Author: Tony Thomas

Tony Thomas has been writing for Gridiron Heroics since August 2022. A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Tony covers college football in general and provides team coverage specifically of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and LSU Tigers. A CFB super fan, Tony has been writing about college football online since 2019.

On Saturday, it’s Southern Miss vs Tulane in the Battle for the Bell in the Big Easy. This game is a continuation of a rivalry that dates back to 1979, the first-ever meeting between the schools. As a result, there have been some great games between the Golden Eagles and the Green Wave over the years. Southern Miss vs Tulane 1997: Southern Miss 34 – Tulane 17, (in Hattiesburg) The ’97 Golden Eagles were the Conference USA champions (6-0). The defense was truly a “Nasty Bunch” of dudes, allowing just 17 points per game. Led by Patrick Surtain, Adalius Thomas,…

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Football in the Sun Belt Conference continues to captivate fans and the national media, with dramatic finishes in week 3. Here is a recap of the performances in the SBC in week 3. Sun Belt Football Week 3 Baylor 42 – Texas State 7 The Bobcats had a rough day against the Bears as they only gained just 268 total yards on the day. A bright spot for Texas State was WR Ashtyn Hawkins, who caught 13 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Coastal Carolina 38 – Buffalo 26 It wasn’t pretty, as Coastal Carolina committed four turnovers. But a…

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In Sun Belt Conference football, there are teams and players to watch in Week 3. On Saturday, they look to pick up where they have left off in the first two weeks. For example, Old Dominion beat Va. Tech in week one. In addition, Appalachian State, Marshall, and Georgia Southern took down #6 Texas A&M on the road, #8 Notre Dame in South Bend, and Nebraska in Lincoln respectively in week two. Sun Belt Conference Football-Players to Watch Week 3 RB Khalan Laborn, Marshall (2-0)-Sun Belt Conference Rushing Leader Laborn is ranked #6 nationally in rushing at 132 yards per…

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On Saturday, it’s the Troy Trojans vs Appalachian State Mountaineers. The Mountaineers have come out on the right side of history with a 7-3 record in the series, including winning the last four meetings. Previewing Troy vs Appalachian State Troy Trojans (1-1) The Troy Offense  The Trojans are ranked 7th nationally in passing offense at 375 yards per game. QB Gunnar Watson is ranked 13th in the FBS at 313 yards passing per game. The Trojans against Alabama A&M last Saturday racked up 522 yards of total offense. Watson completed  23 of 34 passes for 351 yards, 4 TDs, and…

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It was fun in the Sun Belt Conference in Week 2. The SBC continues to show up and show out each week of this young college football season. Week 2 was epic, with two teams ranked in the Top Ten falling to Sun Belt teams. Appalachian State stunned #6 Texas A&M 17-14 on their home field and Marshall took down the #8 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame 26-21. Here is a look back at the fun in the Sun Belt in Week 2 Fun in the Sun Belt Appalachian State (1-1) 17 – #6 Texas A&M 14 The Mountaineers held…

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App. State stunned the #6 Texas A&M Aggies 17-14 on Saturday, leaving the hometown crowd, and the college football world, in disbelief. A black and gold aura hung over the green turf of Kyle Field from the opening kickoff until the final horn sounded. App. State Stuns #6 Texas A&M How Do You Silence the Voices of 100,000 Faithful? You Pound the Rock and Control the Clock It’s no secret to even the casual fan of college football that App. State loves to run the football, between the tackles or otherwise. And run it they did against Texas A&M, to…

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In Week 2, it’s Appalachian State vs #6 Texas A&M. The Sun Belt vs the SEC on Saturday at Kyle Field. The Aggies are coming off a 31-0 shutout of Sam Houston State, while the Mountaineers took the North Carolina Tar Heels down to the wire before losing a heartbreaker 63-61. It will be the first meeting ever between the two schools. Appalachian State vs #6 Texas A&M Appalachian State The Mountaineers gave North Carolina all they could handle last Saturday. The Mountaineers scored 40 points in the 4th quarter to get within two points before coming up short. Both…

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There were some great performances in the SBC last week. Here is a look at the leaders in the Sun Belt Conference in Week One. Sun Belt Conference Leaders-Week One Passing Leaders Kyle Vantrease-Georgia Southern: 29 of 46 (63%) for 367 yards, four touchdowns, and 1 INT in 59-7 win over Morgan State. Vantrease is ranked #8 nationally. Chase Brice-Appalachian State: 25 of 36 (69%) for 361 yards, six touchdowns, and 1 INT in 63-62 loss to North Carolina. Brice is ranked #11 in the FBS. Todd Centerio-James Madison: 21 of 33 (63%) for 287 yards, 6 TDs, and no…

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Southern Miss RB Frank Gore, Jr. rushed for 178 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns in a 29-27 3 OT loss to Liberty. In addition, he also played QB against the Flames on Saturday. He completed 1 of 4 passes for 48 yards and no TDs in the “Super” Back offense. As a result of his rushing efforts against Liberty, Gore is the leading rusher in the Sun Belt Conference after week one. He was named a preseason All-Sunbelt selection by both Phil Steele and Athlon’s. In addition, Gore has also been named to the 2022 Doak Walker Award…

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It’s the nationally ranked Houston Cougars vs the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Week two of college football. And Air Raid sirens will be heard all over Lubbock, TX on Saturday. Houston vs Texas Tech Houston Cougars In a 3 OT thriller, The Cougars played a very talented UTSA team this past Saturday and came out on top 37-35. Cougars QB Clayton Tune scored the winning 2-point conversion as he launched himself toward the goal line, was hit in midair, and helicoptered into the endzone. Tune finished with 206 yards passing and three TDs. In addition, he added a rushing…

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