Sun Belt league believes it can win more

Posted: July 25, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas State Coach Blake Anderson said it’s important for Group of 5 schools like ASU to win nonconference games against Power 5 schools to make them viable contenders to play in one of college football’s top six bowl games. The Red Wolves have that chance, facing Power 5 teams Nebraska and Miami in its first two games
of the 2017 season.

Arkansas State Coach Blake Anderson said it’s important for Group of 5 schools like ASU to win nonconference games against Power 5 schools to make them viable contenders to play in one of college football’s top six bowl games. The Red Wolves have that chance, facing Power 5 teams Nebraska and Miami in its first two games of the 2017 season.

NEW ORLEANS -- Commissioner Karl Benson leaned into the podium microphone at Monday's media day inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and declared the Sun Belt was "no longer a younger brother" among NCAA football conferences.

Power plays

The 12 Sun Belt Conference football teams will play 19 games against Power 5 Conference schools (SEC, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12) this season. Arkansas State faces Nebraska of the Big Ten and Miami of the ACC in September. Two Sun Belt schools (New Mexico State and Coastal Carolina) will play Arkansas, with both games in Fayetteville.

APPALACHIAN STATE

DATE;OPPONENT

Sept. 2;at Georgia (SEC)

Sept. 23;Wake Forest (ACC)

ARKANSAS STATE

Sept. 2;at Nebraska (Big Ten)

Sept. 9;Miami (ACC)

COASTAL CAROLINA

Nov. 4;at Arkansas (SEC)

GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Sept. 2;at Auburn (SEC)

Sept. 23;at Indiana (Big 10)

GEORGIA STATE

Sept. 16;at Penn State (Big 10)

IDAHO

Oct. 21;at Missouri (SEC)

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Sept. 16;at Texas A&M (SEC)

Nov. 11;at Ole Miss (SEC)

LOUISIANA-MONROE

Sept. 9;at Florida State (ACC)

Nov. 18;at Auburn (SEC)

NEW MEXICO STATE

Aug. 31;at Arizona State (Pac-12)

Sept. 30;at Arkansas (SEC)

SOUTH ALABAMA

Sept. 2;at Ole Miss (SEC)

Sept. 8*;Okla. State (Big 12)

TEXAS STATE

Sept. 9;at Colorado (Pac-12)

TROY

Sept. 30;at LSU (SEC)

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