I hope you’re not over seeing replays of Hunter Henry firing up a sky hook that torpedoed Ole Miss’ shot at an SEC title because it will be shown all over the place leading up to and during this week’s game. If you want to reminisce on the play you can refresh your memory here.
Because of the nature of the play and game as a whole, this game has the revenge narrative written all over it. Rebels’ head coach Hugh Freeze has downplayed the narrative and says the focus is forward. Freeze can say that until he’s blue in the face but it sounds like Ole Miss players haven’t forgotten the game, which is completely understandable. As memorable as that game was, all of the players who had some say in that game will have memories of that going into Saturday.
Looking at it from an odds perspective, Ole Miss is about a touchdown favorite this weekend, but Arkansas has a positive history against the Rebels. As the article points out, the Hogs are 5-2 straight up against Ole Miss and 6-1 against the spread in the past seven years. The over/under at 67 also feels like it has potential to be cleared in the early fourth quarter.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of overtime in College Football. CBS Sports came out with an excellent look at overtime in college football, complete with an entire section about Arkansas’ insane history in overtime. There are all kinds of good overtime stories from coaches about starting overtime and some analysis of the overtime strategy of choosing to play defense.
In news that will surprise absolutely no one that has watched Arkansas football this year, Austin Allen has been under pressure more than any other quarterback in college football. Both Texas A&M and Alabama ran Allen all over the backfield and right past a struggling offensive line. The silver lining is that those two defensive lines are the two most menacing groups Arkansas will face, so hopefully the storm has passed and the offensive line can continue to grow in the second half of the season.