Screwed. Bo Nix clearly fumbled the football on a failed backwards spike and Arkansas recovered with less than 30 seconds left, while up by two points. However, the SEC office and replay review said otherwise. Many former officials disagreed with the decision, most notably Terry McAurey of Sunday Night Football. Regardless, the Razorbacks lost a tough one to #13 Auburn 30-28.
Special teams for Arkansas were horrendous. Outside of the blown fumble call, special teams has to be the one thing that caused the Razorbacks the game. The list of special teams errors go on and on, from a blocked punt that resulted in an Auburn TD, 4+ illegal formation penalties on punts, a couple false start penalties on punts, a bad snap that resulted in a failed PAT, which later caused the Hogs to go for 2 failed 2 point conversions. Outside of special teams, the offense was pretty good. Feliepe Franks completed 22 of 30 passes, had 318 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to De’Vion Warren who had 5 catches with 95 yards. In the absence of starting RB Rakeem Boyd, Trelon Smith stepped up with 21 carries and 81 yards on the ground. The pass defense was alright, giving up 187 yards on 17-27 passes to Bo Nix. Nix also had a touchdown to Anthony Schwartz, who had 10 catches and 100 yards. Run defense was a different story, giving up 259 yards to the Tigers. The Tigers leading rusher Tank Bigsby had 20 carries with 146 yards, as he bounced off Razorback defenders like bouncy balls. I talked more about this game in Episode 7, Week 3 vs. Auburn Reaction, Recap, Refs, and Grades.
It’s not going to be easy for the Razorbacks, as the Ole Miss Rebels are leading the SEC in yards per game at 573. 380 of those yards in the air and 192 of those on the ground. Defense is a different story however, the Rebels are allowing a league high of 641 yard per game, with the closest competitor being the Florida Gators at 495 yards. The Rebels are also dead last in the SEC in defensive points per game, allowing 51.7 points per game, with the Missouri Tigers closest at 38 points per game. However their offense is averaging 42 points per game. For a more in depth preview of this game, you can listen to my latest Episode 8, Ole Miss Rebels Preview & Prediction.
The Hogs are gonna come out firing and mad. Hogs win 38-24.
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