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    What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

    2018 was an unusual year. UIW and Lamar went to the playoffs. UCA, Sam and McNeese didn’t. ACU had a winning record, including a W over SLC champion Nicholls.

    What’s ahead for 2019? Was 2018 the new norm or do we return to the old normal in 2019?

    Are there more surprises ahead as SFA and McNeese bring in new coaches? Will NWLA and SLU step up following a full season playing in new systems under first year coaches?

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    Re: What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

    Looks like SFA hires Colby Carthel from a&m-commerce
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    Re: What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

    The Southland is going to become a premier FCS conference very soon. This is a conference deep unlike any orher outside of the top 3 (Big Sky, CAA, MVFC). Our conference showed off that depth this year. When a UIW can come out and be competitive that really does show the kind of talent we have. This season was the second year in a row we’ve had three in the playoffs. That should be the new normal. Think about the parity in this league. ACU beat Nicholls, the conference champions. That speaks to the depth better than any result IMO.

    I expect Sam and UCA to be better. Nathan Brown has something going up in Conway. I think the UCA did a good thing hiring him. The Bears have a great quarterback and should get back on track next year. If their quarterback wouldn’t have went down they might have been a playoff team. Sam’s defense will continue to improve. I’m optimistic about next year.

    UIW will improve. Many of their impact players are young and won’t be graduating. I’m not sure what they’re losing but I think they’re going to build off of this year. NWST, SELA and ACU all played great down the stretch. Hell, the Wildcats were a team quietly mentioned as a team that could get in during conversations late in the night before Sunday.

    I think we can expect Nicholls to be better.

    McNeese and SFA have new coaches. We’ll see what they do.

    I couldn’t name one player for HBU. I hope I see them in the playoffs before I die or the world ends or whatever.

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    Re: What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

    2019: UCA wont likely make the playoffs. 2 FBS road games. As much as I want to see a shot at the playoffs, it likely isn't happening because of that. I'd like to say well at least we got tailgating, but we don't even have that. Only one home game the first 6 calendar weeks of the season and our fans will check out. Next year I will likely be a lurker...
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    Re: What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

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    Re: What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

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    Looks like SFA hires Colby Carthel from a&m-commerce
    A coach who actually knows how to take advantage of all that talent SFA seems to attract could turn the Jacks into a force. If Carthel stays out of hot water with the NCAA, this could be a great hire for y’all.

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    Re: What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

    I think us non SFAers have forgotten the late 2000s. SFA can really be a good program. It’s too bad Conque mever really did anything after the playoffs in 2013. So much talent in that program just wasted.

    Maybe next year the Lumberjacks show some progress. Would definitely be good for our conference as a whole. Unless you’re playing Sam, best of luck to Jack Nation.

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    Re: What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

    Quote Originally Posted by katss07 View Post
    The Southland is going to become a premier FCS conference very soon. This is a conference deep unlike any orher outside of the top 3 (Big Sky, CAA, MVFC). Our conference showed off that depth this year. When a UIW can come out and be competitive that really does show the kind of talent we have. This season was the second year in a row we’ve had three in the playoffs. That should be the new normal. Think about the parity in this league. ACU beat Nicholls, the conference champions. That speaks to the depth better than any result IMO.

    I expect Sam and UCA to be better. Nathan Brown has something going up in Conway. I think the UCA did a good thing hiring him. The Bears have a great quarterback and should get back on track next year. If their quarterback wouldn’t have went down they might have been a playoff team. Sam’s defense will continue to improve. I’m optimistic about next year.

    UIW will improve. Many of their impact players are young and won’t be graduating. I’m not sure what they’re losing but I think they’re going to build off of this year. NWST, SELA and ACU all played great down the stretch. Hell, the Wildcats were a team quietly mentioned as a team that could get in during conversations late in the night before Sunday.

    I think we can expect Nicholls to be better.

    McNeese and SFA have new coaches. We’ll see what they do.

    I couldn’t name one player for HBU. I hope I see them in the playoffs before I die or the world ends or whatever.
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    Re: What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

    Going on 20 years I still forget about SFA when thinking of teams in the conference. Including the butt whoopings they laid on us.
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    Re: What’s ahead for the Southland Conference in 2019?

    Agree that the conference has much more depth than in previous years. We now have a group of 6-7 (Nicholls, MSU, SHSU, UCA, UIW, Lamar, SELA/ACU) playoff possibilities going into next season, whereas it was only 3-4 (UCA, SHSU, McNeese, SELA) in the past. We will have to see how SFA does, but I expect major improvement under Carthel. More competitive means better when playoff time comes around. I think we will get three next year. Hopefully Sam bounces back and is one of them. We have a lot coming back, including Brock at QB, Stewart at WR, Jackson at RB and a lot of young DBs (although losing S Contreras is huge). I like the trend our defense is on.
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