Looking Back on the First Half

Let's take a look back at the first half of the season. Record: 3-3 overall, 1-0 in Sun Belt Conference.

Up next: Tuesday night, UL-Lafayette, 7 p.m.,
Liberty Bank Stadium. ESPN2.
Last game: Arkansas State 48, Idaho

Highlights: In the season opener, the Red Wolves hammered undermanned Arkansas-Pine Bluff 62-11 and on a Thursday night at home outscored Troy 41-34. In the loss at Missouri, the Red Wolves had a season-high 318 yards passing.

Lowlights: Memphis. Enough said.

Against the SEC: A-State put up decent showings against Auburn and Missouri. The contest with Missouri, which ASU led in the third quarter, was promising before fading in the third quarter. (Fact: A-State is the only team to lead Mizzou in the second half.)

What the coach says:
Bryan Harsin: "I feel good that we understand what we're trying to accomplish on the offensive side and what the expectations and the goals are and the standards that we've set. Do I think the execution is perfect? No. We change things up week to week and we add a little bit of wrinkles in there, so that's going to happen. But our base stuff, our DNA, I think we're executing it well."

Who saw this coming?
Before the season ASU fans thought there might be a chance to get an Southeastern Conference scalp with games at Auburn and at Missouri. That duo is now 15-1 on the season and if both win out will play for the SEC championship.

The really good
ASU is second in total offense (479.9 ypg) in the conference and third in scoring offense (31 ppg). The Red Wolves are first in field goals (9/9) and second in third-down conversion (47.9 percent and second in QB sacks (12), and first in kickoff returns (28.8 ypg) and second in red zone offense (88.5 percent).

The pretty good.
The Red Wolves are fourth in scoring defense (29.8 ppg) and sixth in total defense (440.2 ypg). ASU is plus 3 on turnover margin.

The not so good.
ASU ranks last in the Sun Belt and No. 107 among 123 Division I FBS teams in sacks allowed. The Red Wolves have given up 18 sacks for an average of three sacks a game. ASU is also last in fourth-down conversion (0/9) and sixth in penalties (61.3 ypg).

"I'm not satisfied with the offensive line yet, and that would go for about every category on the field," said Harsin. "But for those guys in particular, I think we've run the ball well behind them. I think we've gotten some good double teams. To me, it's not a disappointment, it's a consistency with five guys. We need to be more consistent, more consistent in the pass game."

What's left
Nov. 2 at South Alabama (3-3 overall, 1-1 in SBC)
Nov. 9 at UL-Monroe (3-4, 1-1).
Nov. 16 Texas State (4-3, 1-2).
Nov. 23 Georgia State (0-7. 0-2).
Nov. 30 at Western Kentucky (4-3, 1-2).