The Hogs look for their third win of the season against NIU this evening.
Arkansas (2-1) looks to match their win total from a season ago today against Northern Illinois (3-0). The Huskies are undefeated on the season, and boast one the countries top rushing attacks, but they haven't faced an opponent as potent offensively as the Hogs.
Both NIU and Arkansas make a living with their vaunted run games, but the Razorbacks will have no problem imposing their will, if the contest comes down to which team rushes for the most yardage.
Arkansas averages 362 rushing yards a game, while NIU averages just over 325 rush yards a contest. Quarterback Brandon Allen has been steady so far this season throwing for an average of 117 yards a game. He's thrown six touchdowns and only one interception.
NIU's defense is only allowing 81 yards a game on the ground, but Alex Collins and his fellow running backs are fixing to inflate the Huskies run defense's average.
While the Huskies defense is stout against the run, their pass defense is giving up 259 yards a game in the air. And they haven't faced the most formidable of opponents: Presbyterian, Northwestern and UNLV.
Allen should be able to exploit a vulnerable NIU defense that will have their hands full just loading up the box to stop the Hogs high-powered run attack. The play-action pass should be on full display later this evening in Fayetteville.
The bottom line is that Arkansas' prolific offense will trump NIU's less-than-stellar defense. The Huskies have yet to face an opponent of Arkansas' SEC caliber. It's going to be an old-fashioned beat down in Northwest Arkansas tonight.
KICKOFF 6 p.m.
PREDICTION: ARKANSAS 48 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 17