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That bodes well for Arkansas State.
Just like the past two seasons, the Red Wolves are not the pick to win the SBC title. This year, that honor goes to the two Louisiana schools – UL-Lafayette and UL-Monroe.
ASU is picked third in the early poll.
ULM and ULL with 57 points each were at the top of the poll of the league's eight head coaches. The Cajuns had four first place votes and ULM was second.
The Red Wolves, who have won the past two league titles, garnered two first-place votes and were third in the poll with 45 points, just ahead of Western Kentucky (44).
The rest of the poll is Troy fifth (35), Texas State (23), South Alabama (19) and Georgia State (8).
The Red Wolves led the way with seven players on the All-conference team.
Senior running back David Oku, sophomore wide receiver J.D. McKissic and sophomore center Bryce Giddens were named to the team. McKissic, 103 receptions last year, and Oku, 1,061 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, Giddens started 12 games and is nominated for the Remington Award for the nation's top centers.
Senior defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers, a nominated for the Bednarik and Outland Awards, junior linebacker Qushaun Lee (100 tackles) and junior safety Sterling Young, two interceptions, were named on the defensive unit.
Senior kicker Brian Davis, 17 of 21 field goal, was also on the unit.
ULM quarterback Kolton Browing and WKU linebacker Andrew Jackson were named the preseason players of the year.
The league also announced its television schedule for this season.
Here are the games concerning the Red Wolves:
ASU v. UAPB, 6 p.m., Aug. 31, ESPN3; ASU v. Troy, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 12, ESPNU; ASU v. ULL, 6 p.m., Oct. 22, ESPN2 and ASU v. Texas State, Nov. 16, Sun Belt Network.
The Red Wolves games with Auburn (Sept. 7) and Missouri (Sept. 28) will also be televised per the Southeastern Conference's agreement with ESPN.
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