What is the definition of a trap game in football.
According to the internet a trap game is when a team is hot and is on a streak and has a lot to play for. That team plays an opponent with a worse record at their home field that may have something emotional to play for.
The hot team also has a big game looming in the future.
Arkansas State University football team has won five games in a row. The Red Wolves are undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference and are the only undefeated team in the league.
They travel to Florida Atlantic University on Saturday to take on a winless Owls team for their homecoming.
Their legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger retires at the end of this season and this will be his last homecoming with the team he built from scratch.
To make matters worse the Owls are coming off an off week, having two weeks to prepare for the Red Wolves.
Oh did I mention Arkansas State has never won at Boca Raton against FAU.
For the looming important game for Arkansas State, the Red Wolves host Louisiana Lafayette next weekend for most likely the conference championship.
This is the poster child for trap games.
First year head coach Hugh Freeze isn't thinking about next week, he is only focused on figuring out a way to beat FAU.
"They are by far the best 0-7 team I have ever seen," Freeze said this week. "They have some tremendous athletes and they are most definitely capable to beat you if you don't play well."
Freeze has been teaching his team all season life lessons, one of those is that there are two things that can be your enemy or your friend.
"Success can be your enemy, and adversity, they can also be your friend," Freeze explained. "Enemy is within our own locker room. Your own worst enemy can be attitudes, being over confident, resting on what we have done before, not working hard to win the day."
Freeze isn't sure how to keep this game from becoming a trap game, but is working hard to overcome it.
"Keep the energy high in practice," Freeze said. "Hopefully they will be mature enough to realize how important this game is to us. There is enough factors in this game to be a trap game, us going on a trip to Florida to play at a place where we haven't had a lot of success, to face a hungry team that has enough talent to beat you."
A win Saturday would give Arkansas State their best start since 1986, Freeze wants his team to remember how they have gotten to this point.
"We have to remember what has gotten us this far," Freeze said. "That's hard work, hunger to be a winning ball club, a team that wants to be special here. We still have work to do. There is no more important ball game than the one in front of us, that's how we have played all year and we won't change just because we are 6-2."