by Bryan Follins
Record: 3-8 Overall, 0-7 SEC
Who Will Get The Boot?
The Arkansas Razorbacks come to Tiger Stadium gunning for their ninth straight loss Friday. Saturday, September 14th was the last time the Razorbacks won a football game, and that was against Southern Mississippi. The game against the Purple and Gold will be their bowl contest. As a team, the Razorbacks do few things well. It is easy to see why they have a 3-8 record. There are some bright spots however.
The Hogs have a good rushing attack. Freshman Alex Collins has 998 yards rushing this season. He averages 5.6 yards per carry. He is the sixth leading rusher in the SEC. Sophomore Jonathan Williams has run for 842 yards for the campaign. He averages 6.1 yards per rush. Both Williams and Collins have scored four touchdowns for the Hogs.
Senior center Travis Swanson helps to open holes for Collins and Williams. Swanson is one of those nimble centers who can pull. He is a good player.
Arkansas is fifth in the league in rushing offense, one notch above the Purple and Gold.
The Razorbacks are eleventh in the SEC in total defense. That is not good. They have given up 235 yards per game through the air. The Razorbacks have allowed 24 passing touchdowns this season.
They do have some defensive linemen who are capable of getting sacks and making tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Senior defensive end Chris Smith is second in the SEC in sacks with seven for the year. Junior defensive end Trey Flowers has 12.5 tackles for losses this season.
The Purple and Gold are possibly coming off their best overall game of the season, against Texas A&M. They played very well defensively against the Aggies last Saturday. Hopefully they can keep it going into the bowl season.
This will be senior Zach Mettenberger’s last game in Tiger Stadium. However, what is more intriguing is the future of Tiger offensive playmakers Odell Beckam, Jarvis Landry, and Jeremy Hill. Beckam and Landry are juniors. Hill is a sophomore. All three will be 21-years-old before the game Friday, which makes them eligible for the NFL draft in the Spring. Will they return, or will they follow the pattern of Tiger players leaving for the draft before they use all of their college eligibility?
Time will tell.
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