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    1. lost in Va.
      January 18, 2017 at 6:12 am

      ‘Bout time!!

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    2017 Sun Belt Conference Football Opponents

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    1. Z Man
      January 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      The Sun Belt could be thinking major changes after this coming season because I am projecting Arkansas State, ULL, ULM and Texas State all moving to C-USA to replace schools departing for the American among other conference realignment changes in 2018.

    2. Ryan
      January 12, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      So no divisions and no title game? That seems odd.

      • Georgia Southern: 2017 SBC Champions
        January 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

        Divisions and SBC title game will begin in 2018.

        2018 Sun Belt Conference lineup will consist of…

        EAST: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Troy
        WEST: Arkansas State, Louisiana, South Alabama, Texas State, ULM

        No chance in hell any SBC school leaves for CUSA…ever. No incentive…CUSA was LAST in conference standings among the 10 FBS conferences in 2016. The TV deals are essentially identical now. The SBC has stronger athletic programs top to bottom. I could see Texas State wanting to move to be with the various Texas schools in CUSA but no other school in the SBC would see any benefit in jumping conferences unless it was the American or a P5 conference.

      • Jeremy
        January 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

        According to (I think) this site, the SBC will start playing a conference title game in 2018 under the revised NCAA rule that is allowing the Big 12 to play a Conf. title game this next year with only 10 teams.

        I know, stupid.

        At least the SBC isn’t already playing everyone in the conference. They aren’t guaranteed to have a rematch.

      • Kevin Kelley
        January 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

        Title game starts in 2018. They haven’t officially announced divisions yet.

      • Z Man
        January 16, 2017 at 7:46 pm

        LA Tech wants an in-state rival in their conference, especially since they never got to develop a rivalry with Tulane. With my projections they get both ULL and ULM.

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    1. Z Man
      December 21, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      The Cajuns could be joining NMSU in leaving the Sun Belt in 2018.

      Only here, ULL is in my projections to become an all-sports member of C-USA, as are fellow Sun Belt schools ULM, Arkansas State and Texas State and OVC schools EKU and Jacksonville State.

      This comes after C-USA would lose Charlotte, Southern Miss, UAB, Marshall, Rice and UTEP to the American who loses Cincinnati and UConn to the ACC and Houston, SMU, Memphis and Temple to the Big 12 (who also adds BYU and Boise State).

      The Sun Belt would replace its lost schools with Southland members Central Arkansas, Lamar, Sam Houston State, and McNeese State, Big South schools UNC Asheville and Liberty, along with FGCU of the ASUN and James Madison of the CAA (all but UNCA and FGCU play football).

      • Day
        December 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm

        This is wishful thinking at best. SMU, Memphis & Temple add nothing to the BIG-12 but a couple of victories for Kansas, they would be doormats in that conference.
        Not sure if C-USA could survive another hit from ACC & the SUN BELT should be fine since all they do is bring FCS schools in.

      • Shep
        December 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

        UTEP doesn’t move the needle for the American and is too far out west (in addition to not being relevant at sports). SHSU would most likely not make a move unless SFA joins them, but right now leaving the Southland would be bad logistically considered how close all of the schools are to one another. Nobody in their right mind would touch Liberty with a 10 foot pole, that school and its administration are a dumpster fire.

      • Z Man
        December 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm

        Sun Belt would take Lamar over SFA because Lamar has history in the conference, being there most of the 1990s.

    2. Phil
      December 22, 2016 at 8:51 am

      More like a couple more losses for Kansas to endure. Only one of those four Kansas would want added is SMU. Memphis beat Kansas 55-23 last season and 43-7 this season, and I think Temple is vastly superior to Kansas at the moment, even with the coaching change. Not that any of that matters, Big 12 already said they aren’t expanding. Everything Z Man posted is just a pipe dream.

      • Z Man
        December 22, 2016 at 12:54 pm

        Big 12 could change its mind about expansion in a year or so if they still get left out of the playoff for example.

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    1. MJB
      December 19, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Have you sent a FOIA request to New Mexico State to find out if they have scheduled other 2018 football games?

      • Kevin Kelley
        December 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm

        Sent one 10 days ago but they haven’t responded yet. Probably why this series was announced today.

      • Stuart
        December 20, 2016 at 1:18 pm

        I can confirm it is the reason. I contacted Moccia to ask when fans could expect the schedule, and he said sooner rather than later, and added a reporter filed a FOIA, so he contacted the schools to let them know he will be releasing the schedule. By January your FOIA will be moot.

      • Kevin Kelley
        December 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

        Doesn’t matter to me. They are supposed to respond by Dec. 23, so either way there will be some more info released soon.

      • Kevin Kelley
        December 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm

        NMSU delayed their response to “on or before Jan. 4.” So likely we will see schedule info trickle out until then or there will be a single release.

      • @dbrunstheworld
        December 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm

        Thanks Kevin. Us geeks love the info.

      • Eric
        January 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

        Any news come out on the FOIA you requested?

      • Kevin Kelley
        January 4, 2017 at 11:25 am

        Came back yesterday. Only the Wyoming and ULL contracts.

      • Eric
        January 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

        ahh ok. Keep up the good work and thanks for the info. Was hoping for some juicy nuggets.

      • @dbrunstheworld
        January 4, 2017 at 8:33 pm

        Geez. Poor NMSU. Only having weeks 0 through 2 scheduled seems like a bad spot. And a bad spot to negotiate reasonable contracts from. Hopefully UTEP and UNM will be good rivals and help fill later season dates in. Good luck to NMSU.

    2. David
      December 19, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Wouldn’t there still be a New Mexico game each year? Kevin, you have annual games listed on UNM’s main page going far into future years.

      UTEP? Seems to be a good home and home for UTEP’s fans, to just go north up I-10.

      Regionally, “fellow” independent BYU still needs two games in ’18. The other major independent with no locked games, UMass, doing a pretty darn good job filling their schedules, already has 11 games.

      They have a November advantage — in a way — offering any northern climate G5 or P5 school a chance to play in warmer climes in Las Cruces, for what it’s worth. Now that the Sun Belt doesn’t control those weeks late in the season, one might think a MAC or northern AAC team would go for a home and home if the trip to LC is near the season’s end.

      • Biggs
        December 19, 2016 at 11:08 pm

        I have to agree with you. I think Army tends to play 2 fcs teams a year. They can replace 1 fcs team with New Mexico state. I think unms should have 5-8 games a year roughly planned out a year. They could play the following schedule roughly each year:
        New Mexico
        2 money games
        FCS team

        If nmsu wants they can try and schedule more money games. I know some SEC teams schedule late season cupcake teams. I doubt at least at this point that nmsu is much harder then a fcs team. Though they have the added benefit of being a fbs team. Most of the teams mentioned can be scheduled late in the season. Army, umass, and BYU are independent and in theroy schedule the games in November. One of the 2 money games could be the SEC late season ooc game.

      • Day
        December 20, 2016 at 9:29 am


        NMSU only plays P5 teams in September for the most part, so no, the SEC could not add them on as a “cupcake” in November. Try playing some of the FCS schools, they’re not as easy as you think.

      • Biggs
        December 20, 2016 at 1:09 pm

        I was mentioning or thinking that nmsu is easier then some FCS teams. Nmsu will be independent in 2018 and on for now so they can be used as a November cupcake game. Though like you mentioned most P-5 conferences don’t have late season season open dates. I was thinking they could try and schedule the other independents during November. They could schedule umass, byu, and army for November. For the Army games it could be on a 3 game rotation home and home and neutral site. They could use the last November match-up against a Sec teams in the years a Sec teams needs a late season game. They could have a bye week or like dbrunstheworld mentioned they could be a team that teams use the Hawaii exemption on.
        The only reason I bring up the Sec is that they use a late season open dates to not play a rivalry game
        Usually that is. I’m sure they maybe able to play a package 12 team in October.

      • @dbrunstheworld
        December 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

        Correct on BYU. Conferences are going more and more to try to protect the last two weeks pre-championship for conference games. BYU will need games the week before travelling to USC and Stanford most years. Las Cruces much closer than Foxborough.

        If Army, NMSU, UMass and BYU could plan together in scheduling, which is unlikely, they could have games the last three weeks of November versus one another. That round-robin would enable a championship game between the four the first week of December under current rules. That might be what is needed to lure UConn the remainder of the way toward Big East/Indy. But that doesn’t add a fifth team, that likely leads to more trickle-down changes when the American needs a team…Oh well.

    3. JackStriker
      December 20, 2016 at 5:29 am

      “I know some SEC teams schedule late season cupcake teams.”


      Try not to incite a whine-fest from O-Da-Doo-Da-Day and Billy Joe Bob with that comment. Then again, they only spew their idiotic platitudes about the SEC kingdom when the SEC is mentioned. So, they probably won’t even view this discussion.

      As for Army. They are an Independent Service Academy. Hard to schedule for that. They need the East Coast games to negate travel toll on the players, in addition to one or two FCS games, plus a few vs. Power 5 Schools.

      But with Monken on board now, they may be able to recruit up and be able to schedule a little tougher down the road.

      • Lebron james
        December 20, 2016 at 7:57 am

        You are so butthurt its not even funny. Can you go one day without talking about the SEC? This is why no one likes you on this website. Hang yourself.

      • Day
        December 20, 2016 at 9:25 am


        ” Then again, they only spew their idiotic platitudes about the SEC kingdom when the SEC is mentioned.”
        You always spew your SEC bashing even when an article is not about the SEC like this one.
        Butthurt is right.

      • JackStriker
        December 21, 2016 at 7:45 am

        The article did not mention the SEC, but a comment did, so I commented on that. Nice try, ladies.

      • Lebron james
        December 22, 2016 at 5:41 pm


        I would have no problem with your comment if it had any relevance to the conversation. Biggs was talking about scheduling and when he mentioned the SEC, you chime in with the dull meaningless “all SEC football fans are dumb”. I’m an ohio state fan and i by no means like the SEC, but you simply are a biased whiny child with no critical abilities whatsoever.

      • JackStriker
        December 23, 2016 at 2:44 am

        Le Brown Jimmy,

        Go back and quote on any other article where I posted, “All SEC fans are dumb.” I have never said that. I was attacked by SEC fans for posting thoughtful and statistically sound rebuttals to their arguments about the SEC being the best conference the bar none. I only reply with facts.

        Cold hard facts. I just shrug off the insults due to the fact that they are so childish and actually now revel in the fact that you girls get your panties in a bunch every time I reply. if any of you actually responded with sound arguments it would be fun to discuss but since you are only intellectually able to tell people to hump their moms or sisters you get wheat you get.

        Ironically, LeBrown………..

        You are probably some white teenager using a screen name as LeBron James and actually used, “Hang yourself.” as an end point to an argument.

        You are so historically and verbally challenged in a catastrophic sense that it pains me to actually read what you type……..

      • Day
        December 23, 2016 at 9:27 am


        You are kidding right? 1st, thanks for this comment:
        ” I was attacked by SEC fans for posting thoughtful and statistically sound rebuttals to their arguments about the SEC being the best conference the bar none. I only reply with facts.”
        Thoughtful & statistically sound rebuttals ………Lmao!
        No SEC fan attacked you, this started a couple of years ago when you were bashing Patrick Ryan about him defending the SEC & being a Clemson fan (don’t think I don’t know). Go back & see some of the comments you used to leave, talk about being childish & calling people names. I think your are the white teenager with all the add-ons & changing of people’s names, that is what an insult is, calling the SEC the SECLeast is an insult. I truly don’t think you are old enough to figure this out yet. To many people see through you by now, its to late to start (trying) to sound smart.

      • Lebron james
        December 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm


        First off, i’m not white. What does that have to do with anything? Second, you claim that you don’t attack SEC fans. We all know that’s bullshit. You claim that when i used “hang yourself” that was part of my argument. I only said that because it’s a known fact that Shep and Maverick are the only people on this website that even remotely like you. Why do you even hate the SEC anyway?

      • Lebron james
        December 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm


        To be honest with you, the SEC east is trash no argument there. However, the SEC west has been the best division for years until now. The SEC has also been the best conference for the past ten years. The SEC this year is mediocre at best. The BIG 10 s just starting to rise again, and we don’t even know if its really as good as it seems to be.

      • JackStriker
        December 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

        Double-Wide Day,

        It is called,


        Go look it up. Or try.


    4. @dbrunstheworld
      December 20, 2016 at 7:52 am

      While NMSU’s biggest need is November games, this is great use by NMSU of Wyoming’s Hawaii exemption to play in August. Shifts the whole schedule ahead a week if Nov 17 & Nov 24 games cannot be found.

      • Stuart
        December 20, 2016 at 1:29 pm

        Bingo! Using the week zero exception was brilliant.

        As for Independents, BYU might do a 2 for 1 deal, like they have done in the recent past with NMSU. If so you can pencil in October 13th or 20th in Provo. UMass also needs a home game, and a frigid November 24th is open … maybe better to end the season on the 10th.

        November 10th and 17th are SEC patsy weeks before they play rivals. Ole’ Miss has the 10th open and my WAG is NMSU will be that patsy. Look for an FCS school in early November as well.

    5. Z Man
      December 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      By the time NMSU starts their independence they could sign a deal with NBCSN to air their home games which could prompt moving many of their home games to weeknights to better facilitate TV coverage

      NBCSN currently only has the Ivy League and the Bayou Classic as part of their college football coverage, wouldn’t hurt them to sublicense some Sun Belt games from ESPN and add UMass home games either.

    6. Z Man
      December 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Wyoming can schedule a fifth non-conference game (most likely a home game) because they play at Hawaii in 2018

    7. David
      December 20, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      A question for Kevin and others who’ve studied the Week Zero and Hawai’i/Alaska exemptions. Would it include playing games in Mexico? NMSU would be a natural to shift a game down to Mexico City or Monterrey the same weekend the NFL is playing a game down there. An international game would work well paired with the NFL game….

      • Kevin Kelley
        December 20, 2016 at 7:46 pm

        As the rule is currently written, it only applies to Hawaii: Exception—Institutions That Compete in Hawaii. [FBS/FCS] An institution that is scheduled to play a regular-season game in Hawaii may play its first permissible contest with outside competition on the Saturday prior to the Thursday preceding Labor Day. If the institution’s first opponent of the season is not a member institution located in Hawaii, the institution’s first opponent of the season may also play its first contest (game or scrimmage) with outside competition on the Saturday prior to the Thursday preceding Labor Day. (Adopted: 4/28/16 effective 8/1/16)

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    1. Z Man
      December 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Here are ALL the teams playing in bowls at or close to home, not just the ones playing in their home stadiums.

      New Mexico
      Central Florida
      Louisiana-Lafayette VS. Southern Mississippi (it’s a toss-up)
      North Texas
      Miami (Florida)
      Texas A&M
      Southern California

      • Day
        December 14, 2016 at 8:45 pm

        That USC team gets to play close to home again, may be that “special Trojan fan” can stop complaining about SEC teams playing in bowls close to home. I luv it when they compare the miles to the stadium from both campuses. Should be an easy win for the Trojans then, I guess. Like last year…….ohh wait.

    2. larry anderson
      December 14, 2016 at 12:51 am

      TCU is 15-15-1 in post season games.

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