James Madison scored 29 unanswered to secure a comefrom-behind road win over App State a year ago in the first-ever matchup at the FBS level and as Sun Belt Conference foes.
OUT OF THE SUN
The Sun Belt Conference boasts a 34-18 non-conference mark on the season, including a winning record against each of its non-autonomy conference peers. Four Sun Belt teams will hit the road on Saturday, Nov. 18, to conclude the league’s regular-season non-conference slate. Coastal Carolina will travel to Army at 11 a.m. on CBSSN, ULM will visit No. 13/14 Ole Miss at 11 a.m. on SEC Network, Southern Miss will take on in-state foe Mississippi State at 11 a.m. on ESPN+ and Georgia State will round out the nonconference bouts at No. 15/15 LSU at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The Sun Belt already boasts a conference-record four victories over autonomy five opponents for the second-straight season—and can better that mark with a victory over 1-of-3 SEC opponents Saturday.
LONG TIME COMING
Arkansas State, which appeared in nine-straight bowl games from 2011-19, can clinch bowl eligibility for the first time in four seasons with a victory over Texas State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, on ESPN+. The Red Wolves have dropped three-straight to the Bobcats, but maintain a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series. Each of Texas State’s three recent victories have been by three-or-fewer points—16-13 in 2022, 24- 22 in 2021 and 47-45 in 2020. Texas State, which is already bowl eligible for the first time in nine seasons, can match its FBS program record for wins in a season (7 in 2014) with a victory Saturday.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON
Troy clinched the Sun Belt West Division title for the second-straight season in Week 11 and controls its own destiny to host the 2023 Hercules Tires Sun Belt Football Championship Game. The reigning Sun Belt champions host Louisiana at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, on NFL Network. The Ragin’ Cajuns— who won four-straight Sun Belt West Division crowns from 2018-21 before the Trojans current two-year streak—own a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series. Troy scored 23 unanswered—including the game-winning touchdown with five seconds remaining—to rally for a 23-17 road win over Louisiana in 2022. The Ragin’ Cajuns can clinch bowl eligibility for the sixth-straight season with a win.
The winner of the head-to-head matchup between Marshall and South Alabama at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, on ESPN+ will join the six-team contingent of Sun Belt programs that have already clinched bowl eligibility. App State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Texas State and Troy are bowl eligible—with four more teams—Arkansas State, Louisiana, Marshall and South Alabama—sitting one win away. A Thundering Herd victory would clinch bowl eligibility for the seventh-straight season, while a Jaguars win would clinch bowl eligibility for the second-straight campaign and the fourth time in program history.