2017 Football Preview – Sun Belt – Red Wolves
Looking for 2017 Arkansas State Red Wolves predictions? The Red Wolves had another success year in 2016 finishing with an 8-5 record and first place in the Sun Belt. Their record can kind of be deceiving because they usually play a very difficult non conference schedule, and this year is no different. They start off the season going to Nebraska, and then they play Miami-Florida at home, which is one of the biggest home games for this program ever.
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Can this team repeat as Sun Belt champions or will this be a step back year for this program?
2017 Arkansas State Red Wolves Predictions: Team Strengths
Quarterback Position Set: The Arkansas State Bobcats have found their quarterback for this year in Justin Hansen.
Last year he got off to a bit of a slow start but really turned it on late. He finished the season with 2179 yards and 19 touchdowns. Over his last seven games he only threw a total of two interceptions.
Although his stats don’t always look to be super flashy, he seems to be making the right reads and throws at the right time, and that has led to the coaching staff really trusting him as the man under center.
Weapons at the Wideout: One of the best parts of Justin Hansen’s game is the ability to the get the ball spread out all over the field, to just about anyone that is open, it doesn’t matter who it is.
Good thing for the Red Wolves, the wide receiver position is one of great strength this year. They have six guys returning this year that all made at least one catch last year.
They also have a very good mix in tall guys and speed guys, that should give them threats underneath and down the field.
I would expect them to come out and play even better with another year of spring ball under their belt with Hansen as their starting quarterback.
2017 Arkansas State Red Wolves Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Blocking up Front: Now not all was bad for the offensive line last year, but in the running game they were terrible.
They couldn’t open up any holes, and wasted a couple of good running backs they have on their team. Not only was the offensive line bad last year, but all five of the starters from that team are now gone.
The team is going to have to go very young at that position and it doesn’t appear that they will be much improved at all. Look for the running game to really struggle behind a very bad offensive line.
Team Discipline: The Red Wolves have a very serious issue the last few years playing well disciplined football and not having a lot of stupid penalties.
Last year they had over 100 penalties, which is not good for a team that has really high expectations coming into this season, and that thinks that they can compete with the big boys.
If they want any chance to pull off the upsets over Nebraska and Miami Florida they need to become more disciplined and keep their head on their shoulders.
Arkansas State Red Wolves Prediction: 8-4
The Arkansas State Red Wolves have a pretty easy schedule, after the first two weeks.
I think they will start the season with back to back losses again Nebraska and Miami of Florida. But even those two games will be tough, I think they will bring the team back closer together.
I put two more losses on their schedule because running the Sun Belt is hard, but I really am not sure where the losses are going to be at.
I think they finish the season with an 8-4 record and another Sun Belt Championship and another bowl game berth.
2017 Arkansas State Red Wolves Football Schedule
- 9/2/17 8:00 PM ET @NEB
- 9/9/17 3:30 PM ET MIA
- 9/16/17 7:00 PM ET ARPB
- 9/23/17 7:00 PM ET @SMU
- 10/4/17 8:00 PM ET @GASO
- 10/14/17 TBD CCAR
- 10/19/17 TBD ULL
- 10/28/17 TBD @NMSU
- 11/11/17 TBD @USA
- 11/18/17 TBD TXST
- 11/25/17 TBD @ULM
- 12/2/17 TBD TROY
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