It's not very often a team finds themselves gaining in the conference race when they have an off weekend, thats just what happened to Hugh Freeze and his Arkansas State football team.
Heading into Saturday's conference action the Red Wolves were one of two undefeated teams, after Saturday games ASU is the only team without a conference lost.
Previous undefeated Louisiana Lafayette traveled to Western Kentucky and found a very fired up and inspired Hilltopper squad. WKU ended a 18 home losing streak and soundly defeated UL-L 42-23.
North Texas hosted and surprised Louisiana Monroe Saturday 38-21 giving the Red Wolves a much more formable opponent that many may have expected.
"There is no easy games in this conference," Freeze said in a recent interview. "In this conference anyone can beat anybody on a given day or night. In the Sun Belt the games always come down to the fourth quarter."
This Arkansas State Football team has the opportunity to do special things this season, something the Red Wolves haven't done in a long time.
A win against North Texas Saturday for the Red Wolves homecoming will make Arkansas State Bowl eligible earlier than ever before since ASU began playing in the FBS with 85 scholarships.
Three out of five of the Red Wolves games are at home, and the two away games are against a winless FAU team in the Miami area and at Middle Tennessee two places Arkansas State has have difficulty winning over recent years.
Freeze made it clear last Friday that his focus and his team's focus is just one game at a time.
"We are going to take one game at a time," Freeze said. "We can't start thinking about other games down the road. If you do that in this conference you will find yourself upset."
Red Wolf fans are already thinking what ifs.
What if they win seven games, something that hasn't happened either since Arkansas State returned to D1 and the FBS division. The same can be said for eight, nine, or ten wins.
Don't let Freeze hear you saying such things.
One thing for sure, this team has the opportunity to do special things, they can't take anyone for granted and that is something that Freeze and his staff will be working hard to avoid beginning today.