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September 22, 2009

Sun Belt Publisher Poll Week 4

Sun Belt Publisher's Pre-Season Poll


Sun Belt Publisher's Week Four Poll

1. Middle Tennessee (2) -  Previous rank: 4
Back to back wins over bigger programs have propelled the Blue Raiders to the top of the publisher poll.  The Tony Franklin offense has been quite efficient and quarterback Dwight Dasher appears to be gaining confidence by the week.


2. Troy (1) – Previous rank: 5
The Trojans looked more like the team everyone expected in dispatching UAB. Levi Brown was outstanding in the passing game as Troy rolled up more than 500 yards of offense.


3.Arkansas State (1) – Previous rank: 1
Used the bye week in preparation for big battle with Troy for Belt supremacy, but ASU has the luxury of having the game in Jonesboro. Winner will get leg up in SBC race.


4. FIU – Previous rank: 2
The Golden Panthers missed an opportunity for a landmark win in a road setback at Rutgers. Their game with Toledo this week will be one of the most intriguing games on the schedule.


5. Louisiana-Lafayette – Previous rank: 1
The Cajuns were respectable at LSU as the offense had 272 yards of total offense.  The Cajun defense certainly earned some praise against the Tigers. Defensive back Gerren Blount looks like a playmaker.


6. Florida Atlantic – Previous rank: 8
Gave South Carolina a big scare, trailing by one at half. Owls with 300 yards of offense but little in second half. 
The Owls need more depth to emerge on the defensive line.


7. ULM – Previous rank: 7
Last season Head Coach Charlie Weatherbie described their game against Tulane as a sleep walking performance.  Their game against Arizona State could be described in the same way.  The Warhawks have had a very entertaining series with FAU in recent years and the two teams will likely play another exciting game this weekend. ULM needs to improve on special teams.


8. North Texas – Previous rank: 6
Without Riley Dodge at quarterback, the Mean Green are a different team. Fortunately for them, Dodge should return this week for the conference opener against Middle Tennessee. He'll need a big game against a ball hawking Blue Raider defense.


9. WKU – Previous rank: 9
After losing to Central Arkansas convincingly, it looks likely that the Hilltoppers will be underdogs in every game the rest of the way. They are likely to trip up a conference opponent at some point, but they face a long uphill climb.  Until prove otherwise, No. 120, last in the FBS.


First place votes in parenthesis, rankings are voted on by the Publishers of the Rivals.com Network Sun Belt Conference sites.  Teams are ranked 1-9, with a team getting 9 points for a first place vote through 1 point for getting a 9th place rank.



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