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Conference Notes: Sun Belt

WEEK 2 SCHEDULE

Friday, Sept. 10
Kansas at No. 17/19 Coastal Carolina 6:30 p.m. ESPN2

Saturday, Sept. 11
Georgia Southern at Florida Atlantic 2:30 p.m. Stadium
South Alabama at Bowling Green 3:00 p.m. ESPN+
App State at No. 22/24 Miami 6:00 p.m. ESPNU
Memphis at Arkansas State 6:00 p.m. ESPN+
Nicholls at Louisiana 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Texas State at FIU 6:00 p.m. ESPN+
Liberty at Troy 6:00 p.m. ESPN+
Georgia State at No. 24/22 UNC 6:30 p.m. ESPN3

All Times CT

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
No. 17/19 Coastal Carolina will host a Power Five opponent on the Surf Turf in Brooks Stadium for the first time when it welcomes Kansas at 6:30 p.m. CT Friday night on ESPN2. The Chanticleers are 2-0 in the all-time series against the Jayhawks, defeating Kansas 12-7 on Sept. 7, 2019, and 38-23 on Sept. 12, 2020. Coastal Carolina is coming off an 11-1 campaign in 2020, including a 11-0 regular-season mark. Kansas went 0-9 in 2020, but did snap its 13-game losing streak with a 17-14 win over South Dakota on Sept. 3

GOING BOWLING
South Alabama will face its first road test of the 2021 season when it visits Bowling Green at 3 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+. The matchup will be the first between the two programs since they met in the inaugural Camellia Bowl on Dec. 20, 2014. That game was the first-ever bowl appearance for the Jaguars, whose football program was established in 2009. Bowling Green led throughout, until South Alabama took a 28-27 lead with 80 seconds remaining. The Falcons scored a 78-yard touchdown on the first play of the ensuing possession to claim a 33-28 victory.

TANGLING WITH THE TOP 25
App State and Georgia State will each visit a Top 25-ranked opponent looking to rebound from a Week 1 loss on Saturday. App State will take on No. 22/24 Miami at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. The Hurricanes dropped their season-opener to No. 1/1 Alabama, 44-13, on Sept. 4. Despite their infamous 34-32 victory over No. 5/5 Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007, the Mountaineers still looking for their first victory over a nationallyranked opponent since joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2014. Georgia State will face off against No. 24/22 UNC at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN3. The Tar Heels fell to Virginia Tech, 17-10, in their season-opener on Sept. 3. The Panthers are also looking for their first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since starting their football program in 2010.

FAMILIAR FOE
Separated by just 75 miles and a state line, Arkansas State will host a familiar foe in Memphis at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+. The Red Wolves have squared off against the Tigers more than any other opponent in program history—Saturday’s matchup will be the 60th all-time meeting between the two schools. Memphis leads the all-time series 30-23-5, though the Red Wolves have won the last three games (2012, 2011 and 2007) between the two programs in Jonesboro.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
The home team has won each of the prior three meetings between Liberty and Troy—a history that favors the Trojans, who host the Flames at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+. Troy has accumulated at least 400 yards of total offense in 17-of-24 games under head coach and play caller Chip Lindsey, including its season-opening 55-3 rout of Southern on Sept. 4. The Trojans are 0-7 when failing to reach the 400-yard plateau. A win Saturday would give Troy its first 2-0 start since 2013.

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