Thanks to the Golden Panthers' 12-4 victory over FAU Thursday, and Middle Tennessee State's 5-1 loss to Western Kentucky, FIU has moved into a tie with the Blue Raiders for third place on the conference. Both teams are 2 games behind the conference-leading Owls and 1.5 behind Louisiana-Lafayette, which was rained out Thursday.
FIU still doesn't have control of its own conference championship destiny, but now only ULL stands in the way if the GP sweep FAU. Just four games stand between first and eighth place in the ultra-competitive SBC.
More from Mike Brown of FAU:
However, though currently lower in the standings than MTSU, FIU is still in the running for the regular season championship, and there is no combination of event under with MTSU can will the regular season championship.
At this point, only FAU controls its destiny, as ULL would need assistance from FIU, and FIU would need ULM to take at least 2 from ULL.
The current tie for the 6th spot is decided by ASU, Troy, and WKU records amongst one another, with Troy winning at 4-2, ASU at 3-3, and WKU at 2-4.
It is possible for 4 teams to finish at 19-11. In such a circumstance, the Sun Belt tie-breaker is no longer straight head-to-head, but rather start with all the teams involved in a 3-way or greater ties in composite records with all other teams involved in the tie. A tie for 1st assumes an FIU sweep of FAU, with both of those teams being involved in the tie.
Whether a 4-way or any combination of 3-way tie for 1st with 19 wins, FIU would finish in 1st. FAU would finish 4th in a 4-way tie, and 3rd in any 3-way tie.