The Red Wolves are trying to stave off the first five-game losing streak (dating back to the New Orleans Bowl) since losing the final two games of 2003 and the first three of 2004. AState hasn't dropped four consecutive in a season since 2009. UCA will be aiming to be the first FCS school to defeat AState since Nichols State in 2001.
UCA leads the all-time series with AState 10-12-2 but the Bears haven't defeated AState since 1937.
The Bears are 2-1 and 2-0 in the Southland Conference. Saturday will be the first road game of the season for UCA.
UCA is averaging two rushing plays for every passing play and is averaging 498 yards of offense per game with 247 on the ground and 251 through the air. The Bears are -3 in turnovers on the season. UCA has been flagged 20 times on the year, and an average of about 7 per game. The Bears are 2 of 5 on field goal attempts but average just under 41 yards net punting.
Bears head coach Steve Campbell and AState's Blake Anderson worked together at Middle Tennessee in 2002. Campbell serving as offensive line coach and Anderson as receivers coach, they both had offensive coordinator positions at MTSU,
Weather forecast for Saturday is for a high of 93 and a low of 70.
Saturday's game will be telecast on ESPN3.