Monday, October 3, 2016
Bilo's College Football PASS/FAIL Reports Week 5: Sun Belt
PASS: South Alabama, Appalachian State, Troy, Texas State, New Mexico State
South Alabama continues to pick moments to shock us in 2016, this time rolling against a ranked San Diego State team on the road. Joey Jones is one of the better coaches in the game, and never gets enough credit for what he does at USA.
Appalachian State struggled for a half, but got themselves together on offense enough to take out winless Georgia State 17-3. Injuries are mounting for the Mountaineers.
Troy continues to be a huge surprise this season, handling Idaho on the road. Neal Brown may be a commodity after the season, possibly at Kentucky.
Texas State got a plush assignment this week, taking out FCS member Incarnate Word. Not much else to be said.
New Mexico State has taken Doug Martin off the hot seat for now after a rousing 37-31 OT win over ULL in league play. The Aggies are showing some life.
FAIL: Georgia State, UL-Monroe, Idaho, UL-Lafayette
I don’t really see any scenario where Trent Miles is coaching the Panthers in 2017 after an 0-5 start. The program has completely gone into reverse after a promising run last season.
ULM continues to have talent gap issues, as they were destroyed by Auburn on the road. Matt Viator has his work cut out.
Idaho completely folded in SBC play against Troy at home after a win against UNLV last week. It looks like Idaho will skulk out the back door as they head for FCS play in 2017.
ULL may be thinking coaching change after this season. Losing to NMSU is just bad on every level, especially when the Aggies are out of the league next season. The Cajuns are plummeting.