Wonder Boys at Boll Weevils
The University of Arkansas at Monticello (0-2) is a Willis "Convoy" Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium hosting Arkansas Tech (2-0) on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. The game can be heard online at UAMsports.com. Live stats and live streaming video will also be available. All links to live coverage can be found at www.UAMsports.com/coverage.aspx. Saturday’s game between UAM and Arkansas Tech is the 73rd all-time meeting between the two football squads in a rivalry that began in the 1920 season. Tech leads the all-time series 44-25-3, and holds a slight advantage in games played in Monticello at 17-14-1. The Weevils and Wonder Boys have gone back-and-forth since becoming members of the GAC in 2011. Both teams have defended their home turfs during that period, including a dominant 34-0 win for UAM in 2013. Last year, Tech won 18-13 in Russellville. The Weevils suffered a 50-20 loss to Southwestern Oklahoma State University last Saturday in UAM’s first and longest road trip of the 2015 season. The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys enter Saturday’s game receiving votes in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll with and undefeated record of 2-0. Tech has a pair of dominating wins to open the 2015 season, beating Southern Nazarene 62-14 in the opener and last week taking down Oklahoma Baptist 50-7. Tech is first in the Great American Conference in scoring, total defense, rushing offense and pass defense.
Bears at Red Wolves
Arkansas State (0-2) will play its second consecutive home game Saturday at 6 p.m., when it hosts Missouri Valley Conference member Missouri State (1-1) in an ESPN3-televised game. The live radio broadcast can be accessed through the official A-State Athletics web site (AStateRedWolves.com). Following back-to-back losses to top-25 ranked USC and Missouri, Arkansas State will enter its game against Missouri State still looking for its first victory of the season. Despite falling 27-20 to then-ranked No. 21 Missouri last week at home, the Red Wolves have proven highly successful at Centennial Bank Stadium over the last decade. They have accumulated a 46-11 record at the stadium since 2005 for an .807 winning percentage. Missouri State is looking for its first road victory since Sept. 20 of last year. Since joining the FCS in 1982, the Bears are 1-31 against FBS opponents with their lone victory coming 31-24 at UNLV in 1990. Saturday’s game will mark the fourth all-time meeting between Arkansas State and Missouri State, but the first since 1998. A-State holds a 2-1 record in those contests after winning the last two meetings. All three previous games were played in the 1990’s in Jonesboro, including a 37-20 Missouri State win in 1991, a 35-27 A-State victory in 1997 and a 28-24 Red Wolves’ win in 1998.
Bisons at Muleriders
Harding (2-0) will play the second of its six road games Saturday. The Bisons will take on Southern Arkansas (2-0) in Great American Conference action at Wilkins Stadium in Magnolia, Ark., at 6 p.m. Harding enters the game 2-0 in the GAC following a 42-0 victory over Southern Nazarene last Saturday in Searcy. Junior quarterback Park Parish rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Andrew Dather. Harding and Southern Arkansas are two of the four undefeated teams in the GAC. Arkansas Tech and Ouachita are also undefeated. Harding and Southern Arkansas are the top two teams in the GAC in yards per play. The Bisons average 7.1 yards per play, and Southern Arkansas averages 6.5. Harding is second in the conference in yards allowed per play (3.4), and Southern Arkansas is third (4.1). Harding is ranked No. 16 in the American Football Coaches Association Preseason Poll and is ranked No. 17 in the D2Football.com Poll. The Bisons have been ranked in the last 14 AFCA polls. The last time Harding was ranked No. 16 was on Nov. 10, 2014. The Southern Arkansas game is the third of 11 games in the 2015 season, all of which are Great American Conference games.