A-State Football holds Monday practice at Centennial Bank Stadium

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State football team was back on the Centennial Bank Stadium field Monday at 11:15 a.m. for its third GoDaddy Bowl practice in as many days since returning from Christmas break.

"We took off the pads today after a good physical practice yesterday, and the energy was very good," said A-State interim head coach John Thompson.  "We can really see some things that are starting to come together on both sides of the ball where our guys are understanding the Ball State offense and defense. I thought this was maybe our best practice so far."

The Sun Belt Conference champion Red Wolves will make their third consecutive appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl, facing a 10‐win Ball State team from the Mid‐American Conference in an ESPN‐televised game at 8 p.m. on Jan. 5 at Mobile, Ala.'s Ladd‐Peebles Stadium.

Arkansas State, winners in four of its last five regular-season games, will carry a 7‐5 overall record into the contest, including a 5‐2 league record that gave it a share of the Sun Belt Conference title with Louisiana‐Lafayette.

The Red Wolves have won three consecutive Sun Belt championships and hold a 1‐1 record in the last two GoDaddy Bowl games, including a 17-13 victory over then-ranked No. 25 Kent State in 2013.

This year's game will mark the third consecutive year A‐State has played an opponent that won at least 10 regular‐season games, facing a Ball State squad that holds a 10‐2 record and finished runner‐up in the MAC's West Division with a 7‐1 league mark.

A-State will practice in Jonesboro again tomorrow at 11:15 a.m., and the team will depart from Centennial Bank Stadium for Mobile on Jan. 1 at noon.

Bowl tickets are only $45 per ticket when purchased through the A-State Ticket Office.  Fans can go to AStateRedWolves.com and click on 'Bowl Game Central' (astateredwolves.com/bowlgame) to order tickets.

The A-State Ticket Office will also be selling tickets at A-State's team hotel, the Renaissance Riverview Plaza, Jan. 3 from 1-5 p.m. and Jan. 4 between 2-6:30 p.m.