The VSiN college football experts have been hard at work this summer, writing up team previews and predictions for all 131 FBS teams, including their favorite individual season win total and College Football Playoff bets.
Here are the team previews for the Sun Belt:
The Sun Belt looks like one of the stronger Group of Five conferences this season, and the Mountaineers continue to be the class of the league. As crazy as it sounds, last year’s 10-4 showing was probably viewed as a disappointment within the program as Appalachian State lost to Louisiana in the Sun Belt championship game and gave up 59 points to Western Kentucky in the Boca Raton Bowl. That should add some motivation this season.
The Mountaineers look strong on offense once again as they return seven starters from a unit that racked up 6.3 yards per play and nearly 35 points per game. The turnover issues that quarterback Chase Brice had at Duke carried over to App State with 11 interceptions, but he also threw 27 touchdown passes and more than 3,300 yards. Brice will have to develop a rapport with some new receivers as his top three pass catchers from last season all moved on.