ARKANSAS AT TCU
Kickoff: Noon ET/9 a.m. PT
Line: TCU -7.5
No one would deem either Arkansas’ win over Louisiana Tech, nor TCU’s shootout victory against South Dakota State awe-inspiring. Both squads looked flawed Week 1, albeit in much different facets.
The Razorback offense was sluggish and plodding — no surprise, given the Hogs replace competent quarterback Brandon Allen and explosive running back Alex Collins. It might take a few weeks for the tried-and-true approach of Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Dan Enos to settle in. Arkansas plays its best football later in the season under BERT, and 2016 should follow similar trajectory.
How that bodes for Saturday, well…?
A more experienced Arkansas team struggled to contain a Texas Tech offense with a similar profile to TCU last season. How much carryover that has to the 2016 season tells the story of Saturday’s contest. Despite the Horned Frogs’ apparent defensive woes, Arkansas simply cannot keep pace in a shootout.
After settling in, Kenny Hill was electric against South Dakota State, completing nearly 68 percent of his pass attempts with two scores and three on the ground.
The TCU defense will not slow Arkansas as much as Louisiana Tech was able to, but the Razorbacks’ inability to keep up with the tempo benefits the Frogs in a high-scoring win.