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Arkansas State could benefit from NCAA decision

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The NCAA says Georgia Southern cannot play in a bowl game this year, increasing the chance that Arkansas State will be invited to post-season play.

Georgia Southern was undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference but ineligible for a bowl under NCAA rules. The NCAA denied the school's request for a waiver Tuesday. Appalachian State was also a Sun Belt newcomer this year and ineligible for a bowl game.

That leaves the Sun Belt with four teams with enough victories to qualify for post-season play - and the league has three bowl tie-ins.

Louisiana-Lafayette was 8-4 overall, while Arkansas State and Texas State are 7-5. South Alabama is 6-6.

The league has tie-ins with R and L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the GoDaddy Bowl and the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

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