So now we get Arkansas. I watched a good bit of their game Saturday, and I pretty much watched all of the 2nd half. They're a good team. Lots of talent. Lots of big offensive lineman. Some very strong running backs and a very capable QB. You got to respect their D pretty good, too. Some very good players and they seem to be coaching 'em up really good out there.
But in terms of what we do well, I think we match up pretty good.
These are the keys to the game as I see it:
- Win the turnover battle.
- Control both lines of scrimmage.
- Rush for over 200 yards
- Throw for over 150 yards
- Control the Hogs' ground game
Last week, against Mizzou, we did all five of those things. Usually against a solid SEC opponent, that isn't going to happen. But, if we can do 4 of those things, then I think we win this game maybe by as much as 10-14 points. Chances are, we do three of the aforementioned things, and we'd look at hopefully winning a close game. If I could pick three, I'd choose: rushing the ball for over 200 yards, winning the turnover battle, and controlling the Hogs' ground game.
A couple of things make nervous:
- The ability for ARKY to put up huge numbers in the air
- Their impressive O-line