The Sun Belt is known as the Fun Belt for a reason and this 2023 season looks no different. After picking every game, our Sun Belt season predictions offered eye-opening results on what could be a truly unique 2023 season.
Sun Belt Season Predictions
Picking each game team by team, the College Football Network team of analysts have come up with our predicted season finish for the Sun Belt this fall. Using groupthink, our painstaking process analyzed each game at the team level.
Find Every Sun Belt Season Prediction per team: App State | Arkansas State | Coastal Carolina | Georgia Southern | Georgia State | JMU | Louisiana | UL-Monroe | Marshall | ODU | South Alabama | Southern Miss | Texas State | Troy
After those were done, we compiled the results, analyzed the outcomes, and came up with our predicted season finishes for each program and the conference itself.
Here’s how that all aligned in the end:
Sun Belt Season Predictions – Final Standings
Coastal Carolina – 10-2; key wins against James Madison, Georgia State; losses vs. UCLA, Georgia Southern
James Madison – 9-3; key wins against Georgia State, Georgia Southern; losses vs. Troy, South Alabama, Coastal
Georgia Southern – 9-3; key wins against App State, Coastal; losses vs. Wisconsin, JMU, Georgia State
App State – 7-5; key wins against Georgia State, ECU; losses vs. UNC, Coastal, JMU
Georgia State – 7-5; key wins against Georgia Southern, Marshall; losses vs. JMU, App State, Troy
Marshall – 6-6; key wins against App State, Virginia Tech; losses vs. JMU, Coastal, South Alabama
Old Dominion – 2-10; wins against Texas A&M Commerce, Louisiana; losses vs. Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Southern Miss
South Alabama – 11-1; key wins against Oklahoma State, JMU, Troy; loss vs. Tulane
Troy – 9-3; key wins against JMU, Georgia State; losses vs. Kansas State, Western Kentucky, South Alabama
Louisiana – 5-7; key wins against Texas State, Arkansas State; losses vs. Georgia State, South Alabama, Troy
Texas State – 5-7; key wins vs. Arkansas State, Nevada; loses vs. Louisiana, Troy, Coastal
Southern Miss – 4-8; key wins against UL-Monroe, ODU; losses vs. Louisiana, Texas State, App State
Arkansas State – 3-9; key wins against UMass, UL-Monroe; losses vs. Louisiana, Texas State, Marshall
UL-Monroe – 1-11; win against Lamar; key losses vs. Texas State, Southern Miss, Louisiana
Sun Belt Championship Prediction, 2023
These Sun Belt season predictions would pit West Division Champion South Alabama vs. East Division Champion Coastal Carolina. There is a road map for multiple champions in each division, with it clearly stacking against teams in the East with their depth.
Coastal has their work cut out for them with games against JMU, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and App State, as well as their out-of-conference matchup vs. UCLA. It would certainly be argued that the road is much less traveled for the Jaguars.
With that in mind, it shapes up nicely for the South Alabama defense to once again ride their way to victory and improve to a whopping 12-1 in this season prediction.
It’s hard to argue with their sound core that returns, their strength on defense, and the ascending program that is South Alabama. It’s even harder to argue Kane Wommack returning as head coach once again as you better believe Power Five schools with empty checkbooks would come calling his way if they went 12-1 with a Sun Belt Championship in just his third season at the helm.
The Sun Belt runs through Mobile, Alabama in 2023.