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By Jackson Schroeder
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There are three conference games on tap this weekend in the Sun Belt.

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern:

Georgia Southern Proves its Point with Big Win over App State

South Alabama at Idaho:

South Alabama is coming off of a hefty loss to Georgia Southern last week, but there is still hope though for the 1-2 Jaguars. Quarterback Brandon Bridge is a big talented player, standing at 6’5” and 235 pounds. He should lead the Jaguars in a conference win against the struggling Idaho Vandals. Idaho has seen its share of problems over the last few weeks. The 0-3 Vandals haven’t been blown-out yet, though, and quarterback Matt Linehan has been very successful. Linehan stands at second in the conference with 1,039 passing yards and eight touchdowns. There have been bright moments for Idaho this season, and the Vandals know how to stay in games. The problem has been winning.

Prediction: 28-17 South Alabama

Troy at Louisiana-Monroe

Troy, to this point, has been the worst team in the Sun Belt. The Trojans stand at 0-4, and the only close game that they had was a 38-34 loss against Abilene Christian. There have really been no standout players for the Trojans either so far this season. They face a good Sun Belt this weekend in Louisiana-Monroe. While the Warhawks were technically ranked first in the conference at the end of last weekend, there is a strong possibility they wont end up that way. Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas has led his team offensively so far this year with 650 passing yards. This matchup shouldn’t be a problem for the Warhawks, but it will be the games to come that will knock them out of first place.

Prediction: 21-7 Louisiana Monroe

New Mexico State at #17 LSU

This will be New Mexico State's first BCS conference opponent so far this year. The Aggies stand at 2-2 and third in the Sun Belt. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Rogers has been very impressive so far, throwing for 1,056 yards and nine touchdowns. LSU is coming off a disappointing loss to a surprisingly strong Mississippi State football team. LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings has thrown for 723 yards and five touchdowns, but it is the Tigers' 11th-ranked defense that truly makes them a hard team to beat. This is a night game in Tiger Stadium, and there is no way LSU loses this game to Tyler Rogers and New Mexico State.

Prediction: 43-7 LSU

Texas State at Tulsa:

Texas State is coming off a close 42-35 loss to Illinois last week. The Bobcats rank in the top 30 in both passing and rushing yards at this point, and have been very successful offensively. Quarterback Tyler Jones has thrown for 825 yards and nine touchdowns, and running back Robert Lowe has rushed for 359 yards and two touchdowns. Tulsa stands at 1-2 and the Golden Hurricanes have been blown out the past two games by a combined score of 102-28. The best attribute about Tulsa’s 2014 program is its quarterback situation. Tulsa ranks 22nd in the country in passing yards, and quarterback Dane Evans has thrown for 911 yards and six scores. This high performance passing offense will not be enough to pick up a win against a strong Texas State team on Saturday.

Prediction: 28-14 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.