Sep 092012

Louisiana-Monroe’s 34-31 OT victory over No. 8 Arkansas wasn’t just a triumph for the Warhawks, but a triumph for the entire Sun Belt Conference.

Before yesterday, the Sun Belt’s record vs. AP ranked opponents was 1-104.

Troy has the Sun Belt’s only other victory over a ranked opponent. In 2004, Troy beat No. 19 Missouri 24-14.

After last night, the Sun Belt’s record vs. ranked opponents is 2-105 for a winning percentage of .019; the worst by any conference in the FBS. Followed by the MAC (.097 W Pct), and Conference USA (.154 W Pct).

On a per game average, the Sun Belt has been outscored 44-12 by ranked opponents, and has been shutout 18 times in such games. However, on six occasions they were only a touchdown short of beating a ranked opponent.

Season Sun Belt Team Opp Rk Opponent Result Notes
2001 New Mexico St. vs. 22 Oregon St. L 27-22
2003 Middle Tennessee St. at 23 Missouri L 41-40
2004 Troy (AL) at 18 Louisiana St. L 24-20
2008 Louisiana-Lafayette at 24 Illinois L 20-17
2009 Arkansas St. at 13 Iowa L 24-21
2009 Troy (AL) n 25 Central Michigan L 44-41 GMAC Bowl


Before last night, Troy’s 24-20 loss to Louisiana St. was the closest the Sun Belt ever came to beating a ranked opponent from the SEC. Looking at the Sun Belt vs. ranked opponents from just the SEC, their record is 1-47 (.021 W Pct), and they have been shutout 10 times.

Against opponents ranked in the top 10, the Sun Belt is 1-45 (.022 W Pct), and the closest a team from the Sun Belt ever came to beating a top 10 team, was back in 2006, when Troy lost to No. 9 Florida St. 24-17. The closest the Sun Belt has ever come to defeating a top 10 team from the SEC, was in 2007, when Troy lost to No. 10 Georgia 44-34.

By the way, the Sun Belt has never had a team ranked in the AP Poll.


Sources: College Football at Sports-Reference.comCollege Poll ArchiveCollege Football Data Warehouse

  2 Responses to “Some Quick Notes About Louisiana-Monroe’s Historic Upset over No. 8 Arkansas”

  1. Louisiana-Lafayette, then known as Southwestern Louisiana (USL) beat Texas A&M, then ranked 25th in 1996 29-22….

  2. The Sun Belt wasn’t a football conference in 1996.

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