Arkansas State vs North Texas Preview

North Texas and Arkansas State both have first year head football coaches leading their teams. As far as similarities between the two team teams really stop there. North Texas makes the trip from Denton to Jonesboro for the Eagles to take on undefeated Arkansas State team in a Sun Belt Conference matchup.

North Texas and Arkansas State both have first year head football coaches leading their teams.

As far as similarities between the two team teams really stop there.

North Texas makes the trip from Denton to Jonesboro for the Eagles to take on undefeated Arkansas State team in a Sun Belt Conference matchup.

Hugh Freeze has directed his Red Wolves team to a 5-2, 3-0 team while Dan Carney has led North Texas to a 3-5 record with the Mean Green winning two out of their last three games.

Arkansas State will host North Texas today for the Red Wolves Homecoming, they are trying to win their fifth straight win.

North Texas will depend on running back Lance Dunbar to lead his team to an upset victory over the home team.

The visiting team is coming off an impressive 38-21 home win over Louisiana Monroe while Arkansas State is off to their best start in several years. The Red Wolves last game was an impressive home win over defending Sun Belt Champion Florida International.

Keys to the Game

Dave Wommack's defense hasn't allowed a 100 yard rusher all year long, that streak needs to continue against Dunbar.

Wommack's defense has to guard against the big plays that has plagued them at times this season.

Ryan Aplin needs to have one of his better ball games both on the ground and through the air. He must, MUST, protect the football and that includes interceptions.

The Red Wolves need to establish a running game that doesn't completely consist of Ryan Aplin. Frankie Jackson needs a big game today as well as Sirgregory Thornton and Derek Lawson.

The Red Wolves need to get off to a good start against North Texas. Arkansas State is a good second half team, if ASU can be even or close at the half you have to like the home team chances.

What Arkansas State can't afford

This team can't overlook North Texas, this is an improved ball club, playing good football right now.

Arkansas State can't afford to turn the ball over.

The Red Wolves can't worry about getting bowl eligible, this won't be a problem with a Hugh Freeze team. This team won't be satisfied with six wins anyway.

Look for Arkansas State to win this one 28-17.