Texas State: I’m going to go with Coach Franchione’s Bobcats as a surprise pick. He will hasten Tyler Jones development @QB and they’ll score enough to hide their defensive deficiencies
South Alabama- Bridge or maybe Matt Floyd, a late USF transfer , will try to replace Metheny @ QB. On D they have a solid veteran secondary but will need some transfers to help quickly on the front four. Tough stretch of conference games in November: @ULL & Ark St, then home against Texas St.
UL. Lafayette- No question the Cajuns’ lights are bright with Broadway @QB Broadway and RBS, Alonzo Harris (942 yards and 14 touchdowns) and Elijah McGuire (863 yards), and may supplant my top pick by the time the season ends.
Arkansas St. Does Knighten, the new starting QB, excel quickly?
La.-Monroe: I like the Thomas to Ceasar connection and the Warhawks always surprise.
Georgia State- Coach Miles, a program rebuilder, OC Jeff Jagodzinski (head coach at BC a few years ago), may turn Arbuckle into a solid QB. Panthers will inch towatd the middle of the pack.
Troy- Burks and Chunn are decent RBs who will run behind a good offensive live. The D is rebuilding
Appalachian St- Biggest name is Marcus Cox, a sophomore, who rushed for 1,250 yards and 15 touchdowns and had 43 receptions for 559 yards in 2014. Strong fan support should help them but this will be a rough season which includes Michigan seeking revenge for seven years ago.
New Mexico St.-It’s likely to be a rocky Aggies return to the Sunbelt. Maybe the young D develops quickly?
Idaho- Marboe to Epps is a decent offensive connection but the Vandals will be hanging around the cellar door.
Ga. Southern : Coach Monken went to coach Army after the big win over Florida and it will be a rocky season for new coach Fritz