Sun Belt reveals South football opponents for 2018-2019 seasons
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
A trip to both reigning co-champions awaits the University of South Alabama football program during the 2018 season with the announcement of future Sun Belt Conference opponents by the league office on Wednesday.
That fall, the Jaguars' four SBC road games will be at Appalachian State and Arkansas State — who shared the crown a year ago — as well as Georgia Southern and Louisiana-Lafayette, with South slated to play host to Coastal Carolina, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State and Troy in the annual "Battle For The Belt." The following season, the Jags will face App State, ASU, GS and ULL at home, and are set to visit Georgia State, ULM, Texas State and Troy.
The 2018 schedule marks the first Sun Belt football schedule with a divisional structure in place. The conference will be split in two five-team divisions — East and West — and the winners of each division will meet in the inaugural Sun Belt football championship game in December of that year, which will be played at the home stadium of the divisional winner that has the best ranking in the College Football Playoff (CFP) poll.
In a previous announcement, the SBC released that the East Division will include Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Troy, with the West Division comprised of Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama and Texas State.
With the Sun Belt moving forward as a 10-team league, the rotation of opponents for each team has been reset. The conference will maintain its eight-game schedule and teams will continue to play four home games and four away games. Schools will play each team within their division every season — two at home and two away — and also of note, conference athletic directors voted in favor of having USA and Troy play every season despite not being in the same division.
Game dates are annually announced on or around March 1 prior to the season.
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