ZACH: The Razorbacks need to get back into the win column as far as SEC play goes. Earlier in the season, I wouldn’t have expected to be as concerned about tomorrow as I am.
Will Rogers and the Mississippi State passing attack have me nervous. Our secondary has struggled at times this season.
With that being said, after essentially a two week break and the roster mostly healthy; the Hogs should handle this one at home.
This is a must win in my opinion for our program. After a few rough losses, another loss (especially at home) could be a massive negative.
I do think this will be a competitive game and closer than some expect.
I’ll take the Razorbacks over Mississippi State 42-38.
BEN: I’ve really battled with this one all week. Arkansas is coming off of basically 2 bye weeks and it was so needed. Mississippi State got a nice win over Kentucky last weekend. They’ve figured out their pass game and Arkansas will likely have a tough time defending it. Jalen Catalon’s absence will loom large.
I think the Dawgs pass all over the Hogs defense, but the Razorback offense matches them step for step. This should be a shootout. Give me the home team.
Arkansas 41, MSU 38
GRAHAM: Saturday is an opportunity to regain the magic and finish the season on a hot streak. The Bulldogs were ranked 17th in the nation in the College Football Playoff’s committee’s initial ranking, which should add even more fuel to Arkansas’ fire.
The key to a victory against the Bulldogs will be to contain the air raid offensive attack. The Hogs are coming off a much-needed bye week and hopefully have an impressive defensive game plan in place. Offensively, I think the Hogs look to the air more than we’ve seen this season. Therefore, I see this game being a shoot-out in which the Hogs regain their momentum.
Hogs 41 - Dogs 37
JACOB: This will be a fresh Razorback Football team coming off a bye-week. The offense should be ready to go as always since they’ve averaged around 38 points and over 400 yards offense per game.
Mississippi State’s pass defense isn’t nearly as strong as in years past. So, fans should fully expect to see Arkansas pitch the ball around the field and spread the field to create running room, too.
I believe Mississippi State scores early but the Razorback defense settles in off a tipped interception. Arkansas takes a 10 point lead into the locker room but the Bulldogs continue to fight.
The difference in this one will be Arkansas pounding the rock to a tune of 225 yards against a stout Bulldog defense. The offense needs to take care of the football and not giveaway a short field to an explosive air raid.
KJ Jefferson has a quality day through the air passing for over 300 yards and 60 yards rushing with five total touchdowns.
Arkansas 56, Mississippi State 49