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South Alabama hosts Arkansas State in ESPN-televised game

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 South Alabama quarterback Cody Clements will look to lead the Jaguars to a win Tuesday night against Arkansas State in Mobile.
NATI HARNIK/ASSOCIATED PRESS South Alabama quarterback Cody Clements will look to lead the Jaguars to a win Tuesday night against Arkansas State in Mobile. AP

Week seven action in the Sun Belt gets off to an early start as South Alabama hosts Arkansas State at 7 p.m. Tuesday in an ESPN2-televised game.

Arkansas State holds a 3-0 edge all-time against South Alabama, including last season's 45-10 win in Jonesboro.

Arkansas State (2-2, 1-0) has been strong in conference play the last five seasons with 12 wins in their 15 conference road games. ASU holds an 11-6 record in all mid-week games since its inaugural season in the Sun Belt. It has won seven of its last 10 mid-week contests.

The Red Wolves, however, have started conference play 2-0 on only five occasions in their 14-year history in the league. Meanwhile, South Alabama (3-2, 1-0) has never started conference play 2-0 in its three years in the conference.

Arkansas State brings a balanced attack to Mobile, averaging 193 yards per game rushing and 202 passing while scoring 30.4 points per outing. Michael Gordon, a native of Camden, has gained 455 yards and scored five touchdowns on the ground, including posting 221 yards and three scores in a 49-35 win over Idaho last weekend.

The Red Wolves will bring a balanced attack to Mobile, averaging 193 yards per game rushing and 202 passing while scoring 30.4 points per outing. Michael Gordon has gained 455 yards and scored five touchdowns on the ground, including posting 221 yards and three scores in a 49-35 win over Idaho on Oct. 3.

"They are very talented," South Alabama coach Joey Jones said. "They have solid, really good players at every position. They've been doing well for the last few years and been in the conference championship race pretty much every year. They have done a good job recruiting. They are well-coached, do a great job offensively and defensively they are very sound, so it's going to be a challenge for us."

South Alabama senior quarterback Cody Clements, a UAB transfer, has completed 80-of-154 passes for 1,131 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

Sophomore running back Xavier Johnson leads the Jaguars on the ground with 64 carries for 411 yards and four touchdowns.

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