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Arkansas State Releases 2017 FB Schedule

Sun Belt Champs Welcome the U; But Get No App St Rematch

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The Sun Belt Conference officially released its 2017 football schedule today and although there were no earth shattering revelations since we already knew the home and road opponents, just not the dates, we can now begin analyzing how the season might play out for the defending champions.

The Pre Season

This is one of the more challenging non-conference schedules in recent memory with road trips to Nebraska and SMU while entertaining Miami (of Florida, not Ohio) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Jonesboro.

Sept 2 @ Nebraska 2016 9-4 (6-3 Big Ten / T- 2nd West)

Sept 9 Miami 2016 9-4 (5-3 ACC / T-2nd Coastal)

Sept 16 UAPB 2016 1-10 (1-8 SWAC / 5th West)

Sept 23 @ SMU 2016 5-7 (3-5 AAC / 5th West)

The ‘Belt

The Sun Belt portion of the 2017 schedule is more balanced than previous years with ASU not having to endure any three game road swings. The Red Wolves will kickoff their SBC season on Wednesday night at Georgia Southern on ESPN2. They will then welcome conference newcomer Coastal Carolina to Jonesboro before battling Louisiana Lafayette at home on a Thursday night ESPNU game. This will be the only home game moved to the mid week which should help with attendance. A two game road trip to New Mexico State and South Alabama will get split up with an off week before a return trip home to face Texas State. The Red Wolves will make a post Thanksgiving trip to Monroe taking on ULM before returning home to wrap the season in December with Troy. If both teams have a successful run up to this point, it could turn into a game with huge ramifications.

Oct 4 @ Georgia Southern 2016 5-7 (4-4 SBC / 6th)

Oct 14 Coastal Carolina 2016 10-2 (1st Year SBC)

Oct 19 Louisiana Lafayette 2016 6-7 (5-3 SBC / 5th)

Oct 28 @ New Mexico St 2016 3-9 (2-6 SBC / T 9th)

Nov 11 @ South Alabama 2016 6-7 (2-6 SBC / T 9th)

Nov 18 Texas State 2016 2-10 (0-8 SBC / 11th)

Nov 25 @ Louisiana Monroe 2016 4-8 (3-5 SBC / 7th)

Dec 2 Troy 2016 10-3 (6-2 SBC / T 3rd)