Arkansas will have its hands full with road contest at TCU
A week after a very unconvincing 21-20 nail-biting victory over Louisiana Tech, Arkansas will be going on the road for a very tough non-conference contest.
The Razorbacks will head to Fort Worth to take on the No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs. This game represents a number of challenges for Bret Bielema’s squad.
TCU is known for its suffocating, swarming defense. The Horned Frogs traditionally bring pressure in unorthodox ways — from all parts of the field. As such, the offense — particularly the offensive line — needs to be a cohesive unit communicating at all times.
“We are trying to build confidence in [Austin Allen],” said Bielema. [TCU] has great pressure guys, I can see why that streak exists but that’s not one of our goals (to break that streak). We want to protect our quarterback better.”
Arkansas gave up four sacks a week ago. It’s an offensive line in somewhat of a transition from a personnel standpoint. When compared to last week’s opponent, TCU is expected to provide a stiffer test in regards to getting after Allen. It’s gotten a sack in 31-straight games — which is the second-longest streak behind Ohio State (36) in the country.
The Razorbacks will also be facing a familiar face in TCU quarterback Kenny ‘Trill’ Hill. Formerly of Texas A&M, Hill competed against — and beat the Razorbacks earlier in his career. In the season opener against Rice, Hill threw for 439 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for three more. His dual-threat ability makes him a real challenge to contain.
“He’s much improved, he’s already beat us,” said Bielema “He fits TCU’s system. Can run the ball if he wants to. He’s elusive in the pocket. He’s a mature, gifted player. It will be a task to stop him.”
Bielema spoke about the general health of the time. While Kevin Richardson will be unavailable to play, the Razorbacks will be buoyed by the returns of D.J. Dean, Austin Cantrell, and Jared Cornelius.
Lastly, Bielema touched upon how TCU may or may not compare to the competition Arkansas sees in conference play:
“TCU finished with one of the most efficient offenses in the country last year, they have a special return man, the QB has already been in the SEC. Defensively, they have a unique approach…they are very similar to the SEC teams we play.”