JONESBORO, Ark. (2/27/15) - The Sun Belt Conference announced its 2015 composite football schedule Friday, and three midweek nationally-televised games on ESPN2 or ESPNU highlight Arkansas State’s league slate for the upcoming season.

The Red Wolves will play eight consecutive Sun Belt games to close out the regular season for the second consecutive year and fourth time over the last five seasons.  They will open their season Sept. 5 at USC, followed by back-to-back home outings versus Missouri and Missouri State before completing non-conference play at Toledo Sept. 26.

A-State’s conference schedule will begin Oct. 3, when it will host Idaho in one of four league games and six total contests set to be played at Centennial Bank Stadium.  The Red Wolves conference opener against Idaho will also double as their 2015 Homecoming game.

Following the Idaho contest, the first midweek game on Arkansas State’s schedule will be played Oct. 13 at South Alabama.  The game will mark the first of two consecutive Tuesday-night games televised on ESPN2 for the Red Wolves, who will return home to host Louisiana-Lafayette exactly one week later on Oct. 20.

With three of its four conference games being played at Centennial Bank Stadium, A-State will remain in Jonesboro for its next game on
Oct. 31 when it faces Georgia State.  The Red Wolves will kickoff a three-game road swing Thursday, Nov. 5, when it travels to Boone, N.C., to face Appalachian State in an ESPNU-televised outing.

A-State will remain on the road two of the next three Saturdays, playing at Louisiana-Monroe Nov. 14 and New Mexico State Nov. 28.  The Red Wolves will have an open week prior to playing NMSU.  The team will close out the regular season at home on Dec. 5, when it plays Texas State on the Red Wolves’ annual “Senior Day.”

Including back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2011 and 2012, eight more in 2013 and seven last year, the Red Wolves have recorded 35 victories for their most over a four-year span since winning 37 from 1984-87 as an NCAA I-AA (now FCS) member.  The Red Wolves’ 35 total wins over the last four seasons also ranks among the top 30 programs in the nation over that time period.

The Arkansas State Athletics Department is currently accepting new football season ticket holder’s deposits for the 2015 home schedule.  The official date season tickets go on sale and pricing will be announced in the near future, but a $50 deposit can currently be made for new ticket holders ensuring they have first selection for available seating options in 2015 after current season ticket holders are accommodated.  The deposit can be made online at Tickets.AState.edu or by clicking here.

2015 ARKANSAS STATE HOME GAME THEMES:  Paint the Town Red (Missouri), Agriculture Day/Parents Day (Missouri State), Homecoming (Idaho), Heroes Day (ULL), Howl-O-Ween (Georgia State), Senior Day (Texas State).  Additional information about game promotions and special opportunities will be released in the coming months.

2015 ARKANSAS STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sat., Sept. 5 at USC
SAT., SEPT. 12 vs MISSOURI (Paint the Town Red)
SAT., SEPT. 19 vs MISSOURI STATE (Agriculture Day/Parents Day)
Sat., Sept. 26 at Toledo
SAT., OCT. 3 vs IDAHO* (Homecoming)
Tue., Oct. 13 at South Alabama* (ESPN2)
TUE., OCT. 20 vs LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE* (ESPN2) (Heroes Day)
SAT., OCT. 31 vs GEORGIA STATE* (Howl-O-Ween)
Thur., Nov. 5 at Appalachian State* (ESPNU)
Sat., Nov. 14 at Louisiana-Monroe*
Sat., Nov. 28 at New Mexico State*
SAT., DEC. 5 vs TEXAS STATE* (Senior Day)
*Sun Belt Conference Game