2018 Arkansas State Red Wolves football team

The 2018 Arkansas State Red Wolves football team represents Arkansas State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Red Wolves play their home games at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and compete in the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference. They are led by fifth-year head coach Blake Anderson.

2018 Arkansas State Red Wolves football
Arkansas State Red Wolves wordmark.svg
Sun Belt West Division co-champion
Arizona Bowl, L 13–16 OT vs. Nevada
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
DivisionWest Division
2018 record8–5 (5–3 Sun Belt)
Head coachBlake Anderson (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorBuster Faulkner (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Cauthen (5th season)
Home stadiumCentennial Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 30,382)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Appalachian State xy$   7 1         11 2  
Troy x   7 1         10 3  
Georgia Southern   6 2         10 3  
Coastal Carolina   2 6         5 7  
Georgia State   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Louisiana xy   5 3         7 7  
Arkansas State x   5 3         8 5  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 4         6 6  
South Alabama   2 6         3 9  
Texas State   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Appalachian State 30, Louisiana 19
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

Previous seasonEdit

The Red Wolves finished the 2017 season 7–5, 6–2 in Sun Belt play to finish in third place. They received a bid to the Camellia Bowl where they lost to Middle Tennessee.

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Maxwell Award[1] Justice Hansen QB SR
Davey O'Brien Award[2] Justice Hansen QB SR
Doak Walker Award[3] Warren Wand RB SR
Jim Thorpe Award[4] Justin Clifton DB SR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[5] Justin Clifton DB SR
Outland Trophy[6] Lanard Bonner OL SR
Ray Guy Award[7] Cody Grace P JR
Wuerffel Trophy[8] Justin Clifton DB SR
Justice Hansen QB SR
Walter Camp Award[9] Justice Hansen QB SR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[10] Justice Hansen QB SR
Manning Award[11] Justice Hansen QB SR

Sun Belt coaches pollEdit

On July 19, 2018, the Sun Belt released their preseason coaches poll with the Red Wolves predicted to finish as champions of the West Division.[12] They were also predicted to win the Sun Belt Championship game.

West Division
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Arkansas State 49 (9)
2 Louisiana–Monroe 37
3 South Alabama 26 (1)
4 Louisiana 25
5 Texas State 13

Preseason All-Sun Belt TeamsEdit

The Red Wolves had nine players selected to the preseason all-Sun Belt teams.[13] Quarterback Justice Hansen was selected as the preseason offensive player of the year.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 p.m.Southeast Missouri State*ESPN+W 48–2120,184
September 82:30 p.m.at No. 1 Alabama*ESPN2L 7–57100,495
September 156:00 p.m.at Tulsa*CBSSNW 29–2017,349
September 226:00 p.m.UNLV*
  • Centennial Bank Stadium
  • Jonesboro, AR
ESPN3W 27–2018,537
September 295:00 p.m.at Georgia SouthernESPN+L 21–2817,320
October 96:00 p.m.Appalachian State
  • Centennial Bank Stadium
  • Jonesboro, AR
ESPN2L 9–3521,421
October 186:30 p.m.Georgia State
  • Centennial Bank Stadium
  • Jonesboro, AR
ESPNUW 51–3518,176
October 276:00 p.m.at LouisianaESPN+L 43–4717,068
November 32:00 p.m.South Alabama 
  • Centennial Bank Stadium
  • Jonesboro, AR
ESPN+W 38–1420,671
November 104:00 p.m.at Coastal CarolinaESPN+W 44–168,141
November 172:00 p.m.Louisiana–Monroe
  • Centennial Bank Stadium
  • Jonesboro, AR
ESPN+W 31–1720,012
November 243:00 p.m.at Texas StateESPN3W 33–710,115
December 2912:15 p.m.vs. Nevada*CBSSNL 13–16 OT32,368
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[14]

Game summariesEdit

Southeast Missouri StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Redhawks 0 14 0 7 21
Red Wolves 7 14 27 0 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–8–1 2003 ARST, 21–3

at AlabamaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 0 0 7 0 7
No. 1 Crimson Tide 19 21 10 7 57
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2008 BAMA, 35–0

at TulsaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 3 10 14 2 29
Golden Hurricane 7 0 3 10 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2003 TULSA, 54–7

UNLVEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 7 0 13 0 20
Red Wolves 6 7 6 8 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1995 UNLV, 28–23

at Georgia SouthernEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 0 3 11 7 21
Eagles 0 7 7 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2017 ARST, 43–25

Appalachian StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mountaineers 0 21 7 7 35
Red Wolves 3 6 0 0 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2015 ARST, 40–27

Georgia StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 14 14 35
Red Wolves 20 14 7 10 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2016 ARST, 31–16

at LouisianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 14 7 7 15 43
Ragin' Cajuns 21 10 3 13 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–24–1 2017 ARST, 47–3

South AlabamaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 7 0 7 14
Red Wolves 0 14 14 10 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–1 2017 SOAL, 24–19

at Coastal CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 14 13 14 3 44
Chanticleers 0 6 7 3 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2017 ARST, 51–17

Louisiana–MonroeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Warhawks 0 7 10 0 17
Red Wolves 7 10 14 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–14 2017 ARST, 67–50

at Texas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Red Wolves 7 0 21 5 33
Bobcats 0 0 7 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2017 ARST, 30–12

vs. Nevada (Arizona Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolf Pack 0
Red Wolves 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 1999 ARST, 44–28

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 Maxwell Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "Davey O'Brien Award Watch List includes 26 players". July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 Doak Walker Award Candidates". July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Names 2018 Preseason Watchlist". July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List". July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "22018 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED". July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ray Guy Award preseason watch list unveiled". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Carbone, Al (July 27, 2018). "Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2018 Player of the Year Preseason "Watch List"". Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Watch List for 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ® Presented by A. O. Smith Announced". August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Manning Award: See which quarterbacks made the preseason watch list for 2018". August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  12. ^ http://sunbeltsports.org/news/2018/7/18/mountaineers-red-wolves-selected-as-division-favorites-in-2018-sun-belt-football-coaches-preseason-poll.aspx
  13. ^ http://www.sunbeltsports.org/news/2018/7/20/sun-belt-announces-2018-preseason-all-conference-football-teams.aspx
  14. ^ "2018 Arkansas State Red Wolves Football Schedule". AStateRedWolves.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.