What the media is saying about Arkansas vs. Texas A&M
The wait is over.
After earning victories in each of its first three games, the Arkansas Razorbacks will finally begin conference play with a matchup against SEC West rival Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Here is what the media is saying about the SEC clash between the undefeated Razorbacks and the unbeaten Aggies:
- The Hogs are ready for their toughest Texas test, writes Chandler Carson in the Arkansas Traveler. After escaping Fort Worth with a wild, double-overtime victory over TCU in Week 2 and thrashing Texas State last weekend, Arkansas is prepared to face its toughest Texas foe on Saturday night. Even though every SEC game is a struggle, the Aggies have been a pain in the Razorbacks’ side in recent years. Texas A&M will enter this weekend’s showdown after winning the two rivals’ last four meetings.
- Both quarterbacks will be at the center of things, according to the Associated Press. The Razorbacks enter Saturday with first-year starter junior Austin Allen behind center, while the Aggies’ offense is led by graduate transfer Trevor Knight, who is in his first season at Texas A&M after transferring from Oklahoma. So far, both signal-callers have helped their teams to identical 3-0 marks. Considering each team has used strong quarterback play to earn victories through the first three weeks of the season, the AP believes the two gunslingers will be a factor on Saturday night.
- Texas A&M aiming to be more efficient on offense, says Lawrence Smelser of The Battalion. As good as the Aggies’ defense has played this season, the offense is still finding its stride after going 2-for-15 on third downs at Auburn last weekend. “We get better on third down through practice,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. “We need to be better there. We’re also making a lot of first downs. I said after the game, we’ve got a lot to work on. Third down conversions and the red zone are areas we need to work on.”
- Austin Allen has Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis seeing double, points out Bob Holt of Arkansas Online. After sitting behind his older brother Brandon the last three years, the younger Allen has thrived in his first season behind center. Through three games, his play has been so good that Chavis can’t notice any difference when he sits down to watch game tape of the Razorbacks and compares it to past years. “I think he’s a twin,” Chavis said Tuesday at Texas A&M’s weekly news conference. “I know he’s a little bit younger, but he runs the offense extremely well.”
- The winner will have a shot to topple the Crimson Tide, explains Bill Bender in the Sporting News. Alabama will be undefeated heading into Week 5, that is a given considering it will meet Kent State this weekend. Only two other teams — Arkansas and Texas A&M — will enter Saturday undefeated, though one of the rivals will be heading home 3-1 after the game. While both teams have grand aspirations for this season, only one will maintain a fighter’s chance of coming out of the West ahead of the Crimson Tide.