Upset Alert! Arkansas looks to surprise No. 6 Texas A&M in Dallas.
Flashback: Fayetteville 2013...
Arkansas trailed Johnny Manziel's No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies 33-38 with just over 10 minutes to play in last year's closely-contested game. The Hogs had one of the worst defenses in the country, not to mention the SEC. Manziel was still wearing maroon and while, while Hogs quarterback Brandon Allen was a turnover machine a year ago.
And the Razorbacks were in the game in the fourth quarter. Oh, how the tables have turned. Now, Maziel is playing in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns. Brandon Allen has improved to the tune of 138 yards passing a game, eight touchdowns and only one interception. Lastly, the Hogs defense has made tremendous strides. It all equals two little words: Upset Alert!
Arkansas (3-1, 0-1) will face undefeated and nationally-ranked No. 6 Texas A&M (4-0) this Saturday in the house that Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys built -- AT&T Stadium. And believe me, the Hogs will be in this game with the Aggies.
Both the Razorbacks and Aggies can score the football at an alarming rate. Arkansas uses their power running game to punish opponents into submission to the tune of 324.5 yards a contest.
Meanwhile, A&M uses a ferocious aerial attack courtesy of sophomore QB Kenny Hill for upward of 405 yards a game. Both teams can light up a scoreboard in a hurry. Please, expect a shootout.
However, Hill is a sophomore. If Trey Flowers and that Arkansas defensive line can put enough pressure on the youngster, A&M should come up quite a bit short of their 405 yards a game average in the air. A&M shouldn't be able to cut through Arkansas' defense like they did against South Carolina.
Also, Arkansas' smashmouth style should be able to keep Hill sidelined more than he is accustomed to. It's a cliche, but if Hill is not on the field, the Aggies cannot put points on the board. It's that simple.
And as good as the young QB is, he's not Manziel. Hill can expect to be rattled by Arkansas' stout defensive line. Hill is not nearly as mobile, as Manziel, and he will be prone to that relentless Arkansas D-Line pressure. Hill only averages 26.5 yards rushing a game and that is inflated, because of one long 58-yard-run.
An improved Arkansas secondary, from a year ago, will have another chance to show what they're made of in 2014. The Hogs will need to play a full game, unlike the earlier debacle they experienced in the 2nd half of their showdown with Auburn.
If the Razorbacks can protect the football, while continuing their offensive dominance with the ground game, and their secondary shows up, expect a huge upset in Big D. Fans should get ready to celebrate Arkansas' first SEC and Top 25 win under head coach Bret Bielema.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 49 Texas A&M 45
KICKOFF: 2:30 p.m.