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What To Watch For: Hogs vs Eagles

What do the Razorbacks need to do right as they face Georgia Southern?

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Last Saturday the Arkansas Razorbacks dominated the 15th ranked Texas Longhorns and are now the toast of the country through the first two weeks of the season.

AVOID THE SCARE

How will Arkansas respond to their victory over Texas? Coach Sam Pittman says that he isn’t too worried about a hangover from it. Last year, Arkansas defeated a ranked Mississippi State on the road at Davis Wade Stadium to put an end to a 20-game SEC losing streak. Oh, that felt good and Pittman compared that win last season to Saturday’s against Texas.

“To be honest with you, I’m not one bit concerned about it, and I’m not going to talk about it a lot. From the way that we beat Mississippi State last year and went to Auburn and had that call at the end of the game. Our kids could have gotten the big head after Mississippi State, but they didn’t. They played a good game against Auburn. That happened.”

The feeling is this Razorback team is not in for a let down against Georgia Southern on Saturday. This team is full of senior laden experience and the coaching staff seems to be focused on each game, not looking ahead at the next opponent.

POUND THE ROCK

How will the rushing attack look for the Razorbacks after a 333 yards performance last Saturday?

Pittman said, tongue in cheek, that he may never throw the ball if his ground and pound attack averages seven yards per carry. They also have four legitimate running backs and a quarterback that isn’t afraid to truck a linebacker in open field. This week, the competition level goes down just a bit as they play an Eagles team that has been to the postseason each of the past three seasons. However, the Hogs should be able to win this game with ease and see many of the younger players, especially everyone’s favorite backup quarterback Malik Hornsby.

OPTION FOOTBALL

The triple option attack is what Arkansas will face this coming week. In a day where spread offenses are the way this old school approach is something different for this older Razorback defense. Will they be disciplined enough to make stops and keep their eye on the ball carrier?

It has been shared with us many times that Arkansas started preparing for the option attack early in fall camp. So, it’s not like it will be a new concept for this team. I give Barry Odom and his on fire defense the edge here.

HOG PASSING GAME

Where oh where is the Arkansas passing game? Georgia Southern has one of the worst pass defenses in all of college football giving up eight touchdowns and over 700 yards through two games. This will be a game Arkansas will look to have this part of the offense back on track between KJ Jefferson and superstar Treylon Burks.