For maybe five years now, I’ve entered the college football season with irrationally high expectations for the Texas State Bobcats.
“You know why I was crying, Coach,” asked Scott. “It’s starting to work. I see the culture kicking in.”
While we can take a quantum of solace from the defensive performance, it doesn’t ease the pain of witnessing the total destruction of what was once a mighty and majestic offense.
Let us Red Wolves fans bask in the darkness of anonymity afforded by the effort of a defensive squad who finally limited an opponent to under 50 points.
You could have not imagined a more perfect punt. And yet, the 99 yard touchdown pass that followed was so predictable that it registered absolutely no surprise from the dutiful crowd that showed up for a Thursday night game with the #15 ranked program in America.
I invite you to join me in moving past this True Crime critique of the Arkansas State Red Wolves and leap forward into what can be salvaged after a 1-3 start to the season.
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.
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.
ook past the Bears is a mistake new A-State head football coach Butch Jones can’t afford to make – just ask Blake Anderson, the former Red Wolves coach who saw his 2016 team upset by the Bears 28-23. It was a loss that shook Jonesboro to its very core! Even though Anderson repaid the Bears last season with a 50-27 thumping, Red Wolves fans are still cringing from 2016.