Southern Miss vs. Arkansas: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
Arkansas and Southern Miss appear to be headed in opposite directions as the two programs face off on Saturday in Fayetteville.
Arkansas is 2-0 this season after a nightmare 2012 campaign, posting wins against Louisiana-Lafayette and Samford.
Southern Miss, on the other hand, is 0-2, getting blasted by Nebraska last week, 56-13.
The Razorbacks rank 57th in the nation in points per game and 37th in points allowed per contest. The Golden Eagles rank 113th in points per game and 111th in points allowed per contest.
To make matters worse for Southern Miss, the game is being played at Razorback Stadium.
Here's a look at the clash on Saturday, complete with my prediction.
All statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com.
When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 12:21 p.m. ET
Where: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Arkansas -23.5
Southern Miss Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: CB Deron Wilson (Foot)
Questionable: No injuries to report
Probable: No injuries to report
Arkansas Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: WR D'Arthur Cowan (Foot), TE Austin Tate (Shoulder), LB Otha Peters (Arm), WR Demetrius Wilson (Knee)
Questionable: S Ronan Gaines (Knee)
Probable: DE Trey Flowers (Knee), LB Otha Peters (Arm)
Top Storyline: Arkansas' Rushing Attack On a Roll
It's worth noting that Louisiana-Lafayette and Samford aren't exactly stalwarts when it comes to defending the run.
Still, Arkansas ranks 11th in the nation and first in the SEC in rushing yards per game (312.5), with freshman Alex Collins and sophomore Jonathan Williams carrying the load.
Collins—the No. 5 running back in the 2013 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.com—exploded in Week 2 against Samford, rushing for a career-high 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. He became the first freshman in school history to begin his career with consecutive 100-yard rushing games (he rushed for 131 yards against the Ragin' Cajuns in Week 1) while being named the SEC Freshman of the Week.
Collins currently leads the SEC and ranks sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game (151.5).
Did I mention Williams has posted 277 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the first two weeks?
Considering Southern Miss ranks 70th in the nation in yards per carry allowed, the Golden Eagles have reason to be worried heading into Fayetteville on Saturday.
Prediction: Arkansas 35, Southern Miss 14
Who will win on Saturday?
It's going to be a rough day for Southern Miss in Fayetteville. The Golden Eagles have shown no ability to stop the run, which is something you need to do against Arkansas this season.
Alex Collins has proven to be worth the hype. He's instantly injected life into what was a lifeless program just last November. The 5'11", 206-pounder is on a roll, and I don't expect Southern Miss to slow his roll in Week 3.
The Razorbacks go on to a convincing victory in front of their home crowd, using a run-heavy offensive attack. Who knows, maybe quarterback Brandon Allen won't have to throw a pass in the fourth quarter again?
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