Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-3) vs. Idaho Vandals (1-5)
Liberty Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, Saturday (Oct. 12), 6 p.m.
Arkansas State will play its final non-conference game of the regular season Saturday when it hosts Idaho in its 2013 Homecoming game. The game is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Liberty Bank Stadium and will be televised by ESPN3.com. Every A-State game can be heard live on 107.9 FM in the Jonesboro area as part of the EAB Red Wolves Sports Radio Network, and the live radio broadcast can be accessed through the A-State athletics Web site (AStateRedWolves.com).
THE PRINCIPALS: A-State will play its third consecutive non-conference game Saturday and will carry a 2-3 overall record into the contest after dropping its last two games on the road at Memphis and Missouri. The Red Wolves are 2-0 at home this season and have won their last five games at Liberty Bank Stadium. Idaho, looking for its first road win of the year, will bring a 1-5 record into the game after falling to No. 21/22 Fresno State last week at home. Idaho picked up a 26-24 win over Temple on Sept. 28 for its lone victory, but also played No .23 Northern Illinois to within 10 points (45-35) on Sept. 14 at the Kibbie Dome.
STARTING STRONG: With the Red Wolves victory over UAPB, Bryan Harsin became the Red Wolves first head coach to win his inaugural game at the school since Larry Lacewell in 1979. ASU’s previous seven head coaches all suffered setbacks in their first game, including Al Kincaid, Ray Perkins, John Bobo, Joe Hollis, Steve Roberts, Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn.
THE ARKANSAS STATE - IDAHO SERIES: Arkansas State holds an all-time 4-4 record against Idaho, including four meetings as Sun Belt Conference opponents (2001-04) and two as Big West Conference foes (1999-2000). The series dates back to 1975 when A-State claimed a 23-6 home victory on its way to an unblemished 11-0 record, but the two teams haven’t played since Idaho’s last season in the Sun Belt in 2004. The Vandals are set to rejoin the Sun Belt Conference next season. Idaho picked up a 45-31 home victory in the 2004 contest, but Arkansas State won the previous three contests. A-State holds a 3-2 home record against the Vandals and a 1-2 road mark.
A-STATE vs. INDEPENDENTS: Since the formation of Division I-A (FBS), Arkansas State has played 12 opponents while they were an NCAA FBS Independent. A-State holds an all-time 11—35-3 record in those games played against Akron, UAB, Army, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Navy, Northern Illinois, Richmond and Southern Miss. The last time the Red Wolves played an Independent was 2010 when it suffered a 35-19 setback at Navy. A-State’s last victory against an Independent came in 2006 when it defeated Army at home, 14-6.
99th SEASON UNDER WAY: Arkansas State kicked off its 99th season of football Aug. 31, 2013, vs. UAPB. A-State now holds a 428-460-37 record since its inaugural 1911 season and has played in nine bowl games. ASU did not field a football team from 1942-44 due to World War II. Arkansas State also didn’t have a team in 1918 as World War I was ending.
AN A-STATE VICTORY WOULD …: Make the Red Wolves 3-3 through six games for the second consecutive year … Give the Red Wolves two non-conference victories for the third straight season … Give it six consecutive victories at Liberty Bank Stadium and secure at least a .500 home record … Make the Red Wolves 5-4 all-time versus Idaho … Extend its winning streak in the month of October to nine games … Give it three consecutive Homecoming victories and improve its record to 10-1 in such games over the last 11 seasons.
HOME SWEET HOME: With a 5-1 home mark last season, Arkansas State secured its eighth consecutive winning record at Liberty Bank Stadium dating back to 2005. ASU is now 38-8 at Liberty Bank Stadium since the 2005 season and has won 13 of its last 14 home games. The Red Wolves actual on-field record all-time at Liberty Bank Stadium is 130-71-1 since it opened in 1974. ASU’s six home wins in 2011 were its most since 1985.
RED WOLVES OCTOBER: Arkansas State is undefeated in October over the last two seasons with a 7-0 record over that span and has won its last eight games in the month dating back to the 2010 season. A-State’s first outing in October last year began a 7-game winning streak to close out its regular season. The Red Wolves’ first game in October of 2011 was its second outing in a string of nine straight wins to end the regular season.
COMING OFF THE OPEN WEEK: Arkansas State is coming off the first of two open weeks this season, with the other being prior to the Oct. 22 game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Since joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2001, the Red Wolves hold a 9-6 record in games played after an open week. A-State has won eight of its last nine games played following an open week.
HOMECOMING HISTORY: Arkansas State is 57-27-1 all-time in Homecoming contests. The Red Wolves have won nine of their last 10 Homecoming games dating back to the 2003 season. A-State had a seven-game winning streak on its Homecoming snapped in 2010 with a 34-24 setback to Louisville, but knocked off North Texas 37-14 in 2011 and South Alabama 36-29 last year.