Based on what happened in 2019, it appears that a couple of teams in the SBC have separated themselves from the pack. A quick peek at the Sun Belt Conference football odds reiterates that sentiment.
Appalachian State and Louisiana Lafayette have clashed in the past two Sun Belt Championship games, and the upcoming season looks like we’re in for more of the same. Just don’t tell that to Chip Lindsey and the Trojans or Blake Anderson and the Red Wolves.
Perhaps Troy and/or Arkansas State can find their mojo and make a run at the title. Let’s see how likely that is by diving into my Sun Belt Conference football predictions for 2020.
Sun Belt Conference Winner – Odds for 2020
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As much I enjoy betting games on a Saturday, firing in some futures is my favorite way to go about betting college football online. It’s typically the most surefire way to exploit value, and it seems to be the case here.
Nothing against the rest of the teams in this G5 conference, but backing anyone other than App. State or Louisiana in your Sun Belt Conference football prediction might just be lighting money on fire.
Appalachian State Mountaineers
2019 Record: 13-1 (Won the New Orleans Bowl)
Best Player: Corey Sutton, WR
Appalachian State might be situated in a Group of Five Conference, but they sure don’t play like it. Wins on the road last year at North Carolina and South Carolina — along with a 13-1 record and a drubbing of UAB in the New Orleans Bowl — tell me this squad is battle-tested.
Shawn Clark replaces Eli Drinkwitz (left for HC job at Missouri) at the helm and will rely on rising senior QB Zac Thomas to carry the load, but four All-Conference selections from the offensive line will be back. Thomas has plenty of weapons to spread the ball around, and defensive lineman Demetrius Taylor is a handful.
Traveling to Wake Forest and Wisconsin in back-to-back weeks early in the year won’t be easy, but this program has made a habit out of beating Power 5 teams.
Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns
2019 Record: 11-3 (Won the LendingTree Bowl)
Best Player: Elijah Mitchell, RB
After 11 wins in 2019, Billy Napier and the Rajin’ Cajuns have a legitimate shot at winning at least 11 more games in 2020. Their matchup against Appalachian State takes place at Kidd Brewer Stadium, and Louisiana has a road tilt at Missouri looming in late November.
Other than that, Louisiana-Lafayette doesn’t have a whole lot standing in their way.
What they do have is a pair of highly motivated running backs coming back for their senior years. As a tandem, Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas contributed 1,967 rushing yards and 27 rushing TD, and that came while splitting work with Raymond Calais (886 rushing yards, 6 TDs).
Look for the Rajin’ Cajuns to cruise to the top of the Sun Belt West standings and have a date in the SBC Championship Game for the third consecutive year.
Who Will Win the Sun Belt Conference in 2020?
I didn’t forget to highlight Troy; I just don’t believe they’re in play as a valid Sun Belt Conference Football prediction this year. The Trojans got lambasted by Louisiana 53-3 in 2019, and Appalachian State pounded them into the ground 48-13.
When it comes to evaluating Arkansas State, I give a ton of credit to Blake Anderson and what he accomplished last year. I think the Red Wolves have a competitive roster as well, but their 2020 schedule didn’t do the university any favors.
Arkansas State has six true road games, including stops at Memphis, Michigan, Appalachian State, and Louisiana. Yikes.
Now you can see why I highlighted the Mountaineers and the Rajin’ Cajuns as the cream of the crop in the SBC. The two sides are fairly evenly matched, as Appalachian State has the pedigree while Louisiana brings in the top recruiting class in the Sun Belt Conference.
App. State defeated Louisiana-Lafayette in each of the past two SBC title games, but I think the Rajin’ Cajuns are ready to return the favor. Plus, getting +200 on my money as opposed to laying -125 sounds a lot more appetizing.
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