GAME 12: Arkansas State (8-3, 6-1) hosts Middle Tennessee (8-3, 6-1)
December 1, 2012 l Liberty Bank Stadium
Jonesboro, Ark. l 2:00 p.m.
Radio: EAB Sports Radio Network (107.9 FM, flagship)
LIVE STATS: AStateRedWolves.com, TapStats
ON TAP: Arkansas State will carry a six-game winning streak into its regular-season finale Saturday at Liberty Bank Stadium against Middle Tennessee. Both the Red Wolves and Blue Raiders are receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll, and the ESPN3.com-televised game will determine the 2012 Sun Belt Conference champion. Every ASU game can be heard live on 107.9 FM in the Jonesboro area with the live radio broadcast accessible through the Arkansas State athletics Web site (AStateRedWolves.com).
BY THE NUMBERS . . .
THE PRINCIPALS: Winners in seven of its last eight games, including the last six in a row, A-State moved its overall record to 8-3 and Sun Belt Conference mark to 6-1 with a 41-34 road victory over Troy its last time out. Middle Tennessee is on a four-game winning streak, most recently defeating Troy 24-21 last week in its home finale to improve its overall record to 8-3 and Sun Belt mark to 6-1 as well. Saturday's winner will be the outright 2012 Sun Belt Conference champion. ASU carries a 4-1 home record into the contest, while the Blue Raiders are 5-1 on the road.
THE ASU-MIDDLE TENNESSEE SERIES: While Arkansas State is 4-9 all-time versus Middle Tennessee, the Red Wolves have won the last two meetings. ASU claimed a 45-19 road win last season and a 51-24 home victory in 2011, while the Blue Raiders last win in the series came 38-14 in Murfreesboro in 2009. Middle Tennessee won the first two games in the series in 1948 and 1949, and the two teams did not meet again until 2001 as Sun Belt foes.
SENIOR DAY: The Red Wolves will hold their annual Senior Day this Saturday, recognizing their senior class for their contributions to Arkansas State University and the football program. This year's 21 seniors are Ryan Aplin, Kevin Galindo, Nathan Herrold, Tausean Holmes, Shervarius Jackson, Josh Jarboe, Don Jones, Anthony Kincy, Cole Lorigan, Zack McKnight, Kedric Murry, Nick Nelms, Cody Prater, Chaz Scales, Andre Smith, Tim Starson, Taylor Stockemer, Neely Sullivent, Jonathan Victorian, Ryan Wilbourn and Ronnell Wright.
BACK IN BLACK: A-State will have a "Back in Black" promotion in place for Saturday's game, encouraging fans to wear black to the game in support of the Red Wolves as they compete for their second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship.
AN A-STATE VICTORY WOULD . . . : Extend ASU's overall and Sun Belt Conference winning streak to seven games, its second longest since 1986 . . . Make the Red Wolves back-to-back conference champions for the first time since 1985-86 . . . Give it 19 victories since 2011 for its most over a two-year span in school history . . . Give ASU nine or more victories for the seventh time in school history . . . Give it seven Sun Belt wins for the second time ever (8 in 2011) . . . Make the Red Wolves 11-1 over their last 12 home games and give them three consecutive wins at Liberty Bank Stadium.