Texas Tech vs. Arkansas in Big 12-SEC challenge

July, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Arkansas (SEC No. 6)

Texas Tech's record against the SEC: 2-5
Arkansas' record against the Big 12: 3-4
Previous series: Arkansas leads, 28-7
Most recent meeting: Texas Tech, 38-21, at Lubbock in 1991.

Distance between them (according to How Far Is It): 471 miles.
Where they should play: Dallas, Texas (271 miles from Fayetteville, 301 miles from Lubbock)

Who wins: Texas Tech

Why: Both teams are looking for new quarterbacks, but Texas Tech's Taylor Potts has more experience in his offense than Ryan Mallett or Tyler Wilson at Arkansas.

Although Mike Leach's team had all kinds of trouble against Mississippi in the Cotton Bowl, Arkansas' defense is nowhere near the level of those Rebels.

It would be tough for Texas Tech's defense to contain bruising tailback Michael Smith. But I would expect the Red Raiders to be able to cook up enough of a pass rush to make things iffy for the Razorbacks, particularly considering they ranked 118th nationally in sacks allowed last season.

And even without Michael Crabtree, Graham Harrell and Shannon Woods from last season, the Red Raiders would be able to score consistently against an Arkansas team that ranked last in the SEC in total defense and scoring defense last season.

Even with nine Arkansas defensive starters back from last season, Tech's offensive arsenal would be difficult to contain. And that would be enough for the Red Raiders to outscore the Razorbacks in this battle of old Southwest Conference rivals.

Later today: Kansas (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Georgia (SEC No. 5).

The count: Big 12, 4-3.

Note: Matchups are determined by the most recent rankings of Big 12 blogger Tim Griffin and SEC blogger Chris Low.

All cumulative records go back to the 1996 season -- the first of competition in the Big 12.

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