The Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-5) are 3-point underdogs in a home Sun Belt matchup with the Texas State Bobcats (6-4) on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Centennial Bank Stadium. The over/under is 59.5 for the game.
The Bobcats’ matchup versus the Red Wolves will be available on ESPN+.
Bobcats vs. Red Wolves Game Info
- Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
- Time: 3:00 PM ET
- Channel: ESPN+
- Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
- City: Jonesboro, Arkansas
- Venue: Centennial Bank Stadium
- The Bobcats rank 97th in total defense this season (401.4 yards allowed per game), but they’ve been thriving on the offensive side of the ball, ranking 13th-best in the FBS with 464.7 total yards per game.
- On the offensive side of the ball, the Bobcats have been a top-25 unit, ranking 21st-best in the FBS by putting up 34.9 points per game. They rank 91st on defense (28.5 points allowed per game).
- Despite sporting a bottom-25 pass defense that ranks 23rd-worst in the FBS (248.2 passing yards allowed per game), Texas State has had more success on offense, ranking 39th in the FBS by averaging 263.6 passing yards per game.
- The Bobcats sport the 74th-ranked defense this year in terms of rushing yards (153.2 rushing yards allowed per game), and they’ve been more effective on offense, ranking 15th-best with 201.1 rushing yards per game.
- While Texas State ranks sixth-worst in the FBS in third-down efficiency on defense with a 48.1% third-down percentage allowed, it’s been a different story offensively, where the Bobcats rank 23rd-best in the FBS (44.9% third-down percentage).
- With 10 forced turnovers (78th in the FBS) against 13 turnovers committed (95th in the FBS), the Bobcats (-3) own the 93rd-ranked turnover margin in college football.
Red Wolves Insights
- Arkansas State has not been getting things done defensively, ranking 17th-worst with 432.0 total yards allowed per game. It has been more productive on the other side of the ball, putting up 371.9 total yards per contest (80th-ranked).
- In terms of points scored Arkansas State ranks 94th in the FBS (23.5 points per game), and it is 105th defensively (30.8 points allowed per game).
- The Red Wolves have been struggling in pass defense, ranking 18th-worst with 256.0 passing yards allowed per game. They have been better on offense, compiling 222.2 passing yards per contest (73rd-ranked).
- Arkansas State is posting 149.7 rushing yards per game on offense this season (79th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is allowing 176.0 rushing yards per contest (108th-ranked) on defense.
- The Red Wolves are putting up a 34.6% third-down conversion percentage on offense this season (108th-ranked). Meanwhile, they are allowing a 39.3% third-down rate (74th-ranked) on defense.
- Arkansas State has a bottom-25 turnover margin this season, 18th-worst at -6.
- TJ Finley has 2,454 passing yards in 10 games this year, averaging 245.4 per game with a 68.9% completion percentage and 18 touchdowns against five interceptions.
- He has added 74 rushing yards (7.4 per game) and five touchdowns on the ground.
- Ismail Mahdi has totaled 1,050 rushing yards with eight touchdowns (105.0 yards per game across 10 games). His 6.6 yards per attempt rank 19th in college football.
- Mahdi has 12 catches on zero targets for 120 yards. He has one receiving TD.
- Through nine games played, Joey Hobert is averaging 89.3 yards and 7.1 receptions per game on the way to 804 receiving yards and 64 catches. He’s been targeted zero times, and has seven receiving touchdowns.
Red Wolves Leaders
- Jaylen Raynor is averaging 9.2 passing yards per attempt (19th in the FBS) and 229.3 yards per game this year, completing 58.5% of his passes on the way to 1,834 total yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions through eight games.
- He’s added 333 yards on the ground (third on the Red Wolves), with five rushing touchdowns. He’s averaging 41.6 yards per game and 3.5 per attempt.
- Courtney Jackson has 27 catches for 503 yards and six receiving touchdowns. He has been targeted zero times and averages 2.7 receptions per game through 10 games played.
- So far this season through 10 games, Ja’Quez Cross has churned out 522 rushing yards (leading the Red Wolves) and scored three rushing touchdowns. He averages 52.2 yards per game and 5.4 per carry (97th in the FBS).
- Cross’ statistic output includes 17 receptions (1.7 per game) on zero targets for 114 yards (11.4 per game), but he has not found the end zone through the air.