The Sun Belt was a combined 1-8 in the opening week, with the only win coming in a battle of conference teams, with Florida International beating North Texas 41-16.
The rest of the conference had teams playing money games against teams from the original BCS conferences, with the expected outcomes.
But Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky were able to put a scare into their opponents, though they could not pull off the upsets.
As Troy coach Larry Blakeney said, “There is nothing positive in ‘looking good and losing close.’ That gets you fired.”
Here is where things stand after week one:
Florida International (1-0): Last week – 41-16 win over North Texas; This week – at Louisville (1-0)
The Golden Panthers rolled over the Mean Green. North Texas’s offense did not score, as the only points came on two turnovers and a safety. FIU’s T.Y. Hilton was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week after he collected 283 all-purpose yards.
FAU (0-1): Last week – 41-3 loss at No. 22 Florida; This week – at Michigan State (1-0)
The Owls could not contend with Florida’s speed on offense, and the Gators defense also dominated the Owls up front.
Troy (0-1): Last week – 43-19 loss at Clemson; This week – off.
The Trojans had a 16-13 lead at halftime before fading in the second half. They get the week off to regroup before heading to
Middle Tennessee (0-1): Last week – 27-24 loss at Purdue; This week – Georgia Tech (1-0)
The Blue Raiders look like they had this game won, but Purdue rallied for a late score with under a minute to play, and the Boilermakers blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt with time expiring to preserve the win.
Louisiana-Lafayette (0-1): Last week – 61-34 loss at No. 9 Oklahoma State; This week – at Kent State (0-1)
The Ragin’ Cajuns offense showed some life, but the defense had no answer for the Cowboys high-octane offense.
Louisiana-Monroe (0-1): Last week – 34-0 loss at No. 6 Florida State; This week – Grambling (1-0)
The Warhawks could get nothing going offensively, as they had 99 yards rushing and 92 yards passing and 12 first downs.
Arkansas State (0-1): Last week – 33-15 loss at Illinois; This week – Memphis (0-1)
The Red Wolves put on a decent performance. The high-speed offense couldn’t get it done, though.
North Texas (0-1): Last week – 41-16 loss at FIU; This week – Houston (1-0)
New NT coach Dan McCarney warned that he didn’t have a lot of I-A caliber players on his roster, and it showed. The offensive line is of particular concern.
Western Kentucky (0-1): Last week – 14-3 loss at Kentucky; This week – Navy (1-0)
The Hilltoppers put on a surprisingly strong performance and were in this game from start to finish. Unfortunately their offense sputtered or they might have been able to pull off a huge upset.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun