The Razorbacks have beaten every below .500 team on its schedule this season and will look to move to 5-0 against sub-.500 teams when it faces 3-8 Missouri. The Tigers battled with Tennessee a week ago for the better part of three quarters, but the Volunteers eventually pulled away for a 63-37 lead. For fans of shootouts, this game figures to feature plenty of points.
Date: Friday, Nov. 25
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Faurot Field, Columbia, Missouri
Arkansas: When Arkansas runs the ball effectively, it wins. In its seven wins, Arkansas is averaging 235 yards per game on the ground. In four losses, the Razorbacks are averaging 74.8 rushing yards per game. The good news for Arkansas is that Missouri is among the worst in the SEC at stopping the run, allowing 271.7 yards per game on the ground in its seven SEC games this season. Look for Rawleigh Williams and Devwah Whaley to have big games if the Razorbacks pull away with this victory.
Missouri: This defense has to find ways to get stops. Missouri's offense did its best to keep up with Tennessee, but the defense has to get the opponent off the field without giving up points. The Tigers are allowing opponents to convert on third down a staggering 47 percent of the time in SEC play. Overall, Missouri is allowing all opponents to convert 43.5 percent of the time, which is 100th in the nation. Against Arkansas, which will be looking to run the ball a lot, Missouri's defense is going to need to come up with some third down stops on third and short in order to keep the Razorbacks off the scoreboard.
Players to watch
Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas: Missouri's linebackers are going to be keying on the run this game and trying to stop Williams and Whaley, who will get tons of touches. I'm looking for Sprinkle to have a few big plays coming off of play-action in the passing game. Sprinkle is a big target that quarterback Austin Allen likes to find, as he's third on the team with 29 receptions. Williams and Whaley are going to run for big numbers, but in the passing game I look for a big afternoon from the Razorbacks' talented tight end.
Damarea Crockett, RB, Missouri: Crockett had a massive game against Tennessee before an ankle issue limited him in the second half. The Tigers freshman running back needs to be able to tote the rock another 25 times in this one for Missouri to have a chance because they're going to need some ball control to keep Arkansas' offense off the field.
Matchup to watch
Arkansas offensive line vs. Missouri defensive line: Missouri cannot get blown off the ball in this game as they did against Tennessee. The Tigers' front must be stronger at the point of attack and keep Arkansas' beefy offensive line from getting to the second level to create huge plays in the run game. On the occasion where Missouri gets the Hogs into a clear passing situation, Charles Harris and the Mizzou pass rush have to find their way home to hit Allen, who has been lit up in some games this year.