Legendary sportswriter Wendell Barnhouse recently left the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and is now a correspondent for Big 12 Sports.com. With 30 years experience of observing the college scene, his expertise is unmatched. In the spirit of Steve Harvey's Bottom Ten, Wendell will provide us a capsule look at college football's less fortunate, counting down the Bottom 25 teams in Division I-A football.
No. 13 Arkansas State
Location: Jonesboro, Ark.
Nickname: Red Wolves.
Conference: Sun Belt.
Coach: Steve Roberts, 31-41 in six seasons, 80-74-1 overall in 14 seasons.
Division I-A history: 49-123-1 in 16 seasons, .322 winning percentage.
Last bowl season: 2005.
Best record last five years: 6-6 in 2006 (and in 2005).
Rank(ed) because: In order to comply with the NCAA's emphasis on political correctness, the school changed its nickname from Indians to Red Wolves. If only winning football games was as simple. Quarterback Corey Leonard and running back Reggie Arnold are among the best in the Sun Belt but Arkansas State needs more players and the ability to play consistently.
Negative number: Since becoming a Division I-A team in 1992, Arkansas State has never won its road opener. The Red Wolves open at Texas A&M on Aug. 30.
Possible victory: Texas Southern, Sept. 6. The Red Wolves should be able to get into the win column against this Southwestern Athletic Conference foe.
Biggest blowout: At Alabama, Nov. 1. The Crimson Tide was embarrassed the last time a Sun Belt team visited Tuscaloosa (Louisiana Monroe last season). Teams with elephants in their logo never forget.
Is there hope?: Roberts has made Arkansas State competitive in the Sun Belt. Other than scuffling for the scraps in Division I-A's basement conference, there's not much more this program can do.
Thanks to the Helmet Project.