Montana St Appalachian St Football

Appalachian State's Henry Barnes (20) and Bobo Beathard (81) force Montana kick returner Chase Naccarato (5) to fumble during the first quarter of their game Sept. 8, 2012, in Boone, N.C.

Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, two of the most storied programs in the Football Championship Subdivision, are moving up.

According to reports from the AP and ESPN, the schools have decided to leave the Southern Conference to join the Sun Belt Conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2015.

The report states that ASU and GSU will not be eligible for the FCS playoffs in 2013. After completing the transition to the FBS, the teams will be eligible for Sun Belt championships and bowl games beginning in 2015.

Both schools are expected to join the Sun Belt in all other sports in 2014. An official announcement is expected this week.

The reported addition of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern will boost the Sun Belt to 10 football teams, including Arkansas State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama, Texas State, Troy and Western Kentucky.

The league will also have 12 members for basketball, including Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas-Arlington.

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Since 2000, Appalachian State has been one of the most dominant FCS teams, posting a 127-44 record in that span.

The Mountaineers won three consecutive national championships from 2005-07, and pulled off what is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in college football history when they beat Michigan 34-32 on Sept. 1, 2007 at Michigan Stadium.

ASU will play the Montana Grizzlies on Aug. 31 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.

Georgia Southern has won more FCS championships than any school (6), and has been to the title game eight times.

Utilizing a dynamic triple-option offense, the Eagles have gone 31-12 in the past three seasons, and have won back-to-back Southern Conference championships.

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