Remember when the Sun Belt Conference lacked credibility?
Even though the league did well in non-revenue sports, few respected the Sun Belt due to its rather pedestrian football programs. Football is king in college athletics, just like pigskin rules the Lone Star State.
Perception surrounding the Sun Belt began to change a few years ago as the league won a few big non-conference games. Add in a few bowl victories and the Sun Belt looks more formidable than ever before.