ASU-Troy showdown comes early this year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Last season's finale is this year's conference opener for the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

It's still plenty important.

Arkansas State hosts Troy on Saturday in Jonesboro in a rematch of the game that determined who went to last season's New Orleans Bowl. The teams played in December with the Sun Belt Conference title in the balance, and Troy beat the Red Wolves 35-9.

Troy and Arkansas State were picked 1-2 in the Sun Belt's preseason coaches poll this year.

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