GameDay preview: Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennessee

Postado Dezembro 17, 2017

They do limp in off a loss to Troy in the season finale, but Arkansas State has several guys that can make plays at the receiver position.

On Saturday, old Sun Belt Conference rivals will meet once again.

Kickoff is set for 7:10 p.m. CT at the Cramton Bowl.

Already up 7-3 on Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee was looking to add on to its lead when Brent Stockstill dropped one into the arms Shane Tucker down to the ASU 5-yard line.

At long last, the college football bowl season is upon us. The site of the game is less than 300 miles from Middle Tennessee State's campus at Murfreesboro, Tenn. Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill said he hopes the game will reignite the fire of the rivalry. They were one of only two teams from the conference to secure a win against a Power Five team when they upset Syracuse 30-23 on September 2. This will be Middle Tennessee's seventh bowl game since Stockstill became coach in 2006, but they've only had one win. Junior quarterback Brent Stockstill, the coach's son, was out with an injury for an extended period (six games), as was wide receiver Richie James and other receivers and several offensive linemen. Brent Beerends/MTSU Athletics MTSU coach Rick Stockstill looks on during his team's game against Old Dominion at Floyd Stadium on November 25, 2017. "What we accomplished this year with everything we've gone through, from who we played to the injury situation to a couple of close losses, I'm just so happy and proud of this team". Stockstill's job this season was made slightly easier due to the three-headed rushing attack that the Blue Raiders possess.

We nearly had one of the wackiest plays of the season late in the first quarter of the Camellia Bowl.

Middle Tennessee: Went 3-1 after QB Brent Stockstill, the school's career passing leader, returned after missing six games with an injury. He has also thrown a Sun Belt-record 34 touchdown passes.

But Hansen has established himself as a prolific mid-major quarterback - 53 touchdown passes in two seasons, with another year to go.

The Red Wolves have been on a roll since Hugh Freeze was head coach for the 2011 season. "We believe in what we're doing here, and the job's not done yet". Arkansas State would be awarded possession on their own one-yard with the official ruling on the play being an interception with the defenders knee touching down after making the play.

A school-record 19 Arkansas State players earned some sort of Sun Belt all-conference recognition, including senior Blaise Taylor as both a first-team defensive back and third-team return specialist.

Boise State used the extra chance to put the game out of reach, slicing 86 yards in 11 plays, punctuated by another 1-yard Wolpin run with 2:22 to play.

This shapes up to be a pretty good game, with two strong offenses ready to roll out, but with the continuity of Justice Hansen at quarterback for the Red Wolves' offense, and Ja'Von Rolland-Jones ready to tee off on defense, Arkansas State has the edge.