Things are coming together for the Arkansas Razorbacks. After a come-from-behind victory against the Aggies, Arkansas put a hurtin’ on the Auburn Tigers last night, winning 38-14 and showing the SEC that the Hogs still aim to be relevant in the SEC picture moving forward in the second half of the season.
With the win, Arkansas is now at 5-1 (1-1 in conference) with the sole loss coming at the hands of Alabama.
The Hogs have a pretty favorable schedule for the rest of the season:
- Oct 22 – @Ole Miss
- Oct 29 – @Vanderbilt
- Nov 5 – South Carolina
- Nov 12 – Tennessee
- Nov 19 – Mississippi State
- Nov 25 – @LSU
They will likely be favored in each game moving forward with the exception of LSU, likely big favorites against all teams except LSU and South Carolina.
The Arkansas offense continues to light it up. Quarterback Tyler Wilson played excellent and connected on 19 straight completions at one point. He threw for 2 touchdowns and ran in another. The Wilson to Jarius Wright connection continues to be one of the most exciting quarterback/receiver tandems in the country:
While the box score shows 176 yards of rushing, 92 of them came on the Joe Adams run (reminiscent of Percy Harvin for the Gators) – see video below:
Arkansas continues to struggle in the run game and stopping the run on defense. Other than the 92 yard Adams play, the Hogs managed just 84 yards on the ground. I’d like to see the Razorbacks run more plays with Adams in this regard. Get him to the outside and see if they can get him into space.
On defense, Arkansas gave up 291 yards on the ground. The Auburn passing game was very rough and Arkansas intercepted Trotter and Frazier a combined three times.
The difference in the game was indeed the turnovers as Auburn actually had more first downs than Arkansas. While the Arkansas offense is still one-dimensional to a degree (but not nearly as one-dimensional as a team like Tennessee), they are taking care of the ball.
Looking ahead, Arkansas could easily head into Baton Rouge the last week of the season with a single loss (one less loss than they had at that point last year). Arkansas can play LSU tough and possibly ruin their season. The BCS isn’t out of the question for the Razorbacks, but they’ll need to keep improving each week especially on defense.