Friday, September 30, 2011
Arkansas needs to get Texas A&M off field
No. 14 Texas A&M (current member of Big 12 Conference) faces No. 18 Arkansas Saturday, a year before the Aggies officially join the Razorbacks in the SEC. This is the third straight year the teams will meet at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Arkansas won the previous two, by 7 points last year and by 28 in 2009. Before 2009, the teams hadn’t met since they were both in the Southwest Conference in 1991. Texas A&M hasn’t beaten an SEC team in 16 years. The Aggies are 0-6 against SEC opponents since their last win, in 1995 against LSU.
The Aggies haven’t beaten an SEC team in 16 years and are 0-6 against the conference since their last win in 1995, when they beat LSU in their season opener. Of course, Texas A&M was in the Southwest Conference then.
Texas A&M is looking for its first win against the Razorbacks since 1991. Arkansas is looking for its first three-game win streak in this series since winning six straight from 1977-82.
Both teams are coming off losses against ranked teams last week. It was the same situation last year -- both teams lost heading into this matchup, but Arkansas bounced back to win 24-17.
How the Aggies Will Try to Win
Texas A&M has only been forced into one “3 & out” in 39 drives this season, the fewest number, and lowest percentage, of “3 & outs” in FBS.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill completes 70 percent of his passes thrown outside the pocket this season, while Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson completes just 38 percent of the same throws.
How the Razorbacks Will Try to Win
Wilson (seven touchdowns, two interceptions) has been a better passer inside the pocket this season than Tannehill has (four touchdowns, four interceptions), completing a higher percentage of those passes for more yards per attempt.
Wilson was 6-for-8 when Alabama sent a blitz last Saturday -- he’s shown all season that he can make quick decisions when the defense sends five or more pass rushers, completing over 74 percent of his passes.
He’ll need to be big Saturday -- Arkansas’ running game was held to 17 yards on 19 rushes last week against Alabama. The Razorbacks are without RB Knile Davis, who’s out for the season with a left ankle injury.