Expect a lot of points tonight when Aggies, Hogs meet
October, 3, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Something tells me a calculator might be necessary tonight to keep track of points and yards when Texas A&M and Arkansas meet.
I'll be curious to see how last week's loss to Alabama affects Arkansas' offense.
The Razorbacks ranked No. 2 in the nation coming into last week's game averaging 538 yards and 44.5 points per game. But they were stoned by the Crimson Tide in a 35-7 loss as they were limited to 254 yards and 3.8 yards per snap.
It had to be a major break in the confidence in coach Bobby Petrino's offense. And it will be interesting to see what it will mean to the Razorbacks.
Texas A&M's defense has played well, but hasn't been tested by any offense nearly as proficient as Arkansas' attack keyed by quarterback Ryan Mallett. It will be a huge challenge for the Aggies -- and one that it will be facing on a weekly basis once Big 12 play begins.
The Aggies' fast start offensively hasn't been surprising, considering their early opponents. New Mexico, Utah State and UAB won't be confused for college football's power elite.
That soft schedule has enabled the Aggies to be the only team in the FBS to rank among the top seven teams in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense.
Arkansas' defense will be a step up for those Aggies, but the Razorbacks have had troubles of their own in the last two games. They've allowed an average of 43.5 points per game to Georgia and Alabama and have been singed for six touchdowns of 40 or more yards during those games.
First team to 40 points tonight I think will win. And it wouldn't surprise me if both teams get close in what figures to be a shootout.