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Sun Belt has hope for a team to play on New Year's Day

Sun Belt has hope for a team to play on New Year's Day

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Published 9:24 a.m. ET Aug. 12, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield understood the implication when Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson asserted that the league could have a team in New Year’s Day bowl game for the first time — and win it — as soon as this season.

While Benson didn’t name that team, Appalachian State, which shared the Sun Belt title a season ago, is now the league’s preseason favorite in 2017, according to a poll of coaches and selected media. Troy and Arkansas State — which are not on the Mountaineers’ eight-game league schedule this season — were picked second and third.

“We’d love to be that team and certainly at the end of the season, I hope we are,” Satterfield said. “You can’t focus on that…

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