After three weeks, the Red Wolves two-deep is as you might expect – a mixture of truth and misdirection.
esson on how College Bowl Games work. Plus, we plow through Week 2 results, prognosticate Week 3, touch on realignment and…why is it so hard to get a hotdog at a Cajuns game?
The Red Wolves are, after a mere two weeks, the nation’s leading pass offense, racking up 920 yard via the air while bombing the end zone 9 times. A-State’s Corey Rucker is second in the nation with 4 TD grabs, and he’s richly accompanied by exceptional talent in Jeff Foreman, Te’Vailance Hunt and about half-a-dozen other guys who can step in and make big plays.
How good is Las Vegas? The line on Memphis vs. Arkansas State was +5.5 Red Wolves. A furious second half comeback by the Red Wolves and QB James Blackman didn’t deliver a Sun Belt win over the American, but it did result in a final score of 55-50. What performance enhancing dope is Vegas munching and where can I get some?
We can’t pick and choose our rivals. Ask Arkansas and Missouri about that. Rivalries are a matter of mutual animosity that transcends win/loss records. They’re not temporary. There is equity. There are shared experiences and there is the passage of time. Louisiana and Appalachian State aren’t rivals. South Alabama and Troy are. The animosity is mutual.
On the latest Fun Belt Podcastt, Adam Hunsucker, Warhawks beat writer for the News Star, helps us beak down ULM’s loss to Kentucky and assess the future of the program. Plus, Warhawks slot receiver Boogie Knight joins us to talk NIL, Sun Belt and Louisiana humidity.
Butch Jones released his two-deep for Week 2 against Memphis, and not surprisingly, he’s playing it coy at […]
On September 11, the Tigers darken The Cent in Butchboro. The win over UCA was jolly good fun, sure. But the stakes are higher on Saturday, somehow. We don’t share a conference. We have few common opponents. Though we claim the same recruiting grounds, the beef between the two programs is more personal than professional – especially with Memphis recently enjoying the national success Arkansas State has always wantonly craved.
Florida transfer James Blackman started for Arkansas State against Central Arkansas on Saturday night. Blackman wasn’t playing poorly, exactly, but early in the third quarter, the score was only 13-7 Red Wolves midway through the third quarter. After Blackman was forced to retire to the sideline after briefly losing his helmet, Hatcher took over the offensive and immediately flicked a 34 yard TD pass to Corey Rucker – who would go on to record two more Hatcher to Rucker scores. In a quarter and a half of work, Hatcher threw 4 touchdown and went a perfect 12/12 for a fantastic 315 QB rating. It’s hard to imagine Hatcher not starting next week against Memphis.
On the latest Fun Belt Podcast, Cajuns beat writer for the Daily Advertiser Tim Buckley stirs the gumbo on Louisiana’s quest to unseat the Chanticleers as Sun Belt champions. Episode 10 is best listened with beignet in one hand and another beignet in the other hand.