Three National Games Plus?

Over the next few months we will learn the television fate of two more, and maybe a third, Arkansas State football games. If all goes well, up to half of A-State’s games could be on national television.

There is very little doubt that the Red Wolves’ season opener at Southern Cal on Sept. 5 and the home opener the following week against Missouri will be grabbed by some television outlet. And when that does the Red Wolves will have almost half of their games on national television.

Not too bad for the Sleepy Little School from Northeast Arkansas.

The schedule was released Friday morning and A-State leads the Sun Belt with three televised games: at South Alabama on Oct. 13 and UL-Lafayette on Oct. 20 in Jonesboro. Those are both Tuesday games. And on Nov. 5 the Red Wolves visit Appalachian State.

It is a normal October for the Red Wolves, who have just 2 Saturday games – Oct. 3 vs Idaho, which is homecoming, and Oct. 31 vs. Georgia State, which is Halloween.

The down side of the TV games impacting the schedule is A-State has 10 days to prepare for G-State but just five for App State, which includes a day of travel to get to Boone, N.C.

While those 3 games are all set for TV the Missouri game on Sept. 12 and the season-opener at Southern Cal are also likely to be on TV. The Sept. 26 game at Toledo is also a possibility.

ESPN does not have to make a decision on Mizzou until June 1 and Toledo until Sept. 14.

It is likely the remaining A-State games could once again be shown on ESPN3.

The games are a flip of last year’s schedule, with teams just changing playing sites. There will be no changes in league games until 2016.

The Red Wolves have five teams on the schedule that played in bowl games last year, which ties for best among the SBC members.

Again, Arkansas State is also the only Sun Belt team has three straight road league games that begin with the trip to Appalachian. On Nov. 14 the Red Wolves travel to UL-Monroe and Sept. 28 to New Mexico State. As a result we have no deer hunting conflicts as there are no November home games.

A-State has the best combo of Power 5 schools with the trip to USC and Missouri coming to Jonesboro. Here are some of the other highlight games for school members – Georgia Southern at West Virginia; ULL at Kentucky, ULM at Georgia and Alabama; Appalachian at Clemson; Idaho at USC; Georgia State at Oregon, South Alabama at Nebraska and San Diego State; Troy at Wisconsin and Mississippi State; Texas State at Houston; NC State at South Alabama; Wyoming at Appalachian State, and New Mexico State at Ole Miss