Arkansas has started off 3-0 in 2013, looking to put a miserable 2012 campaign behind it.
The Razorbacks posted a 24-3 victory over Southern Miss in Week 3, but the status of starting quarterback Brandon Allen is currently uncertain after he suffered a shoulder injury in the win.
Rutgers has won its last two games since suffering a heartbreaking 52-51 overtime loss to Fresno State in the season opener. The Scarlet Knights scored a 28-10 victory over Eastern Michigan in Week 3, led by junior Paul James' 192 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Who will come out on top on Saturday in Piscataway?
*All statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Rutgers -1
Arkansas Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: WR D'Arthur Cowan (Foot), TE Austin Tate (Shoulder), WR Demetrius Wilson (Knee)
Doubtful: QB Brandon Allen (Shoulder)
Questionable: S Ronan Gaines (Knee), CB Jared Collins (Head)
Probable: OT David Hurd (Knee), OT Grady Ollison (Ankle)
Rutgers Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: DT Jamil Pollard (Undisclosed), DE Myles Jackson (Undisclosed), DE Julian Pinnix-Odrick (Knee), WR Jeffrey Gignac (Hamstring), TE Taylor Marini (Shoulder), FB Sam Bergen (Ankle). C Brandon Arcidiacono (Shoulder), DE Max Issaka (Shoulder), CB Bryant Gross-Armiento (Hamstring)
Doubtful: DE Jamal Merrell (Foot), G Andre Civil (Shoulder)
Questionable: QB Gary Nova (Head), C Betim Bujari (Undisclosed), TE Paul Carrezola (Lower Body), WR Andre Patton (Ankle)
Top Storyline: Will Rutgers Be Able to Stop Arkansas' Powerful Running Game?
The matchup between the Razorbacks' electric rushing attack and the Scarlet Knights' imposing run defense should be fun to watch.
Sophomore Jonathan Williams and freshman Alex Collins have combined for 811 yards and five touchdowns on the ground through three games. They combined for 231 rushing yards and two touchdowns last week against Southern Miss. Collins is the real deal. He became the first freshman in SEC history to rush for more than 100 yards in his first three games.
Of course, Rutgers is holding opponents to 1.98 yards per carry this season, fifth in the nation. That's after ranking fifth in the nation in the category last season.
As Josh Newman of the Ashbury Park Press noted:
Behind Jonathan Williams & Alex Collins, Arkansas is sixth in the nation rushing. Rutgers run defense is ranked fifth. Something has to give— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) September 16, 2013
Prediction: Rutgers 24, Arkansas 21
Who will win on Saturday?
I expect this one to be a nail-biter, assuming both Brandon Allen and Gary Nova start under center for Arkansas and Rutgers, respectively.
Arkansas boasts Allen along with Williams and Collins, while Rutgers boasts Nova along with James. The difference for me is the disparity in run defenses. Rutgers ranks fifth in the country in yards per carry allowed. Arkansas ranks 46th.
Plus, Rutgers has a slight advantage with home-field advantage. The Scarlet Knights have won both games at home this season.