GAME 1: Arkansas State (0-0) hosts Southeast Missouri State (0-0) Sept. 1, 2018 | Allison Field at Centennial Bank Stadium Jonesboro, Ark. | 6:00 p.m. Radio: EAB Red Wolves Sports Network (107.9 FM, flagship) Television: ESPN+ Live Stats: AStateStats.com Live Game Notes: twitter.com/AStateGameDay ON TAP: Arkansas State is set to open its fifth season under the direction of head coach Blake Anderson Saturday, Sept. 1, when it will host Southeast Missouri State at 6 p.m. in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN+. Every Red Wolves’ football game can be heard live on 107.9 FM in the Northeast Arkansas area. The live radio broadcast can also be accessed on the official A-State Athletics web site (AStateRedWolves.com) and the A-State Athletics app. THE PRINCIPALS: The Red Wolves will play both their home and season opener Saturday against Ohio Valley Conference member Southeast Missouri State. A-State was picked in the Sun Belt Conference preseason coaches’ poll to the win both the league’s West Division title and its inaugural championship game. SEMO, coming off a 3-8 season, is led by fifth-year head coach Tom Matukewicz and is picked seventh in the OVC Preseason Poll. HEAD COACH BLAKE ANDERSON: Blake Anderson, an 18-year coaching veteran at the NCAA FBS level who also coached in an NJCAA National Championship game, was named the Red Wolves’ 30th all-time head football coach on Dec. 19, 2013. Anderson led the Red Wolves to Sun Belt Conference championships in 2015 and 2016, as well as four consecutive winning seasons and bowl-game appearances (2017 Camellia Bowl, 2016 Cure Bowl, 2015 New Orleans Bowl, 2014 GoDaddy Bowl). Under his direction, the Red Wolves have set nine new school records for average yards total offense (494.8 yards per game in 2017), first downs (322 in 2017), first downs passing (190 in 2017), passing yards (4,106 in 2017), passing touchdowns (38 in 2017), points scored (520 in 2015), touchdowns scored (69 in 2015), total offense (6,174 yards in 2014) and total plays (1,024 in 2014). During his first four years at the helm of the program, he has seen 41 of his players earn 64 All-Sun Belt Conference selections -- the most in the league over that span. FAST START: Out of 30 all-time head coaches at Arkansas State, Blake Anderson became one of just four to win at least seven games in his first season (2014) at the school. The other head coaches to win at least seven games in their first season as head coach at A-State were Bryan Harsin (2013), Gus Malzahn (2012) and Hugh Freeze (2011). FOUR YEARS RUNNING: Blake Anderson is the first head coach in Arkansas State history to win 31 or more games over his first four seasons at the school. Additionally, he is just the third head coach at A-State to direct the program to 31 wins victories in 51 or fewer games -- Bennie Ellender reached 31 victories in 50 games from 1963-68, as did Bill Davidson from 1971-75. DOUBLE DIGITS: Including all seven A-State wins last season, 29 of the Red Wolves’ 31 victories under head coach Blake Anderson have come by 10 or more points. The only exceptions were a 21-14 overtime win over Utah State in 2014 and a 27-26 victory over Georgia Southern in 2016. CLIMBING THE LADDER: Blake Anderson has led the Red Wolves to a pair of Sun Belt titles and collected 26 league wins along the way, which are the fifth most ever by any of the conference’s all-time head coaches. Anderson has the opportunity to climb as high as second on that list this season. Coach (School), Wins Larry Blakeney (Troy), 52 Rick Stockstill (Middle Tennessee), 32 Rickey Bustle (Louisiana), 31 Darrell Dickey (North Texas), 29 Scott Satterfield (Appalachian State), 27 Blake Anderson (Arkansas State), 26 THE ARKANSAS STATE - SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE SERIES: Arkansas State and Southeast Missouri State are set to meet for the 13th time in the series history, but for the first time since 2003. While SEMO leads the all-time series 7-4-1, Arkansas State has won the last three meetings dating back to 1947. The Red Wolves most recently picked up a 21-3 victory in Jonesboro in 2003, but also claimed a 38-9 win at Centennial Bank Stadium in 1996 and a 25-0 victory in 1947. A-STATE vs. OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE: Arkansas State holds an all-time 37-26-1 record against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference. Saturday’s game will mark the Red Wolves’ first meeting against an OVC team since playing UT Martin in 2005. In addition to Southeast Missouri State (4-7-1), A-State also holds victories against current OVC members UT Martin (9-3-1), Murray State (9-3-0), Tennessee Tech (8-10-0), Austin Peay (5-2-0), Eastern Kentucky (1-0) and Jacksonville State (1-1-0). FOR STARTERS: A-State defeated Montana State 37-10 in its 2014 season opener and first game ever under head coach Blake Anderson, but has since dropped its last three season openers -- a 55-6 road loss at then-ranked No. 8 USC in 2015, a 31-10 home setback to Toledo in 2016 and a narrow 43-36 defeat at Nebraska last season. Since moving to FBS status in 1992, the Red Wolves have posted just a 5-21 record in season openers. In addition to its season-opening win in 2014, it also began the 2013 (62-11 vs. UAPB), 2008 (18-14 at Texas A&M), 2006 (14-6 vs. Army) and 1995 (21-17 vs. Utah State) seasons with wins.