Time: Saturday, October 20th, Noon ET/11:00 a.m. CT
TV: SEC Network/WatchESPN
Commentators: Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb & Kris Budden
Odds: Arkansas (-5.5) O/U: 53.5
For both the Arkansas Razorbacks (1-6) and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-5), it has been a season of near misses, what ifs and heartbreak. Arkansas enters this game coming off of a four point loss to Ole Miss and Tulsa fell to still undefeated South Florida by a single point in Week 7. That’s just the kind of season these teams are having.
Coming into tomorrow’s meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas is sitting at 72 in overall S&P+ and Tulsa ranks 93rd. The Razorbacks jumped 17 spots in the offensive rankings (81 to 65) from the end of Week 6 to after Week 7 with the help of some explosive plays against Ole Miss. Unfortunately for the Hogs, starting QB Ty Storey has been ruled out against Tulsa due to a head injury he sustained last week in Little Rock. The coaches will more than likely call on Cole Kelley to start under center. Storey’s injury means Rakeem Boyd and Devwah Whaley will be looked at to tote the rock a fair amount.
On defense, the Razorbacks will more than likely settle back in this week. Tulsa is currently ranked 104 in offensive S&P+, but they do boast a solid running back duo of Shamari Brooks and Corey Taylor II. Arkansas will also look to take advantage of Tulsa’s -6 turnover margin for the season, which has them tied at 118th nationally.
I think Arkansas is too hungry to let this game slip away. After what happened in another G5 early kickoff vs. North Texas this season, the Hogs don’t want history to repeat itself. Tulsa’s loss last week was especially devastating as well and they’re in prime position to let USF “beat them twice.” Look for Arkansas to control the tempo in this one.
Arkansas 31, Tulsa 23