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Arkansas vs. Texas State 2016: Game time, TV schedule, how to watch online, odds and preview

Arkansas looks poised to begin the season 3-0.

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Texas Christian Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Game Time: 7:30pm ET

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Razorback Sports Network

How to watch: WatchESPN

Odds: Arkansas opened as 32.5-point favorites. The line has trended downward slightly as they can be had for between 30.5 and 31 points. (via OddsShark)

Preview

The Arkansas Razorbacks host the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday, and the Sun Belt team enters the contest sporting a 1-0 record. At the same time, this looks to be a pretty big mismatch. The Bobcats are ranked 120th in F+ rankings while the Razorbacks are ranked 16th which goes a way towards explaining the large point spread.

Three things to watch

  1. Can Austin Allen continue the impressive start to the season? Allen has completed 64 percent of his passes this season with five touchdowns and two interceptions. In terms of yardage per game, he is fifth in the SEC. He’ll be throwing against a Texas State defense that allowed Ohio to pass for nearly 400 yards in their first game.
  2. Rawleigh Williams III is also poised for a big day. Williams is currently averaging 116 rushing yards per game with an average of 26 attempts, making him a top three SEC running back in most categories. This week he and his offensive line face a Bobcat defensive front that allowed 237 yards on the ground against Ohio, so a big day could be on the horizon.
  3. Texas State will try and challenge Arkansas’ secondary. The Bobcats threw the ball 56 times against Ohio, amassing 440 yards through the air. For the season, quarterback Tyler Jones is averaging 7.6 yards per completion (this is on par with Luke Del Rio to put things in a SEC perspective), and receiver Eric Luna seems to be his main target. Arkansas’ pass defense is currently the worst in the conference, allowing nearly 300 yards passing per game. That figure is inflated somewhat given the aerial attack of TCU factoring into the averages, but throwing the ball will be the only avenue for Texas State to keep this game close.