SEC's two best QBs take center stage in Arkansas-Mississippi State

Dak Prescott and Brandon Allen are among the nation's leaders in Total QBR. USA TODAY Sports, Getty Images

Arguably the SEC's two best quarterbacks -- Mississippi State's Dak Prescott and Arkansas' Brandon Allen -- will go head-to-head Saturday night when the Bulldogs visit the Razorbacks.

Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3 SEC) owns a three-game winning streak against its SEC West rival, but the Bulldogs have never won four in a row against Arkansas (6-4, 4-2) in 25 previous meetings. They'll have to take down Bret Bielema's red-hot Razorbacks team on the road this weekend to keep the streak alive.

With an assist from ESPN's Stats & Information group, let's examine three key factors in Saturday night's game:

High-scoring Hogs: Not only has Arkansas been the SEC's hottest offense since Week 8, it also ranks among the nation's best. Even if a streak of consecutive 50-point games ended at three with last week's 31-14 win at LSU, the Razorbacks still generated 440 yards in the victory.

In the last four weeks, Dan Enos' offense leads the SEC in points per game (50.3), yards per play (7.6), rushing yards per game (241.5), Total Quarterback Rating (92.3), completions of 20-plus yards per game (five) and offensive expected points added per game (29.3).

The averages for QBR and offensive EPA (essentially offensive efficiency) both lead the FBS.

As good as Allen has been, the revitalized running game has also been an enormous factor in the Hogs' recent success. Alex Collins has rushed for 100-plus yards in each of the last four games, the longest such streak of his career.

Manny Diaz's defense is in the middle of the pack in the SEC defensive standings -- sixth in scoring defense (18.6 ppg) and seventh in total defense (370.3 ypg) -- so the Bulldogs will have their hands full on Saturday.

Allen vs. Prescott: Although their playing styles are completely different, seniors Allen and Prescott are easily two of this season's most effective SEC quarterbacks.

Prescott is second in the SEC in total offense (308.3 ypg overall -- 265.1 passing and 43.2 rushing), while dropback passer Allen is averaging 261.7 passing ypg and trails only Ole Miss' Chad Kelly in passing touchdowns (Kelly has 23, Allen has 22).

Allen ranks fifth nationally in ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating metric (84.7), with Prescott coming in at 11th (81.4). Allen leads the SEC in Total QBR and yards per attempt (9.2), while Prescott's touchdown-to-turnover ratio (25 to 4) is the best in the conference.

More on the Dak Attack: Prescott had been responsible for at least one touchdown in 32 consecutive games before seeing that streak end in last week's loss to Alabama.

Still, he is in position to rank among the SEC's all-time greats as far as producing touchdowns. He needs one more TD to tie Tennessee's Peyton Manning and Florida's Chris Leak for fourth in SEC history with 101 career touchdowns. Florida's Tim Tebow, another Dan Mullen protégé, has been responsible for the most career touchdowns (145) among SEC players.

Prescott still needs two more rushing touchdowns to become the 11th player at a major college to rush for 40 career touchdowns and pass for at least 40. Tebow and Missouri's Brad Smith (who did it before the Tigers joined the conference) are the only players from current SEC programs to join the 40-40 club.