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College Football Preview 2008College Football Free Pick'Em Contest 2008
SCS.COM COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW 2008: SUN BELT
July 7, 2008

SCS.comThe Sun Belt continues to grow and develop and a new flagship program emerged to carry the conference banner last season in Florida Atlantic. The Owls also earned the league some much needed respect, securing the school's first ever win versus a BCS conference foe, a 42-39 triumph over Minnesota. FAU then went ahead and completed their fine season with a dominating performance over Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl. Fellow conference members worked hard not to be outdone by the conference champions, as Troy dominated Oklahoma State at home and Louisiana-Monroe earned a huge win, claiming a victory at Alabama late in the season. As this still relatively young football conference continues to upgrade its talent level, expect more big wins to come in the future.

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Heading into the 2008 season Florida Atlantic remains the favorite as the Owls return the most experience, but expect stiff challenges from Troy and Louisiana-Monroe. The league is tightly bunched in the middle with Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, and Arkansas State all appearing to be evenly matched. North Texas and Florida International are still in rebuilding mode but look to be improved over last season while league newcomer Western Kentucky is not yet eligible for the conference championship, but the Hilltoppers do play five league games.

Another note of interest to keep in mind is out the nine teams in the conference, eight welcome back their starting quarterbacks from last season, with the one exclusion being league co-champion Troy. The best returner is Rusty Smith at Florida Atlantic, the reigning conference player of the year and he is the main reason why the Owls enter the season as the favorite to retain their league title. The Sun Belt has become more of a throwing conference in recent years, so experienced quarterback play is critical to a teams overall success and expect to see more of the league’s upgraded aerial attacks in 2008.

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