Photo by Gerald Castillo
Bobcats selected fifth in West Division in Sun Belt Coaches Poll
For the second year in a row, Texas State was voted to finish in fifth place in the West Division and ninth overall in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, the league announced Thursday morning.
The Bobcats earned 16 points in the poll with no first-place votes, three points ahead of 10th-place Georgia State. The team was selected at the same spot in 2018’s poll but did receive three additional points this year.
Appalachian State and Louisiana are expected to win the East and West Divisions, respectively, garnering 46 points each. The Mountaineers were predicted to win the conference championship, though, with seven first-place votes to the Ragin’ Cajuns’ six.
The poll was released ahead of the annual Sun Belt Media Day held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday. Senior offensive lineman Aaron Brewer, senior linebacker Bryan London and new head coach Jake Spavital will represent Texas State at the event.
The Bobcats are coming off a 3-9 season in which they tied with the Panthers for the worst conference record at 1-7. The 2019 campaign begins on Thursday, Aug. 29, against Texas A&M in College Station, kicking off at 7:30 p.m.
2019 Sun Belt Football Coaches Predicted Order of Finish
(First-place votes in parentheses)
1. Appalachian State (7) - 46 pts
2. Troy (1) - 39 pts
3. Georgia Southern (2) - 35 pts
4. Coastal Carolina - 17 pts
5. Georgia State - 13 pts
1. Louisiana (6) - 46 pts
2. Arkansas State (3) - 42 pts
3. ULM - 27 pts
4. South Alabama (1) - 19 pts
5. Texas State - 16 pts
2019 Sun Belt Football Coaches Predicted Championship Game Winner