As the University of Central Arkansas heads back into Southland Conference play Saturday, the Bears occupy the high ground with a 2-0 record.
The Bears are coming off a benchmark victory over Arkansas State of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The Bears (3-1) now take on winless Abilene Christian (0-4, 0-2) at 2:30 p.m. at Abilene.
“I know how you can go from the penthouse to the outhouse really quick in this conference,” said UCA coach Steve Campbell. “I know we will be playing a team that will play extremely hard with a lot of passion. They are very big and physical.”
Even though the Bears’ first conference road game this season is in Abilene, the UCA coaches are concerned about Dallas.
ACU quarterback Dallas Sealy is second in FCS in passing yards (1,317. 332.5 per game) and leads the Southland in total offense at 472.8 yards per game.
“He can really throw the football,” said Campbell. “They do a great job of creating seams for him to pass.”
ACU has lost in overtime to Houston Baptist, then last week had a fourth-quarter comeback fall short against Stephen F. Austin, 41-30, after falling behind, 28-0, in the second quarter. The Wildcats committed six turnovers.
“Good things will happen this year,” said ACU coach Ken Collums, a former star quarterback at UCA who later served the Bears as an assistant coach. “Certain parts of our game are good. We have not been good first quarter through fourth quarter. At certain times, we have been good. You can see it. Our confidence is shaken and we’re just a little agitated with where we are right now.”
Collums has plenty of respect for his alma mater.
“Across the board, they’re good,” he said. “They use what they have really well.
“Their defense starts with the D-line. They have a big, strong line and are two-deep. I think their D-line will be as good as Air Force (an earlier loss). We’re going to have to play efficiently.”