THIS WEEK IN THE SUNBELT CONFERENCE
WEEK 13 SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov. 26
Coastal Carolina at South Alabama 2:30 p.m. ESPN+
Saturday, Nov. 27
Texas State at Arkansas State 1:00 p.m. ESPN+
Troy at Georgia State 1:00 p.m. ESPN+
Georgia Southern at App State 1:30 p.m. ESPN+
ULM at No. 23/23 Louisiana 3:00 p.m. ESPNU
All Times CT
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
AMONG THE ELITE
Since the start of the 2020 season, three Sun Belt programs rank among the Top 10 nationally in winning percentage. No. 23/23 Louisiana (20-2) and Coastal Carolina (20-3) sit third and fourth in the nation, trailing only Alabama (23-1) and Cincinnati (20-1), while App State rounds out the Top 10 at 18-6.
Troy junior linebacker Carlton Martial is one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top player who began his career as a walk-on. Martial is the nation’s leading tackler since the start of the 2018 season with 436 tackles, 69 more than the next closest player, and is 1-of-2 players in the country to have at least 115 tackles and 9.0 tackles for loss this season. A twotime Burlsworth Trophy semifinalist, Martial was the Preseason Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year entering the 2021 campaign and is the nation’s active leader averaging 9.46 tackles per game during his career.
App State will host rival Georgia Southern at 1:30 p.m. CT Saturday on Senior Day. Among the Mountaineers Senior Day honorees will be super senior wide receiver Thomas Hennigan—the all-time FBS record-holder with 62 starts to date. The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 20-15-1, including winning four of the last six, seven of the last 10 and 11 of the last 16 meetings. An App State win would allow the program to reach 10 wins for the fifth time in the last seven years.
CLOSE IT OUT
No. 23/23 Louisiana will aim to close out a perfect conference regular-season with a victory over ULM on Senior Day at 3 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU. Louisiana has never lost to a Sun Belt West Division opponent under head coach Billy Napier. This year’s senior class has already left its mark on the Ragin’ Cajuns program, having won four-straight West Division titles, strung together a program-record 10-game winning streak and earned the right to host the Sun Belt Football Championship Game for the first time in program history.
Four Sun Belt teams have clinched bowl eligibility—App State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State and No. 23/23 Louisiana. Two teams—South Alabama and Troy—can reach the requisite six wins with victories this weekend. South Alabama is 4-1 at home on the season and will host Coastal Carolina at 2:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN+. The home team has won each of the two prior meetings in the all-time series. Troy will visit Georgia State at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+, in its first game under interim head coach Brandon Hall. The Trojans own a 5-3 edge in the all-time series.