The only matchup this week between SEC West rivals sees Texas A&M take on Arkansas in Dallas. The Hogs are trying to stay perfect while the Aggies are still looking to rebuild their season after the numbing loss to Appalachian State in Week 2.
By Steve Wright
Here are the three keys to a Razorback victory over Texas A&M:
Keep The Aggies Offense Quiet
The Aggies have the worst offense in the SEC. Haynes King was thrown under the bus after the defeat at the hands of the Mountaineers, and Max Johnson was handed the keys against Miami. It was a game where the offense was marginally better, but one where the defense had to win it for the Aggies.
Arkansas has been weirdly spectacular in parts on defense, especially regarding explosion plays. The Hogs have more sacks than any other school in the country, and their run defense isn’t far behind as it ranks No. 7 in the nation. The A&M offense is full of potential without much production. Arkansas needs to keep it that way.
Pass Defense Steps Up
The flip to that explosion play success is that the pass defense has been miserable. Arkansas has given up over 325 yards through the air in its three wins. That is not sustainable when it comes to winning football, but does A&M have the playmakers to challenge the worst pass defense in the nation?
The Aggies are a methodical team that doesn’t take chances through the air. This will allow the Arkansas pass defense to be better – for at least a week – as Johnson still isn’t sharp and the Aggies offense isn’t creative enough to cause many problems.
Run And Contol Clock
Arkansas is winning by using the formula that the Aggies can’t quite find. They are ranked No. 10 in the country in rushing, grinding the ball on the ground for a touch under 250 yards per game. That allows Arkansas to control the clock and dictate tempo thanks to an offensive line that is playing as well as any in the country. If the Hogs can touch 250 again here, then they win comfortably.