Who: Ball State (10-2, 7-1 MAC) vs. Arkansas State (7-5, 5-2 Sun Belt)
When/where: 9; Mobile, Ala.
Line: Ball State by 7
Notable: John Thompson is Arkansas State's interim head coach in this bowl for the second straight season. The Red Wolves recently hired Blake Anderson to replace Bryan Harsin, who left for Boise State. Anderson, North Carolina's offensive coordinator, will attend today but won't coach. … Ball State has scored at least 40 points in the past four games, including 55 its finale against Miami (Ohio). … Temperatures are forecast to dip into the upper 20s.