2015 Sun Belt Football Betting Preview
It was a tale of two seasons a year ago for the Appalachian State Mountaineers, who opened their inaugural campaign in the Sun Belt Conference with just one victory in their first six games before dominating with six wins down the stretch, finishing 7-5 overall and 6-2 against conference rivals.
Expected to carry that momentum into the upcoming season, the Mountaineers lead the way in Sun Belt Conference championship betting with solid +120 odds at BetOnline.
The Georgia Southern Panthers also made their debut in the Sun Belt last season, dominating on both sides of the ball en route to a perfect 8-0 record and the conference title. However, the Panthers find themselves looking up at the Mountaineers on the college football odds, pegged at +400 in Sun Belt betting at BetOnline.
The Panthers are joined at +400 by the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. ULL finished second to Georgia Southern in 2014, posting a 7-1 conference record, with their only loss coming at home to Appalachian State, who ended the Cajuns' conference championship hopes with a decisive 35-16 victory.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves round out the list of favorites with Sun Belt odds of +550. The Red Wolves finished 2014 tied with the Texas State Bobcats and South Alabama Jaguars at 5-3, but with the core of their conference-leading offense returning in 2015 they have emerged as a legitimate threat to win the conference.
The Bobcats posted their first winning record since 2009 a year ago, but trail on the Sun Belt odds at +1200, followed by Louisiana Monroe at +1600 and South Alabama, who have tumbled to +2500.
The Troy Trojans will need to survive early-season contests against NC State, Wisconsin and Mississippi State before the conference schedule kicks into high gear, and are a distant +3300 to finish atop the standings.
The Idaho Vandals follow at +5000, while the Georgia State Panthers are joined by the New Mexico State Aggies as +6600 betting longshots at the sportsbook.
2015/16 Sun Belt Conference Champion
Odds as of July 20 at BetOnline
- Appalachian State +120
- Georgia Southern +400
- UL Lafayette +400
- Arkansas State +550
- Texas State +1200
- UL Monroe +1600
- South Alabama +2500
- Troy +3300
- Idaho +5000
- Georgia State +6600
- New Mexico State +6600
Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State were the co-champions of the Sun Belt conference last season, and those two schools are among the favorites once again for this year on the odds to win the Sun Belt championship at the sportsbooks.
Louisiana-Lafayette is the -140 favorite at 5Dimes on the Sun Belt football betting lines for the upcoming season, after they went 5-2 in conference play and 9-4 overall last year. South Alabama is then at +450 on those odds, with Arkansas State at +600; Arkansas State was 5-2 in conference play and 8-5 overall last year, and South Alabama was 4-3 and 6-6.
Louisiana-Monroe is at +750 at 5Dimes on the odds to win the Sun Belt championship, and from there it leaps to Troy at +1400, Texas State at +3500, Georgia Southern at +5500, and Idaho at +7500.
The longshots on the Sun Belt football betting lines at 5Dimes include Appalachian State at +10000 and New Mexico State at +15000, with both of those schools new to the Sun Belt for the 2014 season. Georgia State is well back at +25000.
2014 Odds to Win the Sun Belt Championship at 5Dimes as of August 18:
South Alabama +450
Arkansas State +600
Texas State +3500
Georgia Southern +5500
Appalachian State +10000
New Mexico State +15000
Georgia State +25000
The revolving door in the Sun Belt has left the conference with eight teams heading into the 2013 season. The teams to watch in terms of winning the conference championship are both from Louisiana - the Ragin’ Cajuns and the Warhawks.
UL Lafayette (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Ragin’ Cajuns went 6-2 straight-up in the Sun Belt last season behind an offense that averaged 35.5 points a game. They were 9-4 SU overall and 8-5 against the spread after closing out the season on a 5-1 run both SU and ATS. The total went OVER in seven of their 12 games.
UL Monroe (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF
The Warhawks were 8-5 both SU and ATS last season but they went 2-4 ATS at home versus a healthy 6-1 ATS record on the road. The total went OVER in nine of their 13 games. They averaged 33.8 points a game, but allowed 29.2 points a game on defense.
Western Kentucky (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Hilltoppers went 4-4 SU in conference play last season and 7-6 SU overall. They started the season 5-0 ATS but failed to cover in five of their final eight games to finish the season 8-5 ATS. They were 2-5 ATS at home, but a perfect 6-0 ATS on the road.
Arkansas State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Red Wolves saved the best for last in 2012 with an 8-0 SU run in their last eight games and a 7-1 record ATS. They were 10-3 SU overall and 9-4 ATS including a 7-1 SU record in conference play that earned them the Sun Belt title.
Troy (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Trojans finished the 2012 season ranked eighth in the nation in passing with an average of 331.5 yards a game. The problem was they gave up as many points (30.5) as they scored (30.6). The end result was a 5-7 record SU and a 6-5-1 record ATS.
Texas State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
In their last season in the WAC, the Bobcats went 2-4 SU in conference play and 4-8 SU overall. They were 8-4 ATS including a 5-1 ATS record at home. The total stayed UNDER in seven of 11 games.
South Alabama (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Jaguars managed to win just one conference game last season SU and they ended the year 2-11 SU overall. They failed to cover in all six home games but they did go 4-2 ATS on the road. They closed out the season with a six-game losing streak SU and a 1-5 record ATS.
Georgia State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)
The Panthers make the jump up to the Sun Belt after going just 1-10 SU overall and 1-7 SU in the CAA in 2013, which could make for a long season in 2013. They went 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS in games with a posted line.