NEW ORLEANS – The inaugural Sun Belt Conference Football Championship Game is headed to Boone, N.C. as Appalachian State won its piece of the Sun Belt East Division Saturday afternoon and claimed the right to host West Division representative Louisiana.
Kickoff for the first Sun Belt Football Championship Game will come straight out of College Game Day on ESPN at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 1. App State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium will serve as the championship venue when the Mountaineers (9-2, 7-1 Sun Belt) host the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-5, 5-3 Sun Belt). The winner will play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 15.
App State claimed its part of the East Division title by defeating Troy 21-10 on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans and Mountaineers finished with identical conference records, but App State’s head-to-head win placed them in the Championship Game. The Mountaineers also earned the right to host the game as they had a better conference record than the Cajuns.
Louisiana heads to the Championship game after a 31-28 win over ULM on Saturday. The Cajuns will represent the West Division regardless of Arkansas State’s result against Texas State Saturday evening. The Cajuns beat the Red Wolves and would win the tie-breaker between the two teams if they finished tied atop the West Division standings.
The Cajuns and Mountaineers met earlier in the season with App State taking a 27-17 win in Boone. Darrynton Evans rushed for 183 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns, including a tiebreaking run on a 20-yard reception late in the first half of that game.
Online ticketing ordering is available through appstatesports.com or fans can call the App State Athletic Ticket Office at 828-262-2079. The ticket office, located at the Holmes Center, will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun Belt Championship Game Tickets
Adult – $35
Youth – $25
App State Students (with valid ID) – Complimentary
Student Guests (limit two) – $20/each
Club – $50
Suite – $2,000
Those without 2018 App State season tickets may purchase a parking spot for $25, if available, when they purchase their championship game tickets.
Stay tuned to sunbeltsports.org for more information during the buildup to the game.
About the Sun Belt Conference
Entering the second decade of the new millennium, the Sun Belt Conference continues to challenge itself, and its competitors, in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. Not content with being simply the youngest football conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the conference has shown that it can rise each and every season that comes along. And since the birth of the league as an FBS member in 2001, the evidence is clear that the conference is indeed rising above competitors and peer conferences.
The Sun Belt finished second in bowl winning percentage among all 10 FBS conferences the last two seasons. Reaching back to the 2014 season, no conference has a better total bowl winning percentage (.611) than the Sun Belt. All that success comes as the 2018 season will see the conference split into East and West divisions for the first time and stage its first-ever championship game at the end of the regular season on December 1, 2018.
Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, ULM, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy give the league 10 football members. Little Rock and UTA compete as Sun Belt members in sports other than football.