HOW TO WATCH
Game: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M
Odds: Texas A&M (-4.5)
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT, Saturday Sept. 25
Stream: ESPN App
Radio: Razorback Sports Network/Learfield IMG
•Arkansas has a chance here to win a game in a series that has slipped away from them time and time again. Will the Razorbacks be able to close the deal this year in Arlington? Many of the media members not only in the state but nationally seem to believe Arkansas is on the way up and will defeat Texas A&M.
•In the nine game Aggie win streak, five of the games have been decided by a touchdown or less. Three of those matchups Arkansas led late in the fourth quarter. Will there be another close one on Saturday?
•How healthy will the Arkansas offensive line be? With Ricky Stromberg and Dalton Wagner nursing injuries from last week’s game against Georgia Southern both have been doubtful for the week. The Razorbacks need both of them healthy in order to run the ball (Hogs rank 8th nationally in rushing). Sam Pittman mentioned this week that they have four linemen who can snap the football and the whole position group have cross-trained to play any of the positions along the offensive line. That might pay off for Saturday.
•Jalen Wydermyer is the standout tight end for the Aggies and he has a knack for finding the first down marker and being a pain in the rear for Arkansas defenses. He had his best game last year in College Station against the Hogs when he caught six passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. The Razorbacks must contain Wydermyer at all times. Who will cover him? A linebacker? That is the million dollar question for defensive coordinator Barry Odom.
•Arkansas are the covering kings in 2021. They were 19 point favorites against Rice and won by 21. They were six point dogs to Texas and obliterated them by 19 points. Last week the Razorbacks were 23 point favorites and won by 35 against Georgia Southern. Will the trend continue and cover the spread against the Aggies?
•It was mentioned earlier that the Razorbacks need to run the ball. How will they against one of the best defenses in college football? A&M is allowing 162 yards per game rushing which ranks 12th in the conference. Arkansas is fourth overall running the football in the SEC at 282 yards per game. Brute physicality will be seen along the line of scrimmage and the Hogs may have success on Saturday. RUNDABAWL.