As FBS conferences continue to postpone their seasons due to the coronavirus, one Group of 5 league is still planning to play ball this fall.
According to Stadium reporter Brett McMurphy, the Sun Belt has decided to press on with football this fall, following the lead of the SEC (and ACC it looks like).
Sun Belt Conference plans to follow SEC’s lead & play sports this fall, sources told @Stadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 10, 2020
However, the SEC and ACC are leading the charge on still having football this fall, and it sounds like they’re doing enough to convince at least one smaller conference to stay the course.
If these leagues do go on with fall seasons, perhaps we’ll see schedules altered to actually have non-conference games. After all, the Sun Belt is typically well connected with the SEC each season.
Last year, the two leagues had matchups such as Troy vs. Missouri, Appalachian State vs. South Carolina, Georgia vs. Arkansas State, LSU vs. Georgia Southern, Texas A&M vs. Texas State, and of course, Tennessee vs. Georgia State (lol).
In fact, there have been at least six matchups between these two conferences in every season in the 2000s. However, Kentucky hasn’t played a Sun Belt team since defeating New Mexico State in the 2016 season.