How the Sun Belt Conference landed 3 huge upsets — and what comes next

Just look at what the Sun Belt left in its wake following a fantastic football weekend.

The coach at Nebraska was fired after the Cornhuskers fell to Georgia Southern.

Notre Dame was booted from the Top 25 after the Irish were shocked by Marshall.

Jimbo Fisher issued a painful mea culpa at Texas A&M after Appalachian State took down the Aggies.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of the Sun Belt has been having a grand time.

If you thought the internet was on fire Saturday trying to keep up with all the Sun Belt upsets, you should have seen Keith Gill.

There he was, driving up Interstate 35 in Texas trying to find Appalachian State-Texas A&M on his car radio, and listening to play-by-play from Marshall-Notre Dame on his phone.

There he was, munching on late dinner in a restaurant parking lot while trying to watch Georgia Southern finish off Nebraska on his phone.

There he was, racing back to his hotel room to try to put the amazing day in some perspective.

"It’s incredible when you think about it," he was saying Monday. "When I got back to my hotel and I’m watching 'College Football Final' on ESPN, they led with the Sun Belt. That’s our logo on there."

Three college football heavyweights were knocked out by Sun Belt teams they had never played before, in front of a combined live audience of 257,008 mostly-stunned partisans. The entire sport rattled.

"When you think about the games, those games were nationally broadcast against traditional powers," Gill said.

"For us, it confirms what we already know; that we can play with anyone. I think it also validates the work of our CEOs and ADs in terms of how they have invested in their programs and the coaches and players who actually do all that work on the field.

Those are life-changing moments for them."

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