By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Arkansas State Red Wolves face the Nevada Wolf Pack in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on Saturday afternoon. The game will kick off at 1:15 pm EST at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.
The Red Wolves are 8-4. They; however, are just 3-3 on the road this season.
The Wolf Pack have a 7-5 record. Like the Red Wolves, three of their seven wins have come on the road (3-3 overall).
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Wolf Pack have a 65% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives Nevada a 68% chance to win this game.
This is the fifth meeting all-time between these schools. However, they have not played each other since 1999.
Arkansas State won its last meeting with a 44-28 win on November 13, 1999. They also won 23-21 over Nevada on November 20th, 1993.
Nevada last won in this series with a 66-14 win on November 16th, 1996. They also won 18-0 on September 10th, 1994.
The Red Wolves have a 3-5 record all-time in Bowl games. They lost their last Bowl game.
They were defeated 35-30 in the Raycom Media Camelia Bowl on December 16th, 2017 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. Their last Bowl win came in a 31-13 win in the AutoNation Cure Bowl over the UCF Knights on December 17th, 2016 in Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
This is Arkansas State’s first appearance in the Arizona Bowl.
Nevada has a 5-10 all-time record in Bowl games. They are on a one-game Bowl win streak.
They defeated the Colorado State Rams, 28-23, in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on December 29th, 2015 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. Their last Bowl loss came in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl with a 16-3 loss to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on December 20th, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Wolf Pack is the first team to have two appearances in the Arizona Bowl.
The Red Wolves have won their last four regular season games. Their last loss was to the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in a 47-43 loss on October 27th.
Their offense is averaging 31.8 points per game. Their offense is averaging 463.5 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 26.4 points per game. Their defense is allowing 376.6 total yards per contest.
Red Wolves quarterback Justice Hansen has gone 260 of 388 for 3,172 yards. He also has 27 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Marcel Murray leads the Red Wolves backs with 137 carries for 793 carries and seven touchdowns. Kirk Merritt leads the Red Wolves receivers with 75 receptions for 939 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Wolf Pack lost their last regular season game with a 34-29 loss to the UNLV Rebels on November 24th. Their last regular season win came in a 21-12 win over the San Jose State Spartans on November 17th.
Nevada is averaging 32.3 points per game. Their offense is averaging 442.9 total yards per contest.
Their defense is allowing 28.1 points per game. Their defense is allowing 378.3 total yards per contest.
Wolf Pack quarterback Ty Gangi has gone 250 of 409 for 3,131 yards. He has 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Toa Taua leads the Wolf Pack backs with 156 carries for 816 yards and six touchdowns. McLane Mannix leads the Wolf Pack receivers with 50 receptions for 875 yards and seven touchdowns.