Knowing the Enemy 2016
6-3 Overall, 2-3 SEC
It is that time of year. The battle for the Boot. Arkansas. The team everyone hates to see after playing a big game. This is the game after. The Razorbacks, as shown in the past, are the type of team which can feast on an opponent, after the opponent has played a physically and emotionally draining contest the week before. Enter the Purple and Gold.
Junior Austin Allen is the quarterback for Arkansas. He is the third leading passer in the Southeastern Conference. He has thrown for 2,291 yards. Allen has thrown for 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions.
The leading receiver for Arkansas is wide receiver Drew Morgan, who has 515 yards in receptions, averaging 10.7 yards per catch. Morgan has three receiving touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Keon Hatcher has not caught as many passes as Morgan, but he averages 15.2 yards per reception. He has two more touchdowns than Morgan. Junior Jared Cornelius has 465 yards in receiving on 24 catches, averaging 19.4 yards per catch. He has four touchdowns.
Senior tight end Jeremy Sprinkle is a big target at 6’6, 256 pounds. He averages 11.6 yards per catch with four touchdowns. He is an effective blocker. The tight ends play a significant role in the Arkansas.
The Arkansas offensive line is anchored by 6’10, 319 pound Dan Skipper at the left tackle. Skipper is a four year starter, and Outland Trophy nominee. Guard Frank Ragnaw is another returning starter for the Hogs. Arkansas has had problems pass protecting this season, allowing 21 sacks.
However, they must be doing something right, because they have sophomore Rawleigh Williams, who is the second leading rusher in the league. Williams averages 5.3 yards per rush, and has rushed for 955 yards on 179 carries.
Defensively, Arkansas has not been good this season. They have allowed 38 points per contest in conference games this year. They give up an average of 239 yards per game on the ground in SEC play. Two games ago, they allowed a whopping 543 yards on the ground against Auburn.
Senior Deatrich Wise, is a 6-6, 271 pound defensive lineman who can play anywhere on the line and create havoc. He has 38 tackles, 16 solos, and 3.5 sacks on the season. Jerimiah Ledbetter, a senior defensive lineman has four sacks this season. Senior linebacker Brooks Ellis leads the Razorbacks in tackles with 62, 28 solo.
Arkansas showed signs of playing defense in a 31-10 win over Florida last week, but the Gator offense is not that great.
In recent history statistics do not matter much when these two teams play.
However, here are a few shocking facts about this game.
Arkansas has more wins than the Tigers at this point in the year.
The Tigers have not clinched a winning season which is unusual this late in the season.
The Purple and Gold is not bowl eligible, not ordinary for this time of year.
It will be a physical game. The Purple and Gold need to win and become bowl eligible and clinch a winning season. It will not get much easier after Arkansas.