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Countdown to football: Sun Belt Conference adds contender for another tight race

Game day at Georgia Southern is all about tradition

When Georgia Southern University resurrected its football program in 1981, legendary head football coach Erk Russell inspired several traditions that continue to live on today.
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When Georgia Southern University resurrected its football program in 1981, legendary head football coach Erk Russell inspired several traditions that continue to live on today.

Yes, it’s still July, and we’re more than a month away from the start of the 2017 football season. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for the upcoming season. To do that, we’ll have a series throughout the summer counting down to the season.

The series continues with a power poll for the Sun Belt Conference.

Appalachian State

2016 record: 10-3.

Season opener: at Georgia, Sept. 2.

Troy

2016 record: 10-3.

Season opener: at Boise State, Sept. 2.

Arkansas State

2016 record: 8-5.

Season opener: at Nebraska, Sept. 2.

Coastal Carolina

2016 record: 10-2.

Season opener: vs. UMass, Sept. 2.

Georgia Southern

2016 record: 5-7.

Season opener: at Auburn, Sept. 2.

Louisiana

2016 record: 6-7.

Season opener: vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Sept. 2.

Idaho

2016 record: 9-4.

Season opener: vs. Sacramento State, Aug. 31.

South Alabama

2016 record: 6-7.

Season opener: at Mississippi, Sept. 2.

Georgia State

2016 record: 3-9.

Season opener: vs. Tennessee State, Aug. 31.

Louisiana-Monroe

2016 record: 4-8.

Season opener: at Memphis, Aug. 31.

New Mexico State

2016 record: 3-9.

Season opener: at Arizona State, Aug. 31.

Texas State

2016 record: 2-10.

Season opener: vs. Houston Baptist, Sept. 2.

Previous stories in this series:

GHSA Region 1-6A power poll.

GHSA Region 1-5A power poll.

GHSA Region 4-5A power poll.

GHSA Region 4-3A power poll.

GHSA Region 3-2A power poll.

GHSA Region 4B-1A power poll.

GHSA Region 7A-1A power poll.

SEC team-by-team schedules.

SEC weekly schedule.

Team-by-team schedules for ACC’s teams.

Weekly schedules for ACC’s teams.

Team-by-team schedules for Georgia’s Division I and Division II teams.

Weekly schedules for Georgia’s Division I and Division II teams.

Middle Georgia team-by-team GHSA schedules.

Middle Georgia weekly GHSA schedule.

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