After last weekend’s victory over Troy, the Appalachian State University Mountaineers have earned the right to host the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game.
Champions of the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference, ASU will take the field against West Division champs Louisiana this upcoming Saturday, December 1 at noon EST.
If you haven’t been keeping track of college football, you may not know the importance of this first-ever Sun Belt Championship Game.
What’s at stake?
Having a Sun Belt Championship Game is not only an entertaining first — it represents the culmination of a new Sun Belt divisional structure and, with its debut on College GameDay on ESPN, is a major step forward for the conference.
“Having our [inaugural] championship game this year only increases what we already have going,” said Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson. The game is sure to draw viewership from all of the states that have Sun Belt members, including Louisiana and North Carolina as well as Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas.
For the two competing teams, the stakes could not be higher. Apart from simply wanting to do well on a national broadcast, the teams are jockeying for a spot at the R+L New Orleans Bowl on December 15.
What to Expect From App State
Hosts Appalachian State come into this game with a four-game win streak and the best record in the conference (9-2 overall, 7-1 against Sun Belt teams). Their high-octane offense scored 21 points in the first 20 minutes of last Saturday’s game before letting a vaunted defense take over and protect the lead.
Under Coach Scott Satterfield, ASU has the astonishing record of being the first team in FBS history to win a bowl game in each of its first three eligible seasons. With the R+L New Orleans Bowl looming large on the horizon, fans can expect the team to go all-out to make it four straight bowl wins.
What to Expect From Louisiana
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will make their way to Kidd-Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina to snatch that fourth straight bowl win from App State and take the Sun Belt Champion title for themselves. With a 7-5 overall record and 5-3 within the conference, the team are no slouches.
In their final game against UL Monroe last Saturday to clinch the West Division title, the Ragin’ Cajuns’ star QB Andre Nunez threw for three touchdowns. The team ended up scoring 31 points and survived on a missed field goal. No strangers to racking up the offense, the team’s defense will no doubt look to improve against App State and limit the Mountaineers down the field.
Get Your Tickets to Witness History
Hurry to get your tickets to this first-ever Sun Belt Conference Championship at Kidd-Brewer Stadium this Saturday. With both teams sporting two Sun Belt titles each, the winner is anyone’s guess. You don’t want to miss history in the making!