NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.org) - Sun Belt teams combined for four more non-conference wins on Saturday with Texas State and Troy moving to 2-0 on the season and Louisiana-Monroe and South Alabama earning their first wins of the season.
Notably, South Alabama's win over Tulane pushed the Sun Belt's record to 3-0 against Conference-USA on the season. The two conferences have only one remaining regular season contest as Tulane visits ULM on September 28. Those two teams met last season with ULM winning 63-10.
Texas State opened with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2005 and just the third time since 1992 when Dennis Franchione was head coach. The Bobcats will remain undefeated for at least one more week as they have off this upcoming Saturday before travelling to Lubbok to face Texas Tech on September 21.
Troy will take its 2-0 record to Jonesboro for a Thursday night ESPNU clash with conference rival Arkansas State. The two teams have combined to win at least a share of the Sun Belt Championship for the last eight years. Arkansas State has won the last two SBC titles outright along with a share of the 2005 championship, while Troy took at least a piece of the championship for five seasons from 2006 through 2010.
Next Saturday will see another early season conference game as WKU travels to Mobile to play USA. Louisiana-Lafayette will be playing its home opener for the 2013 season after playing on the road the previous two weeks. ULM will begin a two-game non-conference road swing as it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., for its first ever meeting with Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon.
* Troy at Arkansas State – 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Georgia State at West Virginia - 11 a.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at Wake Forest - 11:30 a.m. (Raycom Sports Net)
Nicholls State at Louisiana-Lafayette - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
* Western Kentucky at South Alabama - 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Jacksonville State at Georgia State - 1 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette at Akron - 5 p.m.
Texas State at Texas Tech - 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)
Morgan State at Western Kentucky - 6 p.m.
Arkansas State at Memphis - TBA
Louisiana-Monroe at Baylor - TBA
Troy at Mississippi State - TBA
All times Central (CT) and subject to change
* denotes Sun Belt Conference game
Tennessee 52, WKU 20 - 11:21 a.m. (SEC Network)
Chattanooga 42, Georgia State 14 - 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
South Alabama 41, Tulane 39 - 2:30 p.m.
Kansas State 48, Louisiana-Lafayette 27 - 5:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Texas State 28, Prairie View A&M 3 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Troy 66, Savannah State 3 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Louisiana-Monroe 48, Grambling State 10 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Auburn 38, Arkansas State 9 - 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)
Arkansas 34, Louisiana-Lafayette 14 - 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Network)
#16 Oklahoma 34, Louisiana-Monroe 0 - 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Network PPV)
Troy 34, UAB 31 (OT) - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
^ WKU 35, Kentucky 26 (ESPNews) - 6 p.m.
Arkansas State 62, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 11 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
Texas State 22, Southern Mississippi 15 - 6 p.m.