So it dawned upon me late one night recently, while idling in the Taco Bell driveway, that I might get a kick out of comparing my favorite Sun Belt football teams to menu items from the always stupendous Taco Bell.
Then I sat down and realized this was a bigger challenge than I expected, so I enlisted the help of Twitter.
Appalachian State University
Cantina Power Bowl
Twitter was an epic chasm of silence when it came to the Mountaineers, so I took hold of this one. Like App State, the Power Bowl is newer to the menu but will quickly become a go-to once you have tried it more than once. Also, there are two types of Power Bowls, just like the number of bowl wins the Mountaineers have over the past two years.
Arkansas State University
Nachos Bell Grande
TAKE IT AWAY, JAY!!!!
Ark St – Nacho Bell Grande
App – triple layer nacho
Troy – cheesy gordita crunch
ULM – mini chk quesadilla
ULL – chipotle chk griller
— Jay Bir (@TheJayBir) September 20, 2017
No context from Jay, but it’s a true fact. This menu item doesn’t get a whole lot of attention, but it’s a solid classic that you wind up ordering well over half the time that you go there.
Coastal Carolina University
The New Booze Menu
Coastal has got to be one of the new alcoholic menus items because nobody knows anything about it yet.
— Kara Richey (@Kara_Richey) September 20, 2017
Georgia Southern University
Double Decker Taco
Kara quickly chimed in again with a disturbingly accurate description of the Eagles’ menu item.
“Ga So is definitely a double-decker taco – a twist on a classic, just like the option offense… Also for some strange reason not as good as when first introduced.”. We could not have said it better.
Georgia State University
Fiesta Taco Salad
Fortunately for this one, a rival came over the top rope at the last second with an excellent suggestion.
Georgia State is he Fiesta Taco Salad. It’s too expensive and no one wants it. ULM is a cheesy rollup because it’s the cheapest thing there
— TRUE BLUE DREW (@GSUtruebluedrew) September 21, 2017
Seriously!! $5.75 after tax for taco ingredients loosely piled inside a taco shaped bowl rather than sequentially layered inside a different shae of taco? Get the hell out of here.
New Mexico State University
Like NMSU, they are a newer item to the menu that will be gone in a year. Plus you can’t go wrong when an Aggie himself approves of this choice.
Cinnabons are my fav! ??
— Terrill Hanks (@elev8yourgame) September 20, 2017
University of Idaho
Potato-Rito for Idaho. It’s only around for a few more months and it’s got Potatoes. Easy
— Statistically (@statistically) September 20, 2017
Nothing says potatoes and limitations like Idaho.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Verde sauce packet/soda theft
This was our one source of competition, but I thought both comparisons were apt in their own way, so I’ll include them both
#ULL is the green sauce packet. No one likes it but they keep it around for some reason.
— Cal Chastain (@calchastain) September 20, 2017
We have to admit ULL has been pretty mild the last few years and they have a chili pepper as a mascot. It just makes sense
ULL is a water cup clandestinely filled with stolen Sprite
— Hally Beezy (@HallyBeezy) September 20, 2017
I’ll just let that one speak for itself.
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Again, let’s be honest about ULM. The Warhawks have been a little more chicken than a Bird of Prey.
University of South Alabama
Regular Crunchy Taco
Tried and true. Like the taco is to Taco Bell, the Jags have been there since the beginning. South Alabama is the only continuous member since the beginning of the Sun Belt Conference. And like the taco, they are never the worst thing on the menu, but never the best either.
Texas State University
I had to tackle this one, and it took me a minute, but I figured this one out.
Honestly, did you even know it was on the menu? Is it on the menu? I know it was at some point, but I can’t seem to remember if it exists.
Shredded Chicken Burrito
Last, but not least, another of our most accurate descriptives from Matt Monte:
Troy is a shredded chicken burrito. It’s there on the menu and people say it’s pretty good, but who really knows?
— Matthew Monte (@MatthewMonte) September 20, 2017