Most of the Sun Belt is still playing non-conference games this week.
Florida Atlantic (0-2) is at Auburn (2-1) after opening the season at Florida and Michigan State.
Both those games will have a direct bearing on the title hunt.
Here’s a look a the Sun Belt heading into week four of the season:
Florida International (3-0, 1-0)
The Golden Panthers are coming off a 17-10 win over Central Florida. That came a week after FIU had beaten Louisville, and those wins were impressive enough that FIU received votes in the Top 25 polls, a first for the program and rarity for the Sun Belt.
It is back to Sun Belt play for FIU this week, as they host Louisiana-Lafayette (2-1, 0-0).
Troy (0-2, 0-0)
Troy may be winless, but the Trojans have not looked that bad in losses to Clemson and No. 14 Arkansas on Saturday. The Trojans outgained the Razorbacks 457 to 454 in the 38-28 loss. Troy hosts Middle Tennessee (0-2, 0-0) Saturday in a key Sun Belt game, as the Blue Raiders are expected to be one of the top teams in the conference.
“[Middle Tennessee] is a good team and probably a little like us, trying to find themselves. It’s a big game for us, a big game for them and a big game for the Sun Belt,” Blakeney said.
Middle Tennessee (0-2, 0-0)
The Blue Raiders had the week off after opening the season with losses to Purdue and Georgia Tech. They are on the road at Troy for the conference opener for both teams, and Middle Tennessee could become a title contender with an upset.
Louisiana-Lafayette (2-1, 0-0)
After opening the season with a loss to Top 10 Oklahoma State, the the Ragin’ Cajuns have won two straight, including beating Nicholls State 38-21 Saturday. They’ll need to bring that momentum to South Florida, as they face a very hot FIU team on Saturday.
Arkansas State (1-2, 0-0)
The Red Wolves lost to Virginia Tech 26-7 on Saturday, but have a chance to even their record when they host FCS member Central Arkansas this week.
Louisiana-Monroe (1-2, 0-0)
The Warhawks lost to TCU 38-17 Saturday and have another tough game this week as they are at Iowa. That will conclude their non-conference schedule, with eight straight Sun Belt games to finish the season.
Western Kentucky (0-3, 0-0)
The Hilltoppers lost to FCS member Indiana State 44-16 at home Saturday, a bad loss for WKU and the Sun Belt. They are off this week before opening Sun Belt play on Oct. 1 when the Hilltoppers host Arkansas State.
North Texas (0-3, 0-1)
The Mean Green lost to Alabama 41-0 Saturday, and host Indiana on Saturday in the second game in their new stadium.