NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.org) - UL-Lafayette and Texas State are the first two Sun Belt Conference teams to meet the bowl eligible mark this season as both teams won their sixth games of the year.
For the Cajuns, it is the third consecutive year that Mark Hudspeth's team has been bowl eligible. The Cajuns are winners of six consecutive games and are currently 3-0 in league play.
For Texas State, it is the first time that the Bobcats are bowl eligible and it comes in only their second year playing in the Football Bowl Subdivision and first year in the Sun Belt.
Two critical league matchups are on tap for this week. On Thursday night, the Cajuns host Troy for an ESPNU primetime affair. Troy is just one win away from being bowl eligible.
UL-Monroe is also only one win away from bowl eligibility and will host Arkansas State. The Red Wolves need two more wins to get to the bowl eligible mark after winning this past Saturday at South Alabama. WKU faces Army in non-conference action.
All times Central (CT) and subject to change
* denotes Sun Belt Conference game
* Western Kentucky 44, Georgia State 28 - 12 p.m. (Sun Belt Network)
Texas State 37, Idaho 21 - 4 p.m.
UL-Lafayette 49, New Mexico State 35 - 4 p.m. (RCN/ESPN3)
* Arkansas State 17, South Alabama 16 - 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
* UL-Monroe 49, Troy 37 - 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
* Troy 32, Western Kentucky 26 - 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
* Texas State 33, South Alabama 31 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
* UL-Monroe 38, Georgia State 10 - 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
* UL-Lafayette 23, Arkansas State 7 – 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Justin Manton (UL-Monroe, K / P, Jr.)
Justin Manton was successful on all seven of his PAT attempts during ULM's 49-37 win at Troy on Oct. 31… With his seven XPs he moved into seventh place in school history in points scored (164 points) and points kicking (164) he is now in sole possession of fourth place… Manton also averaged 47.2 yards per punt (six punts, 283 yards) including a long of 54 yards with one landing inside the 20 yard line… He also registered 515 yards on eight kickoffs for a 64.4 avg with five touchbacks.