On Saturday night, the Arkansas Razorbacks will take on the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga—the same Chattanooga team that fell 41-16 to the Citadel a week ago.
The Mocs have thrown six touchdown passes and seven interceptions on the season. Offensively, they've averaged 24.3 points per game, but have allowed 35.3 on defense.
The bottom line: Arkansas should score early and often.
When a team hangs 46 on Troy, 38 on Alabama, 29 on Kentucky, and 66 on North Texas...I think you get the point.
This game won't be close. The opening kickoff will mark the start of a long, long night for the Chattanooga defense.
Houston Nutt has to keep Darren McFadden healthy for SEC play, which means the all-world back may not play much after the first quarter. Not that it gets any easier after that for the Mocs—Felix Jones, Peyton Hillis, Brandon Barrnett, and Michael Smith will all be tough to stop.
Arkansas' defense, meanwhile, will have no problem shutting down Chattanooga. I see the Hogs forcing turnovers and turning them into points.
Look for Nutt to experiment with the passing game, because the Hogs have to throw the ball if they ever want to contend on a national level.
In any event, I think the Razorbacks can hang 70 on UTC—and they should, if they have the opportunity.
Some people people may disagree with that, but Chattanooga knew what they were getting into when they accepted the game.
And oh by the way—it's their job to stop the Hogs on offense and beat 'em on defense. When I give the 'ol magic eight-ball a shake and ask it if the Mocs will succeed in their task, what do I see?