On November 1st the Arkansas Razorbacks will enter Davis Wade Stadium. MSU is looking for their third straight win in the series – a remarkable feat considering the history of the last 20 years.
Arkansas is the whipping boy of the SEC West right now. Everyone is piling on about how “bad” they are. Bad, of course, is a relative term. They are still good enough to beat most teams outside of the SEC, or certainly non power five league teams. Besides their running game, most analyst have declared every other area of their team will be near the bottom of the SEC. I’m not so sure they could really fall off the map just like that, although they won’t be the Arkansas from a few years ago.
By the time Week 10 rolls around the Hogs may have a decent team. They play UAB the week before MSU so they should be able to notch a win. Last year they were riding a terrible seven game losing streak when we played them. They eventually lost nine straight, albeit playing two highly competitive games vs. State and LSU to close out the season. 13 starters are back from last year – six on offense and seven on defense.
Bret Bielema is a good coach. He’s got his work cut out for him but it’s only a matter of time before Arkansas is good again. I kind of doubt they’ll be really good, but they’ll be solid. The question is will that be this year? Most say no….and hopefully that is the case.
Having the game in Starkville is a major benefit. MSU is 5-6 in this series with the game at home. A couple of those losses were in overtime, and the game has always been close. In the state of Arkansas it’s been another story, but we won’t worry about that until 2015.
There’s no reason our offense can’t move the ball very well against them, and you have to feel good our Geoff Collins’ group against the run. This game looks like a win three month away. If State is going to have a big season it will need to be.