The 2021 edition of the Sunbelt once again featured Louisiana, App State, and Coastal Carolina.   The Rajin Cajuns once again dominated the SBC West, winning the divisional title for the fourth consecutive year.  They won their first SBC Championship, beating Appalachian State for the second time in the season. 

App State rebounded from the initial brutal loss to Louisiana to reel off 6 straight wins to earn the SBC Championship shot.  The SBC has had three Championship Games (the 2020 game was cancelled due to COVID) and the Cajuns and Mountaineers have faced off in each one.   The Mountaineers made it to their 7th consecutive bowl game since joining FBS (a record), but dropped their first bowl matchup to red hot Western Kentucky.

Coastal Carolina followed up on their magical 2020 season with another strong campaign led by record-setting QB Grayson McCall.  McCall set an FBS record for single season efficiency rating at an unbelievable 207.6.  App State’s 30-27 home win over Coastal was one of the games of the year for the G5.  The Chanticleers stumbled again against Georgia State before closing a 11-2 season with their first bowl win over MAC Champion Northern Illinois. 

After a slow start, Georgia State caught fire, winning 7 of their last 8 games to end the season with a school record eight wins.  Included in the streak was a win over Coastal Carolina and a 51-20 domination of Ball State in the Camellia Bowl.   It also marked the Panther’s third consecutive winning season, also a school record. 

2021 Sunbelt Final Standings
2021 Final Standings SBC
Division/TeamConferenceAll Games
EastWLPctPointsAgainstWLPctPointsAgainst
Appalachian State710.8752981431040.714483310
Georgia State620.750244187850.615366352
Coastal Carolina620.7503031761120.846532281
Troy350.375171257570.417274313
Georgia Southern260.250180235390.250243377
WestWLPctPointsAgainstWLPctPointsAgainst
Louisiana801.0002391321310.929435259
Texas State350.375179249480.333277396
Louisiana Monroe260.250184295570.417299317
South Alabama260.250204210480.333251402
Arkansas State170.1251762942100.167303463
2021 Sunbelt Conference Season Awards
PlayerTeamAward
Grayson McCallCoastal CarolinaPlayer of the Year
Jalen TolbertSouth AlabamaOffensive Player of the Year
D’Marco JacksonAppalachian StateDefensive Player of the Year
Montrell JohnsonLouisianaFreshman of the Year
Chase BriceAppalachian StateNewcomer of the Year
Billy NapierLouisianaCoach of the Year
2021 Sunbelt Conference Team Statistical Leaders
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StatisticTeamMetric
Team Scoring Offense and Defense
Points Scored Per Game-TotalCoastal Carolina            40.9
Average Game Margin-TotalCoastal Carolina            19.3
Points Scored Per Game-ConfCoastal Carolina            37.9
Average Game Margin – ConfAppalachian State            19.4
Passing Offense
Pass Attempts Per GameArkansas State43.8
Pass Completions Per GameArkansas State25.8
Completion PercentageCoastal Carolina70.5
Passing Yards Per GameArkansas State313.1
Passing TDs Per GameCoastal Carolina2.5
Rushing Offense
Rushing Attempts Per GameGeorgia State44.8
Rushing Yards Per GameCoastal Carolina228
Average Yards Per CarryCoastal Carolina5.9
Rushing TDs Per GameCoastal Carolina2.8
Total Offense
Plays Per GameArkansas State72.8
Total Yards Per GameCoastal Carolina493.9
Average Yards Per PlayCoastal Carolina7.8
Penalties
Penalties Per Game (Fewest)Louisiana-Monroe3.8
Penalty Yards Per Game (Fewest)Louisiana-Monroe32.6
Offense Turnovers
Fumbles Per Game (Fewest)Louisiana0.2
Interceptions Per Game (Fewest)Coastal Carolina0.3
Total Turnovers Per Game (Fewest)Louisiana0.5
Team Scoring Defense
Points Allowed Per Game-TotalLouisiana18.5
Points Allowed Per Game-ConfLouisiana16.5
Passing Defense
Completions Allowed Per GameLouisiana15.7
Passing Yards Allowed Per GameCoastal Carolina190.2
Passing Completion % Per GameLouisiana53
Passing TDs Allowed Per GameSouth Alabama1.1
Rushing Defense
Rushing Yards Allowed Per GameAppalachian State126.1
Rushing Yards Per Carry AllowedTroy3.5
Rushing TDs Allowed Per GameLouisiana1.1
Total Defense
Yards Allowed Per GameTroy337.6
Total Yards Allowed Per PlayLouisiana5.1
Turnovers
Interceptions Per Game (Most)Troy1.3
Fumbles Recovered Per Game (Most)Louisiana0.9
Total turnovers Forced Per GameSouth Alabama2.1
2021 Sunbelt Conference Individual Statistical Leaders
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StatisticPlayerTeamMetric
Passing
CompletionsChase BriceAppalachian State242
Completion %Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina73.00%
Passing YardsChase BriceAppalachian State3,339
Passing Yards Per AttGrayson McCallCoastal Carolina11.9
Passing TDsGrayson McCall, Chase BriceCoastal Carolina27
Passer EfficiencyGrayson McCallCoastal Carolina207.6
Rushing
Rushing AttemptsNate NoelAppalachian State199
Rushing YardageNate NoelAppalachian State1124
Rush Yards Per AttJamyest WilliamsGeorgia State6.7
Rushing TDsCamerun PeoplesAppalachian State14
Receiving
ReceptionsJalen TolbertSouth Alabama82
Receiving YardsJalen TolbertSouth Alabama1,474
Yards Per ReceptionJeff ForemanArkansas State18
Receiving TDsIsaiah LikelyCoastal Carolina12
Total Offense
Yards From ScrimmageJalen TolbertSouth Alabama1,474
Total YardsChase BriceAppalachian State3,491
Total Yards Per PlayGrayson McCallCoastal Carolina9.5
TouchdownsCamerun Peoples, Isaiah LikelyAppalachian State, Coastal Carolina14
TDs Responsible ForGrayson McCallCoastal Carolina31
Kicking
Extra Points MadeChandler StatonAppalachian State57
Field Goals MadeBlake Grupe, Chandler StatonArkansas State, Appalachian State20
Field Goal PctChandler StatonAppalachian State95.30%
Avg. Punt YardsRhys ByrnsLouisiana46.2
Defense
Solo TacklesAntavious LaneGeorgia State61
Total TacklesCarlton MartialTroy126
Tackles for LossD’Marco JacksonAppalachian State20
SacksJosaiah StewartCoastal Carolina13
InterceptionsSteven Jones, Antavious LaneAppalachian State, Georgia State5
Passes DefendedDarrell Luter, Jr., Byquice BrownSouth Alabama, Georgia State10
Fumbles ForcedIssiah NixonTexas State4