Keys to the Game: Arkansas State at SMU

The Mustangs try to rebound from their Iron Skillet with a visit from Arkansas State. Don't take the Red Wolves lightly; they can be dangerous. We give you a few keys to a Mustang win. 

Get Courtland Sutton Involved

TCU succeeded in limiting Courtland Sutton last week. Sutton had one catch for zero yards. Teams will use TCU's blueprint moving forward to take away the Mustangs game breaker. For as much as Trey Quinn and James Proche are gifted, Sutton gives SMU big play potential that's unmatched. Look for Chad Morris to move Sutton around via motion and placing him in the slot or even out of the backfield to neutralize Arkansas State's defensive plans. 

About Ben Hicks

We can't figure out Ben Hicks. This season he's a 48% passer, a terrible percentage, down from a bad rate, 55% in 2016. He seems to be feast or famine, throwing highlight level deep balls and then airmailing out routes. He threw for less than 50% completions against TCU and Stephen F. Austin, so the standard of competition doesn't seem to dictate his Rick Vaughn tendencies. How far can an inefficient Hicks take SMU, especially when Rafe Peavey and D.J. Gillins on the bench? 

The Red Wolves Can Put Up Points

Arkansas State is a dangerous offensive team, they average 42 points a game, including putting 36 points on Nebraska in Lincoln. Quarterback Justice Hansen is a 70% passer, 16th in the FBS and top 40 in yardage. In their game against the Cornhuskers, Hansen threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. 

Notes and Numbers

  • ASU and SMU have met twice and split the games. 
  • Arkansas State has won twelve of their last thirteen games against Texas schools including wins over Texas A&M, North Texas, SMU, and Texas State.
  • The Red Wolves have fourteen Texans on their roster. 
  • Ben Hicks moved to eleventh All-Time on SMU's passing yards list. 
  • SMU averages a program best 49 points a game. 
  • SMU corner Jordan Wyatt is the leader among active players in defensive touchdowns. 

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