When will it end?
That’s the question on every Hog fan’s mind these days. The Arkansas Razorbacks (3-5) will play the Ole Miss Rebels (5-3) on Saturday in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 11:21 a.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.
The Razorbacks are riding a long, embarrassing six-game losing streak under new head coach Bret Bielema and the team is trying desperately to break it.
Meanwhile, Hugh Freeze has his highly-ranked recruiting class off to another good season, one win away from becoming bowl eligible.
The Rebels offense is led by returning starting quarterback Bo Wallace, who completes 62 percent of his passes and has 1,976 yards passing this season. Wallace also has an underrated ability to escape pressure and gain yards on the ground which is something that makes him more dangerous for the Razorback defense.
Jeff Scott leads the Rebels with only 434 yards on the ground on the year, but is listed questionable again this game with a thigh injury that has kept him out for the last two.
True freshman receiver Laquon Treadwell has been very impressive on the year as he has 41 catches for 385 yards and two touchdowns. His counterpart, Donte Moncrief who had a coming out party late last season, has 498 yards receiving with four scores.
The Rebels are decent on both sides of the ball and have a talented defense to go with their fast-tempo offense.
Despite having many injuries to their lineup, the Rebels’ defense is holding strong, allowing 379 yards per game which ranks sixth in the SEC.
Ole Miss is coming off of a blowout win against Idaho and a dramatic win against the then 6th-ranked LSU Tigers, so they have great momentum coming into this game.
Arkansas is still winless in the SEC, but showed some promise in last weeks game against Auburn as they seemed to progress in some areas. A key for the Hogs is going to be getting that run game going so it will open up the passing game for Brandon Allen, who has been inconsistent throughout the season.
The Arkansas football team will benefit from the early kickoff because, let’s face it, no one likes going to games at that time of the day. Will it be enough to help the Hogs scratch out a victory though?
Last year’s matchup, even with the dumpster fire of a year Arkansas had, came down to a last second field goal win by the Rebels, so you never know.
Arkansas’ defense still is just not very talented and there’s no reason to believe that they are going to be able to stop the Rebel’s passing attack. If the Razorbacks keep the costly mistakes and turnovers to a minimum, they will stand a chance in this game, but I just don’t see it happening.
Ole Miss’ offense is just too much to handle and the Arkansas offense can’t keep up.
Arkansas- 14 Ole Miss- 38
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