Sun Belt 2017 Betting
Looking for Sun Belt 2017 Football Conference betting picks? With no championship game yet (there will be one starting next year) there is a chance for there to be two Sun Belt Conference Champions. Last year Appalachian State and Arkansas State tied atop the Sun Belt Conference with identical 7-1 records in conference play.
Arkansas State Red Wolves: Sun Belt 2017 Handicapping
- Head Coach: James Franklin
- 2016 Arkansas State Record: 11-3
- Arkansas State Odds To Win Sun Belt: +350
- Arkansas State Odds to Win NCAA Championship: +50000
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But this year there won’t be a tie on top of the conference standings. The Arkansas State Red Wolves are on a mission this year, and will take soul possession of the Sun Belt title.
Here are five reasons why the hype is real in 2017.
Reasons Arkansas State Will Win The Sun Belt
Stability at the Quarterback Position
When you are recruited and commit to Oklahoma you have some really good skills, and the Arkansas State Red Wolves have a former Oklahoma recruit to lead the offense.
Justice Hansen struggled a bit at the beginning of the year last year, but towards the end of the year he was really hitting his stride and he always seemed to play best when the pressure was highest.
He made some key plays to lead the Red Wolves to a share of the title last year. Last year Hansen passed for 2719 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The Red Wolves really want to push the pace on the offense and they have the perfect quarterback in Hansen to be able to do that. With a fast paced offense look for Hansen to have his stats be even better this year.
Last year the defense help opposing Sun Belt teams to 15.8 points per game and it’s what the Red Wolves really leaned on to reach their goals of a Sun Belt title.
Now they did lose some key players from last years team, but they have done a great job recruiting and already have guys ready to fill in.
Ja’Von Rolland-Jones was the best pass rusher in the Sun Belt last year, and he is back for his Senior Year this year.
He earned Sun Belt player of the year honors after racking up 13.5 sacks. The pass rush is going to be key to the rest of the defense having success this year.
Gritty Special Teams
Although the kicking wasn’t great last year for the Red Wolves, the rest of the Special teams was good.
They returned three kicks for touchdowns last year, and also blocked five kicks. They also have a special kick return that is back this year, and will be a difference maker for this team.
Knows How To Win
This Arkansas State Red Wolves team knows how to win, and that is going to be important this year on the way to a repeat.
If a team is used to losing they might meltdown in close games towards the end of the season, but when a team is used to winning they have confidence and rise to the occasion.
I think the Red Wolves will be in close games this year, but learning from the close games in the last few years, they will be able to pull them out.
This team also has as high expectations on themselves, as anyone on the outside, and I think that will lead them to want perfection in every game.
One conference play starts the Arkansas State Red Wolves will have already played their toughest games of the season.
They have to play the Miami Hurricanes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in non conference play and that will really be stiff competition.
Sun Belt 2017 Football Conference Betting Prediction: 9-3
Arkansas State has a tough non conference schedule but that will help them when the conference season starts.
I think they will once again lose one game in conference play, but that will be enough to lead them to the title.
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