From the Sun Belt Conference
Arkansas State Takes Lead in Tight Sun Belt Race
Arkansas State catapulted themselves to sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt standings after defeating Louisiana-Monroe 45-23 last Thursday. ULM had been part of a three-way tie for first place along with ASU and Middle Tennessee.
ASU will now have to travel to Troy, a team which is coming off a win over Navy and is thirsty for its sixth win of the season that would give the Trojans bowl eligible status. The following ASU will face-off with Middle Tennessee.
The Blue Raiders were idle this past week and have three games remaining on the schedule. The Blue Raiders head to Mobile to face South Alabama as they try to keep Sun Belt Championship hopes alive.
While both Louisiana-Lafayette and Western Kentucky are coming off of losses, this Saturday's game between the Hilltoppers and Cajuns still has major implications. The Cajuns, who almost came away with an upset against #7 Florida on Saturday, will be looking to get their all-important sixth win of the season. The Hilltoppers will be trying to reposition themselves in the Sun Belt standings as they try for win number seven on the season.
Louisiana-Monroe will look to get back into the win column against North Texas. The Warhawks are among four Sun Belt teams that are already bowl eligible.
* Arkansas State 45, Louisiana-Monroe 23(ESPNU) - 6 p.m.
* Arkansas State at Troy (Troy IMG Sports Network) - 2:30 p.m.
Arkansas State Red Wolves
ASU has secured its second straight winning season. The last time it posted back-to-back winning seasons was 1986-87.
A-State has guaranteed it's a home winning record for the eighth consecutive season.
A-State has secured a winning Sun Belt record for the fifth time since the league's inaugural football season in 2001.
With its victory over ULM, A-State improved to 3-0 this year in midweek games and to 10-3 in midweek games since 2001.
ASU has won 10 of its last 11 home games.
ASU claimed its third straight victory against ULM and now has 20 all-time victories versus the Warhawks, its most ever against an SBC opponent.
ASU has won 13 of its last 14 conference games dating back to the 2011 campaign.
Behind only its 10 wins last year, A-State's seven victories are its second most ever since joining the FB in 1992.
The attendance of 30,243 for the ASU-ULM game made it the second largest crowd in ASU history for a home game.
Including last game, the ASU offense has recorded over 500 yards total offense in five contests this season.
Taylor Stockemer recorded his 15th career touchdown reception, tying the most in school history.
Senior LB Nathan Herrold needs 11 more tackles to become the first ASU player with 100 or more in a season since Koby McKinnon in 2007.
Sophomore safety Sterling Young recorded a career-high 13 tackles last game against ULM.