Sun Belt Conference — Bowl projections 2015-16

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Sun Belt Conference

The Sun Belt Conference features four bowl tie-ins, including one with the new Cure Bowl to be played in Orlando.   Six of the 11 teams in the conference are projected to receive a bowl bid by at least one of the experts, with four projected by all five.  There is near a consensus on a an appearance by Louisiana — Lafayette in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, but after that, it is wide open.  Our picks follow at the end.  At the end of the season, we will review the projections.   Please feel free to submit your comments or your own projections.

 Appalachian State

  • Athlon Sports                   Camellia Bowl vs. Akron
  • Sporting News                  New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech
  • Mark Schlabach               Cure Bowl vs. East Carolina
  • Brett McMurphy              Cure Bowl vs. East Carolina
  • Phil Steele                            GoDaddy Bowl vs. Toledo

 Arkansas State

  • Athlon Sports                   GoDaddy Bowl vs. Western Michigan
  • Sporting News                  Cure Bowl vs. East Carolina
  • Mark Schlabach               Austin Bowl* vs. SMU
  • Brett McMurphy              GoDaddy Bowl vs. Northern Illinois
  • Phil Steele                            Camellia Bowl vs. Akron

Georgia Southern

  • Athlon Sports                    Cure Bowl vs. UCF
  • Sporting News                  Camellia Bowl vs. Toledo
  • Mark Schlabach               GoDaddy Bowl vs. Northern Illinois
  • Brett McMurphy              Camellia Bowl vs. Western Michigan
  • Phil Steele                           Austin Bowl* vs. Houston

 Louisiana—Lafayette

  • Athlon Sports                    New Orleans Bowl vs. UTEP
  • Sporting News                   GoDaddy Bowl vs. Western Michigan
  • Mark Schlabach               New Orleans Bowl vs. Air Force
  • Brett McMurphy              New Orleans Bowl vs.  Southern Miss
  • Phil Steele                            New Orleans Bowl vs. Rice

 South Alabama

  • Athlon Sports                   No Bid Projected
  • Sporting News                  No Bid Projected
  • Mark Schlabach               Camellia Bowl vs. Akron
  • Brett McMurphy              No Bid Projected
  • Phil Steele                            No Bid Projected

 Texas State

  • Athlon Sports                   No Bid Projected
  • Sporting News                  No Bid Projected
  • Mark Schlabach               No Bid Projected
  • Brett McMurphy              Austin Bowl*  vs. Temple
  • Phil Steele                            Cure Bowl vs. UCF

 

My picks:

  • R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Louisiana — Lafayette
  • Cure Bowl – Georgia Southern
  • Camellia Bowl – Texas State
  • Cure Bowl – Appalachian State
  • Go Daddy Bowl – Arkansas State

The author is a die-hard college football fan and has served on the selection committees for multiple bowl games.

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