And no one loves playing/beating the Sun Belt more than the SEC, especially Mississippi State.
Three of the Bulldogs' four non-conference games are against Sun Belt members Troy, South Alabama and Middle Tennessee. Their fourth non-conference game is against FCS member Jackson State. I guess there were no Division III teams available that week.
Anyway, Mississippi State is among nine SEC schools that will play Sun Belt schools this fall in a total of 12 non-conference games. The only SEC schools without a Sun Belt team on the schedule is Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Defending national champion Alabama’s schedule features two Sun Belt opponents: Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic.
After the SEC, Conference USA has the most schools (six) playing Sun Belt opponents with a total of eight games.
Mississippi State is one of five schools with multiple Sun Belt opponents. Alabama, Memphis, Tulane and Navy each have two Sun Belt non-conference games.
The only FBS league that isn’t playing the Sun Belt is the WAC.
Last year, the Sun Belt was only 10-25 in non-conference games against FBS opponents, including a 1-2 bowl record.Conference (games vs. Sun Belt)
ACC (3): Duke, Georgia Tech, N.C. State
Big East (1): Louisville
Big 10 (1): Nebraska
Big 12 (3): Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State
C-USA (6): Houston, Memphis 2, Southern Miss, Tulane 2, UAB, UCF
Independents (1): Navy 2
MAC (1): Akron
Mountain West (1): Hawaii
SEC (9): Alabama 2, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State 3, Tennessee
Pac-12 (1): Oregon