While the 17-0 field-storming win over LSU was the most satisfying last year for the Hogs, the 30-0 win over Ole Miss was even more impressive. One, it solidified that the win over the Tigers was no fluke and confirmed the arrival of Robb Smith's defense being a legit SEC squad. It is a fond memory for all Razorback fans, but less so for the Rebels. Hugh Freeze has not stepped away from the talk of last year's game. In fact he is embracing it and using what he calls the embarrassment from the game as motivation for this Saturday.
This year, one of the biggest strengths for the Razorbacks coming into the season was Brandon Allen's experience. The senior has more experience than anyone in the SEC, but that hasn't equated to the success some had hoped. Fox Sport's piece is neither long nor groundbreaking, but asks an important question, can Allen lead an upset on the road? So far his performances has been less than stellar, with his only two road wins coming against Tennessee this year and last season's run-fest against Texas Tech. A big road win should be the next step for Arkansas but Allen only has two more chances to do that.
Ole Miss has done well at quarterback this season thanks to JUCO transfer Chad Kelly. However he has been feast or famine a lot this season and it has drawn comparisons to last year's Rebel quarterback Dr. Bo Wallace. Defensive Backs coach Clay Jennings wasn't afraid to compare the two and the entire Razorback defense is preparing a little differently for him. While pressure has been an issue for the Hogs this season, they are emphasizing affecting Kelly's vision this week, getting their hands up and trying to deflect passes due to Ole Miss' quick-release offense.
All the talk of Ole Miss getting healthy has been centered around Robert Nkemdiche returning to action, but the Rebels defense will be getting another boost this week in DB Tony Conner. Conner will be key in nickel situations for the Rebels because he is usually tasked with covering the tight ends, and Arkansas just so happens to have one of the best in Hunter Henry. Conner hasn't played since leaving with an injury in the Alabama game, it will be worth noting how fast he can knock off the rust.