The Sun Belt dominated their Power 5 wins in Week 2, knocking out three teams (including two ranked) on home turf. In total, Appalachian State, South Georgia and marshal racked up $4.173 million between the three major upsets.
Called Guaranteed Games, it offers mid-major conference schools a chance to offset all sports budget costs for that specific sport. Most teams pay Group of Five conferences an approximate sum of $1 million, more or less, to essentially score a W in the win column against a lesser opponent. As we discovered on Saturday, that’s not always guaranteed.
Here is what each program paid to his respective Sun Belt opponent:
Texas A&M paid State of Appalachia: $1.5 million
Nebraska paid Georgia Southern: $1.423 million
our Lady paid Marshall: $1.25 million
Nebraska was dominated by Georgia Southern. Eagles Quarterback Kyle Vantrease passed for 409 yards against the Cornhuskers while allowing 233 rushing yards. get into a shootout, Casey Thompson and Nebraska’s offense couldn’t keep up and the Cornhuskers fell to 1-2 in the young season.
The poor showing cost former head coach Scott Frost his joband associate head coach Mickey Joseph will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Appalachian State outscored the Aggies nearly 40 minutes to 20 on offense. Keeping Haynes King and the Texas A&M offense off the field kept the score low enough for the Mountaineers to take advantage and come out of College Station with a win.
While Appalachia State has proven it can win in big moments over the past few seasons, and Nebraska looks like a ready ship to sink as the season progresses, the biggest surprise in weekend came when Notre Dame – a preseason Top 5 team – lost to Marshall 26-21 in South Bend.
Marcus Freeman remains winless as leader of the Fighting Irish and 0-3 as head coach. With matches against North Carolina, BYU, Clemson and USC Still on Notre Dame’s schedule, Freeman’s first season could be a long one in 2022.