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.