Two games into the 2015 college football season and the Red Wolves of Arkansas State University are still diligently “hunting for a win.” The team’s student-athletes can’t be blamed. The Red Wolves have played two nationally-ranked teams, one at home, the other on the road.
It all got started with a trip to southern California on Saturday, September 5th. On that day, Arkansas State University took on a very tall order. It took the field against the 8th ranked Trojans of USC. The University of Southern California prevailed easily by a score of 35-6.
Last week, on Saturday, September 12th, the Red Wolves opened their home season with another tough loss. They hosted 21st ranked Missouri and were upended by a final score of 27-20.
Two games and two losses are not what second year Head Coach Blake Anderson hoped for when the season began earlier this month. His team, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, produced a Won-Loss record of 7-6 in 2014. Included in that total were five wins in eight games against Conference foes.
The strong performance a year ago seemed to suggest “more of the same” in 2015. But games against highly-ranked teams have made a fast start difficult, if not downright impossible.
Nevertheless, there are still five home games and five road games to be played. It all gets started this Saturday, September 19th, when the Red Wolves host Missouri State University. That will be followed with additional home games, as follows. Arkansas State University will play the Arkansas State University on October 3rd, La.-Lafayette University on October 20th, Georgia State University on October 31st and Texas State University on December 5th.
There are still several road games that need to be played, as well. The Red Wolves will visit the University of Toledo on September 26th, South Alabama University on October 13th, Appalachian State University on November 5th, the University of Louisiana-Monroe on November 14th and New Mexico State University on November 21st.
An invitation to the GoDaddy Bowl in 2014 after a seven win season that included five wins in the Sun Belt Conference indicated to the Red Wolves and Coach Anderson that a bright future was in store for his team. 2014 was thought to be the year that “bright future” would begin.
It can still happen, of course, but two quick losses in the first two weeks of the season do not hold out the promise of “success on the gridiron.”A victory this weekend against Missouri State University has become a “must.” A loss in game three could easily spell doom to the 2015 season for the Red Wolves of Arkansas State University.
Courtesy of Arkansas State University