Sun Belt announces 2019 football schedule

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Sun Belt Conference Football

Sun Belt Composite Football Schedule (PDF Format)
Team-by-Team Football Schedules (PDF Format)

NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN announced the conference’s 2019 football schedule on Friday, revealing dates for all conference games as well as the league’s initial national broadcast lineup.

The television schedule for the first three weeks of the regular season, including game times for midweek contests, will be announced at a later date. For games in the fourth week of the season and beyond, network designations will be determined typically 12 days prior to the contest. Once again this season, a number of games will be available on ESPN+ – the direct-to-consumer streaming service from ESPN.

A rematch of the 2018 Sun Belt Football Championship Game between Louisiana and Appalachian State is just one of several intriguing midweek contests selected for a national television broadcast. The Ragin’ Cajuns will host the scheduled contest on Wednesday, Oct. 9 on ESPN2.

The Mountaineers will also face longtime rival Georgia Southern on Halloween in Boone on a Thursday night on ESPNU. The two teams have met 34 times with App State holding a 19–14–1 advantage in the series, but the Eagles won last year’s contest 34-14 after the Mountaineers had just entered the Associated Press Top 25.

Another rivalry chosen for an ESPN2 primetime showcase, Troy will host South Alabama on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Troy owns the series lead at 4-3, but the last time the two teams met in Troy the Jaguars stuffed the Trojans 18-9 one week after defeating a ranked LSU squad.

West Division rivals Arkansas State and Louisiana will meet on Thursday, Oct. 17 on ESPNU in Jonesboro, Ark. The Cajuns hold an all-time series record of 24-21-1 against the Red Wolves. The two teams tied for the best record in the West Division last season, but Louisiana’s 47-43 head-to-head win sent the Cajuns to the conference’s inaugural title game.

Other ESPNU Thursday night appearances include Georgia Southern at South Alabama on Oct. 3, ULM at Texas State on Oct. 10 and Louisiana at Coastal Carolina on Nov. 7.

The 2019 Sun Belt Football Championship Game is set for Saturday, Dec. 7 on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

The 2019 season will conclude with the Sun Belt guaranteed a minimum of five spots in postseason bowl games. The conference maintains partnerships with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dollar General Bowl, Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, AutoNation Cure Bowl and NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. Additionally, the College Football Playoff guarantees that a spot among the New Year’s Six bowl games will be given to the highest-ranked champion from the Group of Five conferences: the Sun Belt, American Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, Mid-American Conference and Conference USA.

The Sun Belt is coming off a record-breaking season in 2018 as the league hit a new high for non-conference wins with 24, breaking the previous record of 22 in 2016. That win total was the highest total number of wins among all Group of Five conferences.

In addition to its regular-season success, the Sun Belt has continually taken advantage of its postseason bowl opportunities. The league has the highest bowl game winning percentage over the last three seasons in all of Football Bowl Subdivision, winning nearly 70 percent of its games.

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2019 Sun Belt Conference Composite Football Schedule

Thursday, August 29
Grambling at ULM

Saturday, August 31
East Tennessee State at Appalachian State
SMU at Arkansas State
Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern at LSU
Georgia State at Tennessee
^ Mississippi State vs. Louisiana
South Alabama at Nebraska
Texas State at Texas A&M
Campbell at Troy

Saturday, September 7
Charlotte at Appalachian State
Arkansas State at UNLV
Coastal Carolina at Kansas
Maine at Georgia Southern
Furman at Georgia State
Liberty at Louisiana
ULM at Florida State
Jackson State at South Alabama
Wyoming at Texas State

Saturday, September 14
Arkansas State at Georgia
Norfolk State at Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern at Minnesota
Georgia State at Western Michigan
Texas Southern at Louisiana
Memphis at South Alabama
Texas State at SMU
Southern Miss at Troy

Saturday, September 21
Appalachian State at North Carolina
Southern Illinois at Arkansas State
Coastal Carolina at UMass
* Georgia State at Texas State
Louisiana at Ohio
ULM at Iowa State
South Alabama at UAB
Troy at Akron

Saturday, September 28
* Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State
* Arkansas State at Troy
* Louisiana at Georgia Southern
* South Alabama at ULM
Nicholls State at Texas State

Thursday, October 3
* Georgia Southern at South Alabama (ESPNU)

Saturday, October 5
* Arkansas State at Georgia State
Memphis at ULM
Troy at Missouri

Wednesday, October 9
* Appalachian State at Louisiana (ESPN2)

Thursday, October 10
* ULM at Texas State (ESPNU)

Saturday, October 12
* Georgia State at Coastal Carolina

Wednesday, October 16
* South Alabama at Troy (ESPN2)

Thursday, October 17
* Louisiana at Arkansas State (ESPNU)

Saturday, October 19
* ULM at Appalachian State
* Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern
Army at Georgia State

Saturday, October 26
* Appalachian State at South Alabama
* Texas State at Arkansas State
New Mexico State at Georgia Southern
* Troy at Georgia State

Thursday, October 31
* Georgia Southern at Appalachian State (ESPNU)

Saturday, November 2
* Arkansas State at ULM
* Troy at Coastal Carolina
* Texas State at Louisiana

Thursday, November 7
* Louisiana at Coastal Carolina (ESPNU)

Saturday, November 9
Appalachian State at South Carolina
* Georgia Southern at Troy
* Georgia State at ULM
* South Alabama at Texas State

Saturday, November 16
* Appalachian State at Georgia State
* Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State
* ULM at Georgia Southern
* Louisiana at South Alabama
* Troy at Texas State

Saturday, November 23
* Texas State at Appalachian State
* Georgia Southern at Arkansas State
* Coastal Carolina at ULM
* South Alabama at Georgia State
* Troy at Louisiana

Saturday, November 30
* Appalachian State at Troy
* Arkansas State at South Alabama
* Texas State at Coastal Carolina
* Georgia State at Georgia Southern
* ULM at Louisiana

Saturday, December 7
Sun Belt Football Championship Game (ABC or ESPN or ESPN2)

* Denotes Sun Belt game
^ Game played in New Orleans
Schedule is subject to change

2019 Sun Belt Conference Team-by-Team Football Schedule

Appalachian State
8/31 East Tennessee State
9/7 Charlotte
9/21 at North Carolina
9/28 * Coastal Carolina
10/9 * at Louisiana (ESPN2)
10/19 * ULM
10/26 * at South Alabama
10/31 * Georgia Southern (ESPNU)
11/9 at South Carolina
11/16 * at Georgia State
11/23 * Texas State
11/30 * at Troy

Arkansas State
8/31 SMU
9/7 at UNLV
9/14 at Georgia
9/21 Southern Illinois
9/28 * at Troy
10/5 * at Georgia State
10/17 * Louisiana (ESPNU)
10/26 * Texas State
11/2 * at ULM
11/16 * Coastal Carolina
11/23 * Georgia Southern
11/30 * at South Alabama

Coastal Carolina
8/31 Eastern Michigan
9/7 at Kansas
9/14 Norfolk State
9/21 at UMass
9/28 * at Appalachian State
10/12 * Georgia State
10/19 * at Georgia Southern
11/2 * Troy
11/7 * Louisiana (ESPNU)
11/16 * at Arkansas State
11/23 * at ULM
11/30 * Texas State

Georgia Southern
8/31 at LSU
9/7 Maine
9/14 at Minnesota
9/28 * Louisiana
10/3 * at South Alabama (ESPNU)
10/19 * Coastal Carolina
10/26 New Mexico State
10/31 * at Appalachian State (ESPNU)
11/9 * at Troy
11/16 * ULM
11/23 * at Arkansas State
11/30 * Georgia State

Georgia State
8/31 at Tennessee
9/7 Furman
9/14 at Western Michigan
9/21 * at Texas State
10/5 * Arkansas State
10/12 * at Coastal Carolina
10/19 Army
10/26 * Troy
11/9 * at ULM
11/16 * Appalachian State
11/23 * South Alabama
11/30 * at Georgia Southern

8/31 ^ Mississippi State
9/7 Liberty
9/14 Texas Southern
9/21 at Ohio
9/28 * at Georgia Southern
10/9 * Appalachian State (ESPN2)
10/17 * at Arkansas State (ESPNU)
11/2 * Texas State
11/7 * at Coastal Carolina (ESPNU)
11/16 * at South Alabama
11/23 * Troy
11/30 * ULM

8/29 Grambling
9/7 at Florida State
9/21 at Iowa State
9/28 * South Alabama
10/5 Memphis
10/10 * at Texas State (ESPNU)
10/19 * at Appalachian State
11/2 * Arkansas State
11/9 * Georgia State
11/16 * at Georgia Southern
11/23 * Coastal Carolina
11/30 * at Louisiana

South Alabama
8/31 at Nebraska
9/7 Jackson State
9/14 Memphis
9/21 at UAB
9/28 * at ULM
10/3 * Georgia Southern (ESPNU)
10/16 * at Troy (ESPN2)
10/26 * Appalachian State
11/9 * at Texas State
11/16 * Louisiana
11/23 * at Georgia State
11/30 * Arkansas State

Texas State
8/31 at Texas A&M
9/7 Wyoming
9/14 at SMU
9/21 * Georgia State
9/28 Nicholls State
10/10 * ULM (ESPNU)
10/26 * at Arkansas State
11/2 * at Louisiana
11/9 * South Alabama
11/16 * Troy
11/23 * at Appalachian State
11/30 * at Coastal Carolina

8/31 Campbell
9/14 Southern Miss
9/21 at Akron
9/28 * Arkansas State
10/5 at Missouri
10/16 * South Alabama (ESPN2)
10/26 * at Georgia State
11/2 * at Coastal Carolina
11/9 * Georgia Southern
11/16 * at Texas State
11/23 * at Louisiana
11/30 * Appalachian State

About the Sun Belt Conference
Entering the second decade of the new millennium, the Sun Belt Conference continues to challenge itself, and its competitors, in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. Not content with being simply the youngest football conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the conference has shown that it can rise each and every season that comes along. And since the birth of the league as an FBS member in 2001, the evidence is clear that the conference is indeed rising above competitors and peer conferences.

Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, ULM, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy give the league 10 football members. Little Rock and UTA compete as Sun Belt members in sports other than football.

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