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Sun Belt Conference Announces Preseason Coaches Poll

Sun Belt Conference Release
July 16, 2012

CFP – The Sun Belt Conference coaches' preseason poll has been released and, just like last season, FIU received 5 of the available 1st-place votes. Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette were each listed No. 1 on two coaches' ballots, while Western Kentucky picked up the remaining 1st-place vote.

Arkansas State won the conference's 2011 title with an unblemished league record of 8-0 as it finished 10-3 overall. Western Kentucky was second with a 7-1 conference mark and overall record of 7-5, but the Hilltoppers failed to receive a bowl bid. Those went to the Red Wolves, Ragin' Cajuns and Golden Panthers.

Preseason Sun Belt Poll
As voted on by the league’s ten head coaches. First place votes in parentheses.

  Team Points
1. FIU (5) 92
2. Arkansas State (2) 85
3. Louisiana-Lafayette (2) 81
4. Western Kentucky (1) 70
5. Troy 60
6. Louisiana-Monroe 47
7. MTSU 42
8. North Texas 36
9. FAU 23
10. #-South Alabama 14
#-South Alabama is in a transition year from the FCS and is ineligible for conference title or bowl game.


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