GoDaddy Bowl Preview Capsule
Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Toledo (8-4) at Mobile, Alabama, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Toledo by 3 1/2.
Series Record: Toledo leads 2-0.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Arkansas State is trying to win its third straight GoDaddy Bowl. The Red Wolves beat Kent State in 2013 and Ball State in 2014. Toledo is trying to improve the program’s all-time bowl record to 10-4 and end the season on a three-game winning streak.
Arkansas State’s defense against Toledo RB Kareem Hunt: The 5-foot-11, 200-pound sophomore has been spectacular this season, with 1,360 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns despite missing three games in the middle of the season with a sprained ankle. He’s run for at least 100 yards in all nine games he’s played and is averaging 7.9 yards per carry. Arkansas State hasn’t been great against the run, ranking 91st in the nation after giving up more than 191 yards per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arkansas State: QB Fredi Knighten. The 5-11, 189-pound junior has quickly adapted to first-year coach Blake Anderson’s offense, throwing for 2,874 yards and running for 775 more this season. He’s thrown for 19 touchdowns and rushed for 11.
Toledo: LB Junior Sylvestre. The 6-0, 222-pound senior was a first-team All-Midwestern Athletic Conference selection for the second straight season after leading the Rockets with 94 tackles, including 9 1/2 for a loss.
FACTS & FIGURES
Toledo and Arkansas State might be able to develop a little rivalry in the coming years. The teams are also playing a home-and-home series during the 2015 and 2016 regular seasons. … This is Toledo’s second appearance in Mobile. The Rockets beat UTEP 45-13 in 2005 when the game was known as the GMAC Bowl. … Toledo coach Matt Campbell is in his third season, but still is just 35 years old, which makes him one of the youngest in the Football Bowl Subdivision. … Arkansas State has had five coaches in five seasons. Steve Roberts resigned after the 2010 season and then Hugh Freeze (Mississippi), Gus Malzahn (Auburn) and Bryan Harsin (Boise State) all took new jobs after just one season in Jonesboro. The 45-year-old Anderson was Larry Fedora’s offensive coordinator at North Carolina before coming to Arkansas State.