The eyes of Arkansas State will be on Texas this weekend.
There are three major events taking place that could have a major effect on the future of Red Wolves’ athletics: Texas State football game and TCU basketball games on Saturday and the Blake Anderson (maybe) interview tour this weekend.
Anderson has a hand in two of those, first the football game where the Red Wolves can wrap up a share of the Sun Belt title, the fifth in the last sixth seasons.
There are also claims from some media outlets that on Anderson’s agenda is an interview for the vacant head coaching job for the Baylor Bears, where the Red Wolves coach played from 1987-89. He grew up in Hubbard, about 35 miles from Waco. Anderson left Baylor and played two years at Sam Houston.
He has made several coaching stops in Texas, but none at Baylor. A-State is his first head coaching job and he has a 22-15 (19-4 in conference) recording heading into the weekend.
Speaking of the weekend, the Red Wolves are set for their seventh national TV appearance of the season, a school record. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m on ESPN2. but there is a strong chance of thunderstorms in the San Marco area.
A-State, coming off a 24-19 loss at ULL last weekend, is a big favorite over the 2-9 Bobcats, who are in their first year under head coach Everett Withers.
Perhaps the national TV audience and a down-trodden Bobcats team provides a perfect platform for Anderson to impress the folks in Waco, a little more than 2 hours north of the game site.
Meanwhile in Fort Worth, the resurgent 7-1 A-State basketball team has its toughest test on the season at 7-0 TCU. The Horned Frogs are not ranked in any polls but are easily Top 20 in any RPI ranking you can find.
The Frogs are coach by former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon are were picked 10th (last) in the Big 12 preseason poll but have recorded a pair of victories over Washington and at UNLV.
Game time is 7 p.m. in Cowtown. There is no television.