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By Jackson Schroeder
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Appalachian State is one a three-game winning streak, but the Mountaineers will be tested when they travel to Arkansas State.

Appalachian State at Arkansas State:

Appalachian State enters this matchup on a three-game winning streak. The Mountaineers are now 4-5 overall and 3-2 in the Sun Belt. Appalachian State is driven by its 2-st ranked running game. Running back Marcus Cox has rushed for 916 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, while teammate Terrrence Upshaw has rushed for 440 yards and two scores. At 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference, Arkansas State, to this point, is one of the best teams in the Sun Belt. Dual-threat quarterback Fredi Knighten, who has passed for 2,065 yards and 12 touchdowns, and has rushed for 547 yards and eight touchdowns, leads the Red Wolves. The Appalachian State hot streak ends here against a talented Arkansas State team.

Prediction: 35-17 Arkansas State

Georgia Southern at Navy:

Georgia Southern fans should really be looking forward to this matchup. For the Eagles, this can serve as a huge statement game. Navy is 4-5 overall, but it is still a very dangerous team. The Midshipmen gave seventh-ranked Ohio State a run for its money in the first week of the season. There are no doubts that Kevin Ellison and Matt Breida will do their jobs offensively, but the defense is a bit of a worry. Navy is ranked second in the country in rushing yards, standing only behind Georgia Southern. The Midshipmen have a talented triple option offense led by quarterback Keenan Reynolds. If the Georgia Southern defense can avoid giving up a substantial amount of points, the Eagles have a good chance of winning.

Prediction: 24-21 Georgia Southern

Troy at Idaho:

This is a matchup between two struggling Sun Belt teams. Troy stands at 2-8 overall and 2-4 in the Sun Belt. Meanwhile, Idaho is 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the Sun Belt. Troy is coming off of a 45-21 blowout win against Georgia State last weekend. However, other than that, there have been very few shining moments for the Trojans this season. The only good thing that has happened to Idaho this season is having a freshman quarterback who has already stepped up to become the offensive leader. Quarterback Matt Linehan has thrown for 2,042 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. Troy should ride off of its blowout win last week and take care of Idaho this weekend.

Prediction: 34-17 Troy

Louisiana at UL-Monroe:

Louisiana has been very impressive as of late, and is on a five-game winning streak. Dual-threat quarterback Terrence Broadway has been very impressive for Louisiana, throwing for 1,598 yards and ten touchdowns, while rushing for 460 yards and one score on the ground. Tt the beginning of the season, ULM seemed to be the more impressive team in this matchup, but as of late the Warhawks have lost five straight. In a sense, they have fallen off the tracks. Quarterback Pete Thomas has been preforming well, throwing for 2,052 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. A hot Ragin’ Cajuns team will take care of ULM in blowout fashion this weekend.

Prediction: 45-21 Louisiana

Texas State at South Alabama:

This is a matchup between two very similar teams.  Texas State stands at 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Sun Belt, while South Alabama stands at 5-4 and 4-3 in the Sun Belt. Texas State gave conference leader Georgia Southern a run for its money last week in a 28-25 game. The Bobcats are led by running backs Robert Lowe, who has rushed for 633 yards and seven touchdowns, and Terrence Franks, who has rushed for 567 yards and seven touchdowns. South Alabama is coming off of a 45-10 loss to Arkansas State last weekend, and has not been playing its best football as of late.  Texas State has seemed to be a more solid team up to this point and will take care of South Alabama this weekend.

Prediction: 34-10 Texas State

Jackson Schroeder - Jackson Schroeder is a huge sports fan who intends on staying in the sports broadcasting and journalism field. He is an undergrad journalism major at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a graduate of Savannah Country Day School in Savannah, Georgia. At Savannah Country Day, Jackson played three sports: football, baseball, and wrestling. He has decided to not pursue any sport in college, and take the academic route. Jackson will cover the Sun Belt Conference for Southern Pigskin.