Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
DE Trey Flowers
Play Physical Defense
The Rebels have some talented, physical specimens on the offensive side of the ball, so Arkansas is going to have to match that by being physical itself on defense.
The Hogs have been overpowered in their losses and haven't been able to match the physicality of a power-laden SEC. Tailbacks are running straight through Arkansas' wimpy tackles and opposing wideouts are having their way with the Razorback secondary.
It will be critical that the Hogs don't let that happen against a Rebels team that is young, but full of physically gifted players. That's particularly true of Ole Miss receivers Donte Moncrief and Laquon Treadwell, who both stand at 6'3" and are 220 pounds of muscle. They have used their size and strength to beat defenders and make big plays.
The offensive line is also big, averaging 6'5", and 310 pounds per man, and has been creating big holes for Arkansas' running backs. The Hogs must step up and play physical football on defense or else the Rebels could score early and often.
Run the Ball
In all the mess that has been the Arkansas football team this season, the one unit that has been a bright spot has been the running backs. Freshman Alex Collins and sophomore Jonathan Williams are one of the best one-two punches in the SEC, and their stats would be even better if there was a legitimate passing game to back them up.
Collins has ran for 889 yards (tied for 17th in the FBS), leading all freshmen backs. He became the first back in SEC history to begin his career with three straight 100-yard games.
Some fans might remember a guy named Darren McFadden, who is the most decorated player in the program's history. After Collins' 92 yards rushing last week against Auburn, he needs just 224 more yards to break McFadden's school rushing record of 1,113 yards by a freshman back.
Williams has also been great, rushing for 716 yards to rank 45th in the FBS, and has an average of 6.2 yards per carry.
Arkansas will need quarterback Brandon Allen to play well if the Hogs want to even have a chance at the upset, but that doesn't mean they need to get fancy. The Razorbacks must to stick to their bread and butter and give the ball to the guys that have been the only consistency in 2013.
The Ole Miss rush defense is 66th in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (165.1), so the Hogs have an opportunity to take advantage of that.
Pressure Bo Wallace
When opposing quarterbacks have had time to throw the ball, they have picked apart the Arkansas secondary. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has had a solid season, throwing for 1,976 yards to go with a 62.7 completion percentage, 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
With a talented group of wideouts, Arkansas cannot afford to let Wallace have all day to chuck the ball around. The Razorbacks are 38th nationally in sacks per game (2.44) and are led by defensive ends Trey Flowers and Chris Smith. Smith has seven sacks and nine tackles for loss while Flowers has four sacks to his credit.
Arkansas must get a push up front and force Wallace into quick decisions to keep Moncrief and Treadwell from making plays. Wallace has avoided making mistakes, so the Hogs will want to do everything they can to try and get to him.