2009 NCAA Bowl Projections, Part Ten: The Sun Belt Conference

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2009 NCAA Bowl Projections, Part Ten: The Sun Belt Conference

There’s only one non-BCS conference left to spotlight in the Bowl Projection Series, and that’s the Sun Belt.

The Sun Belt is like the red-headed step-child of the FBS; everyone beats up on them. They are so maligned that they only have one bowl bid, and any others they get almost always come by default instead of choice.

But what more can you expect for a conference that just a few years ago faced the very real possibility of their champion not even reaching bowl eligibility standards?

The dominant team is Troy. The Trojans have finished first or second in the Sun Belt five times since joining the conference in 2004.

They went undefeated in the league this year, edging out Middle Tennessee State (who had the same overall record as Troy).

The Sun Belt has four eligible teams but only that one automatic bid to the New Orleans Bowl, which is obligated to take the champion.

They do have three contingency plans (the St. Petersburg, PapaJohns.com and Independence Bowls can select Sun Belt teams), but none of those are available this year.

This year, though, they will still get two bids…but as usual, it will be by default.

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