Appalachian State vs Marshall Prediction Game Preview

Appalachian State vs Marshall game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

Appalachian State vs Marshall prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12


Appalachian State vs Marshall How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Joan C Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Appalachian State (5-4), Marshall (5-4)
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Appalachian State vs Marshall Game Preview

Why Appalachian State Will Win

Yeah, the Marshall run defense has been special lately. It’s about to see something different with the Appalachian State ground game.

That doesn’t mean the Mountaineers can’t stall – they sure did in the loss to Coastal Carolina – but when they’re on, forget it.

5-1 when they run for more than 90 yards, they’re going to keep forcing the issue against a Marshall defensive front that’s totally dominant against good ground attacks.

However, thanks to Chase Brice, Appalachian State can throw, too.

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Why Marshall Will Win

The run defense really is just that special.

James Madison stopped Appalachian State cold, Texas State was able to come up with a ton of big plays, and Coastal Carolina did the job.

Yeah, Appalachian State ran well on Texas A&M and ripped through North Carolina, but the Marshall run defense is just that good.

As long as the offense can limit the turnovers and get its own ground game going …

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What’s Going To Happen

Both teams are 5-4, and both teams are struggling to get over the finish line and get bowl eligible, but Marshall has to win two of its last three.

Yeah, the Marshall run defense has been incredible at home, but two of the best performances came at home against FCS teams. Louisiana and Coastal Carolina were able to win even though they stalled.

Can Marshall score enough? Appalachian State is 5-0 when allowing 28 points or fewer and 0-4 when allowing more.

Marshall only scored more than 26 against one FBS team, Bowling Green. Appalachian State is better.

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Appalachian State vs Marshall Prediction, Line

Appalachian State 26, Marshall 24
Line: Appalachian State -1.5, o/u: 47.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Appalachian State vs Marshall Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5
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Coastal Carolina vs Marshall Prediction, Game Preview

Coastal Carolina vs Marshall game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 9 game on Saturday, October 29

Coastal Carolina vs Marshall prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 9, Saturday, October 29


Coastal Carolina vs Marshall How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 29
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Joan C Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
How To Watch: NFL Network
Record: Coastal Carolina (6-1), Marshall (4-3)
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Coastal Carolina vs Marshall Game Preview

Why Coastal Carolina Will Win

Marshall needs takeaways to win this, and Coastal Carolina likely won’t oblige.

The Herd were able to come up with three or more takeaways in three of the last four games including five in the stunning win over James Madison. Most famously, the D generate three interceptions in the win at Notre Dame.

Coastal Carolina had a turnover problem against Buffalo earlier in the season, but that’s been about it with just three giveaways in the last four games.

Combine that with the efficiency of the Chanticleer passing game and the inconsistencies on the Marshall offensive side, and …

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Why Marshall Will Win

The Marshall defense has been just that good. The problems overall have been on the offensive side that got stuffed by the great Troy defense and turned it over too much in the loss to Bowling Green.

Marshall is No. 1 in the nation in third down stops, the pass rusher has been fantastic, and as air tight as Coastal Carolina is, Marshall is just that good at taking the ball away. It has to give the O a slew of easy chances and short fields because …

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What’s Going To Happen

There’s just no downfield passing game on a regular basis coming from the Marshall offense.

The defense is going hold up and keep this close, but the Coastal Carolina passing attack – coming off a strange loss to Old Dominion – will be too efficient and too timely with its good plays on key drives. It’ll also push the big plays more than the Herd secondary is used to.

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Coastal Carolina vs Marshall Prediction, Line

Coastal Carolina 27, Marshall 24
Line: Marshall -2.5, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Coastal Carolina vs Marshall Must See Rating (out of 5): 3
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Marshall vs James Madison Prediction, Game Preview

Marshall vs James Madison game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 8 game on Saturday, October 22

Marshall vs James Madison prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 8, Saturday, October 22


Marshall vs James Madison How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 22
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Shower Field, Harrisonburg, VA
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Marshall (3-3), James Madison (5-1)
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Marshall vs James Madison Game Preview

Why James Madison Will Win

What the heck happened to Marshall?

It stunned Notre Dame with a brilliant defensive performance, three takeaways, and a ground game that stepped up and dominated, and … poof. It all went away.

Sort of.

The defense is still solid against the run, but the offense can’t seem to find any semblance of a groove. It couldn’t do anything against the great Troy defense, it couldn’t stop screwing up against Bowling Green, and last week it simply couldn’t move against Louisiana.

It’s not going to start running against the best run defense in the country. James Madison has allowed a grand total of 217 rushing yards so far this year and gave up just 12 against Georgia Southern last week.

But …

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Why Marshall Will Win

James Madison finally dropped its first loss of the year because Georgia Southern threw for 578 yards in a while shootout that was almost as fun as that Alabama-Tennessee thing.

As good as the Dukes are they’re not above turning it over, giving it away four times in the loss. Marshall needs to feed off that.

For all the problems and issues, the Herd have generated multiple takeaways in four of the six games, winning three of them.

Now the Herd have to get the passing game going and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Nope.

A few takeaways will keep Marshall in the game, but it’s not running on the Duke defensive front, and there isn’t enough of a passing attack to make up for it.

Marshall won’t be a total pushover, but James Madison will make up for last week’s gaffe.

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Marshall vs James Madison Prediction, Line

James Madison 26, Marshall 13
Line: James Madison -12.5, o/u: 51
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Marshall vs James Madison Must See Rating (out of 5): 2
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Louisiana vs Marshall Prediction, Game Preview

Louisiana vs Marshall game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 7 game on Wednesday, October 12

Louisiana vs Marshall prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 7, Wednesday, October 12


Louisiana vs Marshall How To Watch

Date: Wednesday, October 12
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Joan C Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Louisiana (2-3), Marshall (3-2)
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Louisiana vs Marshall Game Preview

Why Louisiana Will Win

It’s been a grind with three straight losses after a 2-0 start, but the team had ten days off to get ready for the game that needs to get the season going.

Marshall’s offense isn’t going to go off. There’s little downfield passing game partly because the leaky offensive line isn’t giving the backfield enough time.

The Louisiana defense has to pressure Herd QB Henry Colombi, and it has to keep taking the ball away.

The offense needs as many breaks as it can get, and the Ragin’ Cajun D is helping with 14 takeaways – only USC is better than Louisiana in turnover margin.

However, lately …

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Why Marshall Will Win

Louisiana is having a turnover problem.

The running game has to be better and the passing attack more consistent, but the mistakes – six in the last three games after not giving the ball away in the first two – are the issue. Marshall might be having its problems, but taking the ball away isn’t one of them.

The Herd have seven takeaways in the last two games and are a +6 on the season in turnover margin.

The Marshall run defense has been fantastic, it’s great at coming up with third down stops, and Louisiana is having a very, very hard time getting its D off the field.

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What’s Going To Happen

Don’t expect a whole lot of points.

Both teams want to control the game on the ground and rely on the defense and takeaways to pull this off. Marshall has been a bit more consistent, but it doesn’t do anything easily.

The Herd will hold up defensively against the struggling Ragin’ Cajun O, but they won’t be able to pull away. It’ll be another tough close loss for Louisiana, but it’ll make this a fight.

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Louisiana vs Marshall Prediction, Line

Marshall 23, Louisiana 17
Line: Marshall -10.5, o/u: 47.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Louisiana vs Marshall Must See Rating (out of 5): 2
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Marshall at Gardner-Webb Prediction, Game Preview

Marshall at Gardner-Webb game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 5 game on Saturday, October 1

Marshall at Gardner-Webb prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 5, Saturday, October 1


Marshall vs Gardner-Webb How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 1
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue:  Joan C Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
How To Watch: ESPN+
Record: Marshall (2-2), Gardner-Webb (1-3)
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Marshall at Gardner-Webb Game Preview

Why Gardner-Webb Will Win

The Runnin’ Bulldogs are better than their 1-3 record.

They pushed Coastal Carolina and Elon on the road before collapsing against Mercer, but there’s a lot to like.

The defense is great on third downs thanks to a strong pass rush, the offense cranks up the big passing yards, and now the team is getting a reeling Marshall.

The Thundering Herd pulled off the shocker against Notre Dame, and then the air went out of the balloon with strange losses to Bowling Green and Troy. The offense has been flaky, the defense a failure against the pass, and …

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Why Marshall Will Win

Here come the takeaways.

How does Marshall get out of this funk? It comes up with a slew of turnovers against a Gardner-Webb team that has a problem giving it up. Marshall was -3 in turnover margin against Bowling Green, but it has eight takeaways in the other three games.

The Herd running game should be able to take over early, the defense will dominate agains the run, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Marshall will finally wake up.

Gardner-Webb will turn it over three times, Marshall will capitalize off the mistakes, and it’ll be a very, very necessary win for the home side – even if the offensive line gives up way too much pressure behind the line.

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Marshall at Gardner-Webb Prediction, Line

Marshall 42, Gardner-Webb 7
Line: Marshall -34, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1
Marshall at Gardner-Webb Must See Rating (out of 5): 1

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Marshall vs Bowling Green Prediction, Game Preview

Marshall vs Bowling Green game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 3 game on Saturday, September 17

Marshall vs Bowling Green prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 3, Saturday, September 17


Marshall vs Bowling Green How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 17
Game Time: 5:00 ET
Venue: Doyt L Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH
How To Watch: NFL Network
Record: Marshall (2-0), Bowling Green (0-2)
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Marshall vs Bowling Green Game Preview

Why Marshall Will Win

Anything interesting happen last Saturday?

Here’s the crazy part about the Marshall win over Notre Dame – that shouldn’t have been that shocking.

Okay, so it was, but the Herd defense was supposed to be this good, the running game was supposed to be this good, and it all worked in a nearly perfect performance with three takeaways, a great day from QB Henry Colombi, and with the good running backs doing what they do.

As long as everyone is past what happened in South Bend, there shouldn’t be a problem against a Bowling Green team that won’t be able to run a lick on this defensive front and won’t keep the Herd passing game from keeping things moving.

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Why Bowling Green Will Win

So how do the Falcons pull this off?

First, they need Marshall to come in without a whole lot of focus. Second, they have to get the passing game going right away.

Here’s the part about that win no one wants to think about – it’s possible that Notre Dame really can’t do a whole lot offensively right now. Bowling Green has to give it a shot by pressing the corners deep.

Falcon QB Matt McDonald threw five touchdowns last week in the wild loss to Eastern Kentucky. As long as he gets the ball out of his hands quickly, the passing attack should move.

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What’s Going To Happen

Keep grinding with the running game, keep attacking with a defense that should be able to get into the backfield, and make Bowling Green take lots of chances.

Marshall should be able to do all of that.

It will have the ball for well over 35 minutes as the running game rumbles for 250 yards and controls the tempo throughout.

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Marshall vs Bowling Green Prediction, Line

Marshall 41, Bowling Green 20
Line: Marshall -16.5, o/u: 51.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Marshall vs Bowling Green Must See Rating (out of 5): 2

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Notre Dame vs Marshall Prediction, Game Preview

Notre Dame vs Marshall game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Saturday, September 10

Notre Dame vs Marshall prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Saturday, September 10


Notre Dame vs Marshall How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 10
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
How To Watch: NBC/Peacock
Record: Notre Dame (0-1), Marshall (1-0)
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Notre Dame vs Marshall Game Preview

Why Marshall Will Win

The Thundering Herd did what they were supposed to do in a tune-up opener, taking down Norfolk State 55-3.

Of course it was supposed to be an easy game, but it was the work the team got in that’s going to matter here.

Well-traveled transfer Henry Columbi hit 24-of-26 passes – and one of the misses was a pick – Ethan Payne and Khalan Laborn each ran for over 100 yards and two scores, and the defensive front was in midseason form.

The Herd have the D to give the Notre Dame running game trouble – the Irish only ran for 76 yards in the 21-10 loss to Ohio State – and Columbi is an all-around veteran baller who knows what he’s doing.

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Why Notre Dame Will Win

The Irish defense is terrific.

The offense didn’t exactly open it up against Ohio State, but it’s got the line to start generating more of a push and be far, far better at keeping defensive fronts out of the backfield.

The secondary that helped the Buckeye attack in relative check isn’t going to be gouged by the Herd backs, and the secondary – among the best in the country; it didn’t give up the big play against the Buckeyes – will have no worries about the receivers getting deep.

Marshall isn’t going to bomb away, with most of the attack kept midrange and relatively conservative. Most importantly for the Irish …

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What’s Going To Happen

This week, the running game will work.

Marshall’s defense might have been great against Norfolk State, but it’s not going to be that much stronger against the run after getting gouged throughout last year.

The Irish offensive line will take over early, Tyler Buchner will have a nice game, and the team will sidestep this dangerous landmine on the way to the date with Cal.

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Notre Dame vs Marshall Prediction, Line

Notre Dame 38, Marshall 14
Line: Notre Dame -20.5, o/u: 51.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Notre Dame vs Marshall Must See Rating (out of 5): 3

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Marshall vs Norfolk State Prediction, Game Preview

Marshall vs Norfolk State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 1 game on Saturday, September 3

Marshall vs Norfolk State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Saturday, September 3


Marshall vs Norfolk State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, September 3
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Joan C Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV
How To Watch: ESPN3
Record: Marshall (0-0), Norfolk State (0-0)
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Marshall vs Norfolk State Game Preview

Why Norfolk State Will Win

The Spartans can run the ball.

They have a nice blend coming into the season with RB JJ Davis to help keep the chains moving to lead an offense that averaged 33 points per game.

Marshall’s offense has to pick it back up after a rough finish to 2021, the offensive line is rebuilding a bit, and Norfolk State should be tough enough to control the clock for long stretches – it held the ball for close to 34 minutes per game last year.

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Why Marshall Will Win

The Thundering Herd defense will bring the pressure.

They come from all sides on defense, and that leads to a pass defense that’s once again going to be among the best in the country at keeping the big plays to a minimum while forcing a slew of mistakes.

Norfolk State might be able to run the ball, but it’s replacing seven starters, the offense isn’t going to press the passing game deep, and Marshall should be better than it seems running it early on.

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What’s Going To Happen

Norfolk State has the defense to keep this from getting out of hand for a while, and it’ll grind down the clock a bit, but Marshall will look good on both sides of the ball in the second half to put this away.

It’ll be a bit of a fight for a while, but the Spartans won’t be able to close out enough drives with points.

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Marshall vs Norfolk State Prediction, Line

Marshall 40, Norfolk State 10
Line: Marshall -35.5, o/u: 61.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5

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Marshall vs Norfolk State Must See Rating: 1.5

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25 Winningest Programs To Not Make The College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff: 25 winningest teams to not make the tournament

What are the 25 winningest programs to not make the College Football Playoff? Here are the top schools in the CFP era to miss out on the fun.


Cincinnati and Michigan were able to make the College Football Playoff last season. Their doors might have been blown off by Alabama and Georgia, respectively, but they at least brought some new energy to the mini-tournament.

The College Football Playoff has only been around for eight seasons and just 13 schools – Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington – have played in it and just five won it all.

That means 90% of the FBS college football programs haven’t been in the post-season – at least the version that matters – since this grand experiment started.

That’s the equivalent of only 36 college basketball programs making the NCAA Tournament over the last eight years – which is a good idea, by the way, but I digress.

What college football programs were able to win a lot of games over the last eight years without the playoff payoff? 25 have won 60 or more games in eight seasons – averaging 7.5 a year, but it’s better than that considering some played a short schedule in 2020 – without getting the call.

If you didn’t get to 60 victories – no Texas, or Tennessee, or Nebraska, Michigan State, or North Carolina – you don’t get on the list. So with that, here are the 25 winningest teams to not make the College Football Playoff.

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25. USC

Wins Since 2014: 60
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 11-3, Pac-12 champion, Rose Bowl win
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Strong

Bottom Line: USC might be last on this list, but it’s got the best shot of going to the College Football Playoff this year with Lincoln Riley and a loaded all-star team ready to roll. The 2020 team would’ve had a case for the CFP if it won the Pac-12 title to finish 6-0 – it lost to Oregon, but no unbeaten Power Five champ has ever been left out. It’s been a disappointing run since going 12-1 in 2008. That’s all about to change.
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T22. NC State

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 9-4, Sun Bowl win
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Possible

Bottom Line: The Wolfpack have been strongly consistent since Dave Doeren took over, but they haven’t been able to get a turn in the ACC Championship mix – being in the same division with Clemson has something to do with that. This should be his best team yet, and if it can somehow get by the Tigers on the road, there’s a real shot at going 12-1 with an ACC Championship and a CFP shot. That’s a massive if, though.
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T22. Miami

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2017, 10-3, ACC Championship loss, Orange Bowl loss
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: Slim

Bottom Line: Miami flirted with something fun in 2017 with a 10-0 start before losing the last three games. However, had it beaten Clemson in the ACC Championship – it lost 38-3 – it would’ve been in the CFP. This year’s schedule is too tough for a reloading team – with road games at Clemson and Texas A&M – but new head coach Mario Cristobal might just restore the glory in a hurry.
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T22. Western Michigan

Wins Since 2014: 61
Best Season in CFP Era: 2016, 13-1, MAC champion, Cotton Bowl loss
Realistic Chance To Make College Football Playoff This Season: None

Bottom Line: Now-Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck led the way to a phenomenal 13-0 regular season with a MAC title in 2016, and it still wasn’t enough to get near the College Football Playoff. The Broncos have been good ever since, but they haven’t been able to come close to repeating the glory. They’ll be strong this season, but even if they can win at Michigan State and against Pitt – and can run through the MAC unbeaten – it still shouldn’t be enough for a CFP shot.
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The Sun Belt just got a whole lot more interesting with the addition of Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss from Conference USA – and getting them a year before it seemed possible – and also brought in FCS powerhouse James Madison to a be a part of the fun.

The divisions are staying for now, but the great additions will make it far, far tougher for Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, and Louisiana to keep on dominating – even though they might not take that big a step back, if any.

While it might seem a bit cut-and-dry with the way the league is set up, watch out for some potentially big moves from some teams that struggled. The problem will be the schedules for Troy, South Alabama, and Arkansas State. Georgia State and Old Dominion programs that got to bowl games last season will have to fight, too.

The Sun Belt is stronger than ever and the season should be the best yet. The Sun Belt predictions for 2022 are …

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Sun Belt Preseason Predictions: West

Sun Belt East Predicted Finish

1. Coastal Carolina
2. Appalachian State
T3. Georgia State
T3. Marshall
T5. Georgia Southern
T5. James Madison
T5. Old Dominion

Appalachian State Mountaineers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 6-1
2021: 10-4, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 9-3, 2019: 13-1, 2018: 11-2

Sept 3 North Carolina L
Sept 10 at Texas A&M L
Sept 17 at Troy W
Sept 24 James Madison W
Oct 1 The Citadel W
Oct 8 at Texas State W
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 19 Georgia State W
Oct 29 Robert Morris W
Nov 3 at Coastal Carolina L
Nov 12 at Marshall L
Nov 19 Old Dominion W
Nov 26 at Georgia Southern W
Appalachian State 2022 Preview
Appalachian State 10 Best Players 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 10-2
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 7-1
2021: 11-2, Prediction: 10-2
2020: 11-1, 2019: 5-7, 2018: 5-7

Sept 3 Army W
Sept 10 Gardner-Webb W
Sept 17 Buffalo W
Sept 22 at Georgia State W
Oct 1 Georgia Southern W
Oct 8 at ULM W
Oct 15 Old Dominion W
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 29 at Marshall L
Nov 3 Appalachian State W
Nov 12 Southern Miss W
Nov 19 at Virginia L
Nov 26 at James Madison W
Coastal Carolina 2022 Preview
Coastal Carolina 10 Best Players 

Georgia Southern Eagles

2022 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 3-5
2021: 3-9, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 8-5, 2019: 7-6, 2018: 10-3

Sept 3 Morgan State W
Sept 10 at Nebraska L
Sept 17 at UAB L
Sept 24 Ball State W
Oct 1 at Coastal Carolina L
Oct 8 at Georgia State L
Oct 15 James Madison W
Oct 22 at Old Dominion L
Oct 29 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 South Alabama W
Nov 10 at Louisiana L
Nov 19 Marshall W
Nov 26 Appalachian State L
Georgia Southern 2022 Preview
Georgia Southern 10 Best Players 

Georgia State Panthers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 5-3
2021: 8-5, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 6-4, 2019: 7-6, 2018: 2-10

Sept 3 at South Carolina L
Sept 10 North Carolina L
Sept 17 Charlotte W
Sept 22 Coastal Carolina L
Oct 1 at Army L
Oct 8 Georgia Southern W
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 19 at Appalachian State L
Oct 29 Old Dominion W
Nov 5 at Southern Miss W
Nov 12 ULM W
Nov 19 at James Madison W
Nov 26 at Marshall L
Georgia State 2022 Preview
Georgia State 10 Best Players 

James Madison Dukes

2021 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2021 Sun Belt Prediction: 3-5
2021: 12-2, 2020: 7-1, 2019: 14-2, 2018: 9-4

Sept 3 Middle Tennessee W
Sept 10 Norfolk State W
Sept 17 OPEN DATE
Sept 24 at Appalachian State L
Oct 1 Texas State W
Oct 8 at Arkansas State W
Oct 15 at Georgia Southern L
Oct 22 Marshall W
Oct 27 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 at Louisville L
Nov 12 at Old Dominion L
Nov 19 Georgia State L
Nov 26 Coastal Carolina L
James Madison 2022 Preview
James Madison 10 Best Players 

Marshall Thundering Herd

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 5-3
2021: 7-6, Prediction: 9-3
2020: 7-3, 2019: 8-5, 2018: 9-4

Sept 3 Norfolk State W
Sept 10 at Notre Dame L
Sept 17 at Bowling Green W
Sept 24 at Troy L
Oct 1 Gardner-Webb W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 12 Louisiana W
Oct 22 at James Madison L
Oct 29 Coastal Carolina W
Nov 5 at Old Dominion W
Nov 12 Appalachian State W
Nov 19 at Georgia Southern L
Nov 26 Georgia State W
Marshall 2022 Preview
Marshall 10 Best Players 

Old Dominion Monarchs

2022 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2022 Sun Belt Prediction: 3-5
2021: 6-7, Prediction: 2-10
2020: 0-0, 2019: 1-11, 2018: 4-8

Sept 2 Virginia Tech L
Sept 10 at East Carolina L
Sept 17 at Virginia L
Sept 24 Arkansas State W
Oct 1 Liberty W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 15 at Coastal Carolina L
Oct 22 Georgia Southern W
Oct 29 at Georgia State L
Nov 5 Marshall L
Nov 12 James Madison W
Nov 19 at Appalachian State L
Nov 26 at South Alabama L
Old Dominion 2022 Preview
Old Dominion 10 Best Players 

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