Sun Belt Conference announces complete 2017 football schedule

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2017 Sun Belt Conference Composite Football Schedule
2017 Sun Belt Conference Team-by-Team Composite Football Schedule

2017 Sun Belt Conference Football Schedule Announced
NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference announced its 2017 football schedule on Wednesday.  The announcement includes dates for conference games as well as an initial lineup of games that will be nationally televised by ESPN.

Coming off one of the Sun Belt’s best football seasons in 2016, the conference will be on display to a national television audience for two Wednesday night ESPN2 showings and five Thursday night ESPNU games.

A television schedule for the first three weeks of the regular season plus game times for midweek contests will be announced at a later date.  For games in the fourth week of the season and beyond, networks will be determined 12 days out from the contest.

The 2017 season will conclude with the Sun Belt being guaranteed a minimum of five spots in postseason bowl games. The Sun Belt maintains partnerships with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Dollar General Bowl, the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, the AutoNation Cure Bowl, and the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl.  Additionally, the College Football Playoff guarantees that a spot among the premier bowl games in college football will be given to the highest-ranked champion from the Group of Five” conferences: the Sun Belt Conference, American Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, Mid-American Conference and Conference USA.  The Sun Belt posted a 4-2 record in postseason bowl games last season – the second best bowl winning percentage among all 10 of the FBS conferences.

The 2017 season will see the debut of the Coastal Carolina football team as a competitor in the Sun Belt.  The Chanticleers currently compete in the conference in all other sports and are making their transition to the FBS. CCU will be eligible for the conference championship, however they will not be eligible for the postseason as part of their NCAA transition.

2017 Sun Belt Conference Composite Football Schedule

Thursday, August 31
Tennessee State at Georgia State
Sacramento State at Idaho
ULM at Memphis
New Mexico State at Arizona State

Saturday, September 2
Appalachian State at Georgia
Arkansas State at Nebraska
UMASS at Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern at Auburn
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana
South Alabama at Ole Miss
Houston Baptist at Texas State
Troy at Boise State

Saturday, September 9
Savannah State at Appalachian State
Miami at Arkansas State
New Hampshire at Georgia Southern
UNLV at Idaho
Louisiana at Tulsa
ULM at Florida State
New Mexico State at New Mexico
Oklahoma State at South Alabama
Texas State at Colorado
Alabama State at Troy

Saturday, September 16
* Appalachian State Texas State
* Troy at New Mexico State
Arkansas Pine Bluff at Arkansas State
Coastal Carolina at UAB
Georgia State at Penn State
Idaho at Western Michigan
Louisiana at Texas A&M
Southern Miss at ULM
Alabama A&M at South Alabama

Saturday, September 23
* Idaho at South Alabama
* ULM at Louisiana
Wake Forest at Appalachian State
Arkansas State at SMU
Western Illinois at Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern at Indiana
Georgia State at Charlotte
UTEP at New Mexico State
UTSA at Texas State
Akron at Troy

Saturday, September 30
* Coastal Carolina at ULM
Memphis at Georgia State
New Mexico State at Arkansas
South Alabama at Louisiana Tech
Texas State at Wyoming
Troy at LSU

Wednesday, October 4
* Arkansas State at Georgia Southern (ESPN2)

October 7
* Georgia State at Coastal Carolina
* Louisiana at Idaho
* ULM at Texas State
*New Mexico State at Appalachian State

Wednesday, October 11
* South Alabama at Troy (ESPN2)

Thursday, October 12
* Texas State at Louisiana (ESPNU)

Saturday, October 14
* Appalachian State at Idaho
* Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State
* New Mexico State at Georgia Southern
* Georgia State at ULM

Thursday, October 19
* Louisiana at Arkansas State (ESPNU)

Saturday, October 21
* Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State
* ULM at South Alabama
* Troy at Georgia State
Georgia Southern at UMASS
Idaho at Missouri

Thursday, October 26
* South Alabama at Georgia State (ESPNU)

Saturday, October 28
* Arkansas State at New Mexico State
* Texas State at Coastal Carolina
* Georgia Southern at Troy
* ULM at Idaho
Appalachian State at UMASS

Thursday, November 2
* Idaho at Troy (ESPNU)

Saturday, November 4
* Appalachian State at ULM
* Georgia State at Georgia Southern
* Louisiana at South Alabama
* New Mexico State at Texas State
Coastal Carolina at Arkansas

Thursday, November 9
* Georgia Southern at Appalachian State (ESPNU)

Saturday, November 11
* Arkansas State at South Alabama
* Georgia State at Texas State
* Troy at Costal Carolina
Louisiana at Ole Miss

Saturday, November 18
* Texas State at Arkansas State
* Coastal Carolina at Idaho
* South Alabama at Georgia Southern
* New Mexico State at Louisiana
ULM at Auburn

Saturday, November 25
* Appalachian State at Georgia State
* Arkansas State at ULM
* Georgia Southern at Louisiana
* Idaho at New Mexico State
* Texas State at Troy

Saturday, December 2
* Louisiana at Appalachian State
* Troy at Arkansas State
* Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina
* Idaho at Georgia State
* South Alabama at New Mexico State

* denotes Sun Belt Conference game
All times Central (CT) and subject to change

Appalachian State
Sept. 2          at Georgia
Sept. 9          Savannah State
Sept. 16        * at Texas State
Sept. 23        Wake Forest
Oct. 7            * New Mexico State
Oct. 14          * at Idaho
Oct. 21          * Coastal Carolina
Oct. 28          at UMASS
Nov. 4           * at ULM
Nov. 9           * Georgia Southern (ESPNU)
Nov. 25         * at Georgia State
Dec. 2            * Louisiana

Arkansas State
Sept. 2          at Nebraska
Sept. 9          Miami
Sept. 16        Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Sept. 23        at SMU
Oct. 4            * at Georgia Southern (ESPN2)
Oct. 14          * Coastal Carolina
Oct. 19          * Louisiana (ESPNU)
Oct. 28          * at New Mexico State
Nov. 11         * at South Alabama
Nov. 18         * Texas State
Nov. 25         * at ULM
Dec. 2            * Troy

Coastal Carolina
Sept. 2          UMASS
Sept. 16        at UAB
Sept. 23        Western Illinois
Sept. 30        * at ULM
Oct. 7            * Georgia State
Oct. 14          * at Arkansas State
Oct. 21          * at Appalachian State
Oct. 28          * Texas State
Nov. 4           at Arkansas
Nov. 11         * Troy
Nov. 18         * at Idaho
Dec. 2            * Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern
Sept. 2          at Auburn
Sept. 9          New Hampshire
Sept. 23        at Indiana
Oct. 4            * Arkansas State (ESPN2)
Oct. 14          * New Mexico State
Oct. 21          at UMASS
Oct. 28          * at Troy
Nov. 4           * Georgia State
Nov. 9           * at Appalachian State (ESPNU)
Nov. 18         * South Alabama
Nov. 25         * at Louisiana
Dec. 2            * at Coastal Carolina

Georgia State
Aug. 31         Tennessee State
Sept. 16        at Penn State
Sept. 23        at Charlotte
Sept. 30        Memphis
Oct. 7            * at Coastal Carolina
Oct. 14          * at ULM
Oct. 21          * Troy
Oct. 26          * South Alabama (ESPNU)
Nov. 4           * at Georgia Southern
Nov. 11         * at Texas State
Nov. 25         * Appalachian State
Dec. 2            * Idaho

Idaho
Aug. 31         Sacramento St.
Sept. 9          UNLV
Sept. 16        at Western Mich.
Sept. 23        * at South Alabama
Oct. 7            * Louisiana
Oct. 14          * Appalachian State
Oct. 21          at Missouri
Oct. 28          * ULM
Nov. 2           * at Troy (ESPNU)
Nov. 18         * Coastal Carolina
Nov. 25         * at New Mexico State
Dec. 2            * at Georgia State

Louisiana
Sept. 2          Southeastern
Sept. 9          at Tulsa
Sept. 16        at Texas A&M
Sept. 23        * ULM
Oct. 7            * at Idaho
Oct. 12          * Texas State (ESPNU)
Oct. 19          * at Arkansas State (ESPNU)
Nov. 4           * at South Alabama
Nov. 11         at Ole Miss
Nov. 18         * New Mexico State
Nov. 25         * Georgia Southern
Dec. 2            * at Appalachian State

ULM
Aug. 31         at Memphis
Sept. 9          at FSU
Sept. 16        Southern Miss
Sept. 23        * at Louisiana
Sept. 30        * Coastal Carolina
Oct. 7            * at Texas State
Oct. 14          * Georgia State
Oct. 21          * at South Alabama
Oct. 28          * at Idaho
Nov. 4           * Appalachian State
Nov. 18         at Auburn
Nov. 25         * Arkansas State

New Mexico State
Aug. 31         at Arizona State
Sept. 9          at New Mexico
Sept. 16        * Troy
Sept. 23        UTEP
Sept. 30        at Arkansas
Oct. 7            * at Appalachian State
Oct. 14          * at Georgia Southern
Oct. 28          * Arkansas State
Nov. 4           * at Texas State
Nov. 18         * at Louisiana
Nov. 25         * Idaho
Dec. 2            * South Alabama

South Alabama
Sept. 2          at Ole Miss
Sept. 9          Oklahoma State
Sept. 16        Alabama A&M
Sept. 23        * Idaho
Sept. 30        at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 11          * at Troy (ESPN2)
Oct. 21          * ULM
Oct. 26          * at Georgia State (ESPNU)
Nov. 4           * Louisiana
Nov. 11         * Arkansas State
Nov. 18         * at Georgia Southern
Dec. 2            * at New Mexico State

Texas State
Sept. 2          Houston Baptist
Sept. 9          at Colorado
Sept. 16        * Appalachian State
Sept. 23        UTSA
Sept. 30        at Wyoming
Oct. 7            * ULM
Oct. 12          * at Louisiana (ESPNU)
Oct. 28          * at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 4           * New Mexico State
Nov. 11         * Georgia State
Nov. 18         * at Arkansas State
Nov. 25         * at Troy

Troy
Sept. 2          at Boise State
Sept. 9          Alabama State
Sept. 16        * at New Mexico State
Sept. 23        Akron
Sept. 30        at LSU
Oct. 11          * South Alabama (ESPN2)
Oct. 21          * at Georgia State
Oct. 28          * Georgia Southern
Nov. 2           * Idaho (ESPNU)
Nov. 11         * at Coastal Carolina
Nov. 25         * Texas State
Dec. 2            * at Arkansas State

* denotes Sun Belt Conference game
Schedule is subject to change

About the Sun Belt Conference
The Sun Belt Conference’s “Together We Rise” motto isn’t just hyperbole. It’s proven fact on many different levels, not the least being its place in the hierarchy of collegiate athletics. The league’s embracing of innovations and advancements, its constant efforts to adapt in the ever-changing world of college athletics, and its continuing process of evolving to better serve its membership has been well documented since the day the conference was founded in 1976.

But one thing hasn’t changed: Since that founding, the Sun Belt Conference has always been a league of opportunity. Athletic and academic programs who have shown progressive thinking and the desire to improve have always found a home in the Sun Belt. For student-athletes, Sun Belt institutions are leaders in providing career services and the tools to assist in the pursuit of personal goals. Sun Belt members all employ full-time academic advisors and have on average more than 20 tutors for academic support. During the 2015-16 academic year, Sun Belt member institutions awarded over $50 million in scholarships to more than 3,100 student-athletes, while also providing life experiences such as team building, domestic and foreign travel, community service, mentoring, and recognition through honors and awards.

The Sun Belt Conference’s membership consists of 11 football members – Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Idaho, UL Lafayette, UL Monroe, New Mexico State, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy.  Little Rock and UT Arlington compete in all-sports as non-football members while Idaho and New Mexico State are football only members.  Coastal Carolina joined the Sun Belt Conference in all sports but football in 2016.  The CCU football program will begin Sun Belt play in 2017.

For more information on the Sun Belt Conference, visit www.sunbeltsports.org

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