Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2)
■ Where: Mobile, Ala.
■ Time: 9 p.m. (ESPN)
■ Series: First meeting.
■ What’s at stake: Arkansas State is trying to win its second straight GoDaddy Bowl, despite spending its fourth straight offseason dealing with a coaching change. Ball State is trying to continue its impressive run under third-year coach Pete Lembo. It's only the third time the Cardinals have had a 10-win season.
■ Key matchup: Ball State's productive passing offense has been on a roll, helping the Cardinals score at least 40 points in the past four games, including 55 in the team's last outing against Miami (Ohio). Arkansas State defensive linemen Ryan Carrethers and Chris Stone, who have a combined 17.5 tackles for a loss this season, will try to get Ball State's offense out of rhythm.