JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – The Sun Belt Conference announced Friday the 2016 conference opponents for each football program in the league, and the Red Wolves' defense of their 2015 conference championship will include home outings against South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State and Georgia Southern.
The Red Wolves are set to play Troy, Texas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Georgia State on the road, while they won't face Idaho and Appalachian State. The complete 2016 Sun Belt schedule that includes official dates is expected to be announced March 1.
Arkansas State has won 33 of its last 39 Sun Belt games (.846 winning percentage), running its all-time record in the conference to 66-42. With the exception of Georgia Southern, which A-State has never played as an SBC opponent, the Red Wolves have defeated every team that has ever been a member of the conference since the football league was formed in 2001.
A-State won the 2015 Sun Belt title with an unblemished 8-0 record, giving it the league title for the fourth time over the last five seasons with a 33-6 conference record over that span. The Red Wolves also won the league championship 2011-13, including outright titles in 2011 and 2012.
Arkansas State is one of just two programs in SBC history with three (2015, 2011-12) outright titles, along with North Texas (2002-04). A-State is one of just three programs to ever win at least four total Sun Belt Conference championships, joining North Texas (4) and Troy (5).
The only FBS program in the nation to win four league championships over the last five seasons, Arkansas State will enter the 2016 season with a nine-game conference winning streak that is tied for the third longest in the nation.
ARKANSAS STATE'S 2016 SUN BELT CONFERENCE OPPONENTS:
Home: South Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, Georgia Southern