By Kenny Howell
Big change for the Sun Belt this year as four teams are gone to the Conference USA. There are eight still remaining, with a few more to come next year.
The big news of the conference is the arrival of Bobby Petrino. Petrino takes over an already pretty good team in Western Kentucky, and he never really has had a losing team. This team could easily get to 10 wins. After losses to Kentucky and Tennessee to start the season, the Hilltoppers could pull off 10 straight and finish 10-2.
The closest competition should be Arkansas State, which should only have one loss in conference play. They have to travel to Western Kentucky to end the season. Could be an 8-4 season.
Louisiana-Lafayette and Troy could factor into the mix, but I think both will have two conference losses.
1. Western Kentucky (10-2) (7-0)
2. Arkansas State (8-4) (6-1)
3. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) (5-2)
4. Troy (6-6) (5-2)
5. Louisiana-Monroe (6-6) (4-3)
6. Texas State (6-6) (3-4)
7. South Alabama (2-10) (1-6)
8. Georgia State (3-9) (0-7)
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