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The pre-season poll places Arkansas State in third, which will certainly rub a few people the wrong way. The pre-season poll isn't a final victory lap for the prior year's champ and there are some key question marks for stAte and the schedule doesn't fall in the most ideal manner.
For example the Red Wolves face Troy on the Thursday after the Auburn game. ASU has a short week after what will be an emotional game, Troy comes in after a laugher against Savannah State. The two teams traded blows last year so it presents a real chance to slip up. Arkansas State plays two of the top three other contenders on the road.
I have no disappointment with the All-Conference selections. Placing as many as stAte did is a sign of respect.
My disappointment is television.
We knew going in we would have the ESPNU appearance, and an appearance on ESPN2. Television for the games at Auburn and Missouri were a given.
The disappointment is that as of right now, only Texas State at ASU is set for "real" TV. UAPB is on ESPN3.com and it would seem likely that ASU at Memphis will end up on ESPN3.com based on what we've seen of the American's TV package so far. There is currently no broadcast set for Arkansas State at ULM, a game that pits pre-season #3 vs. a co-first place pick. Likewise, where is the telecast of Arkansas State at Western Kentucky, a game that might well have title implications and pits former Hog coach Bobby Petrino against a team from Arkansas.
Only one Sun Belt Network pick is a real disappointment. Hopefully one of the ESPN family of stations or the Sun Belt Network will add games later in the year.