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By Jackson Schroeder
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Louisiana proved a serious point with a Tuesday night victory over Texas State.

Louisiana at Texas State (Tuesday):

Before the game started, this looked like it had the potential to be very close. That wasn’t how it turned out, though. Louisiana quickly jumped out to control this game with a 21-3 halftime lead. Louisiana star quarterback Terrence Broadway had his most impressive performance of the season, throwing for 225 yards and rushing for another 101. Texas State didn’t have control at any point of this game. The Bobcats struggled offensively, only producing 270 total yards of offense. Quarterback Tyler Jones was responsible for 176 of those yards in the passing game. Louisiana was predicted to win the Sun Belt this year, but up to this point it haddn’t looked like that’s how things would work out. This was a good statement game for Louisiana, and now the Ragin’ Cajuns have proven that they still have a real chance to win the conference.

Score: 34-10 Louisiana

Appalachian State at Troy:

This is a matchup between two struggling Sun Belt football programs. Appalachian State is coming off a disappointing loss to Big South opponent Liberty. The Mountaineers stand at 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the Sun Belt. The Mountaineers haven’t won since week two. Troy, on the other hand, is coming off of its first win of the season over in-conference opponent New Mexico State. The Trojans stand over Appalachian State in the Sun Belt at 1-1. The struggles for this Trojan football team have definitely been prevalent. Troy stands at 72nd in passing yards, 94th in rushing yards, 113th in points for, and 119th in points against. This Trojan team will increase those stats this weekend against a disappointing Appalachian State football team.

Prediction: 34-17 Troy

New Mexico State at Idaho:

This is another in-conference matchup between two struggling programs. New Mexico State is coming off a loss to previously winless Troy. Idaho still remains the only winless team in the Sun Belt at 0-6. New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers has been very impressive so far, leading his offense with 1,743 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. Other than that, New Mexico State has looked terrible lately, and is on a five-game losing streak. It is sort of the same story for Idaho. Vandals quarterback Matt Linehan leads the Sun Belt with 1,874 passing yards and nine touchdowns. That alone hasn’t been enough to win games for Idaho, however. I would like to say that the Vandals will get their first win this weekend, but I don’t see New Mexico State losing to winless teams two weekends in a row.

Prediction: 21-14 New Mexico State

Georgia State at South Alabama:

Georgia State stands at 1-5, and 0-3 in the Sun Belt. It has been a difficult road so far for the Panthers. Quarterback Nick Arbuckle has thrown for 1,753 yards and nine touchdowns so far this season, but the defense has been terrible. The Georgia State defense ranks 126th in the country, and seems to have all sorts of struggles. South Alabama, on the other hand, is 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Sun Belt. The Jaguars are coming off of a blowout win last weekend against Appalachian State and have started a bit of a hot streak. Quarterback Brandon Bridge is a dual-threat player who leads the team in passing yards, and is second on the team in rushing. South Alabama will stay hot this weekend and improve its Sun Belt record to 3-1.

Prediction: 28-14 South Alabama

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.