The Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-4) are looking to become bowl eligible for the third straight season. They’ll get their first chance to do so at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday. The Red Wolves will welcome the Texas State Bobcats (6-3) to the friendly confines of Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark. and will air on CSS.
Arkansas State is led by quarterback Adam Kennedy, who was named as the Sun Belt Player of the Week on Monday. Kennedy has completed 68.4 percent of his pass attempts, and thrown for 2,034 yards and eight touchdowns. Kennedy’s top targets are J.D. McKissic and Julian Jones, who have combined for 1,066 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
The Red Wolves have a great running game, which is now being anchored by Michael Gordon, following David Oku’s suspension for violating team rules. Gordon averages seven yards per carry and ran for three touchdowns last week against UL- Monroe.
The Texas State defense ranks in the top-50 in the nation in many different categories, and will be a tough matchup for the Red Wolves offense. The Bobcats defense gives up an average of 23.3 points per game (41st nationally) and 105.22 rushing yards per game (11th nationally).
The Bobcats defense features four players who have recorded at least 50 tackles through the season. The most impressive body of work belongs to Damion McMiller, who leads Texas State with 70 tackles.
Texas State has been able to get to the quarterback in 2013. The Bobcats have 14 sacks, 3.5 of which belong to Michael Orakpu, who also leads the team with nine tackles for loss.
Linebacker David Mayo and safety Justin Iwuji each have three interceptions, leading the Bobcats.
The Arkansas State defense has been around league average all season. They are currently ranked 59th in points allowed per game (25.8 points per game). They may have the advantage over the Texas State offense, however.
The Bobcats have a good running game that is led by sophomore back Robert Low. The problem has been the abysmal passing offense. They rank 115th in their passing game 149.6 yards per game.
Arkansas State Game Notes
- Senior linebacker Qushaun Lee has recorded a team‐high 90 tackles, which is also ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference.
- Arkansas State hasn’t lost in November since the 2011 season with an 8‐0 record over that span.
- Senior kicker Brian Davis has been named one of 20 semiﬁnalists for the Lou Groza Award.
Texas State Game Notes
- Robert Lowe leads the Bobcats and ranks second among Sun Belt Conference rushing leaders with 769 yards and nine touchdowns on 129 carries.
- The Bobcats defense is best in the Sun Belt and 11th nationally in rushing defense.
- Texas State is averaging 66.6 penalty yards per game this season, which is among the most in the FBS.