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3-4 Deceiving for Ole Miss Vs. Arkansas

Derek StephensSenior Analyst IOctober 21, 2008

Three wins and four losses.

Two different roads.

That's the point I'm trying to prove today. Although Arkansas and Ole Miss have identical records, as an Ole Miss fan, I'm kind of puzzled as to why Arkansas fans argue that this somehow makes these two teams "even" coming into Saturday's matchup.

Am I saying Ole Miss will heavily beat the Razorbacks Saturday? No. But to say that Arkansas is even to Ole Miss at this point is pushing it.

Let's take a look at the stats:

 

Arkansas

Pro-Argument

- A 25-22 win over Auburn at Auburn recently

- A hefty schedule with Texas, Florida, and Alabama

- A near win versus Kentucky at Kentucky

Con-Argument

- Two out of three wins were against Western Illinois and Louisiana Monroe by a combined five points and required fourth quarter comebacks

- Blowouts in the games vs. Florida, Texas, and Alabama (Opponents: 139, Arkansas: 31)

- Auburn game not as big of an upset as thought (Auburn 4-3)

 

Ole Miss

Pro-Argument

- Defeated Florida 31-30 in the Swamp

- Lost four games by a combined 19 points

- Haven't been blown out all season

Con-Argument

- Two out of three wins versus Memphis and Samford

- A loss is a loss

- Have not won the games they've been favored in (South Carolina, Vanderbilt)

 

Overall

Both sides make valid points, but Ole Miss, at this point in the season, has proven that they are the better team. Arkansas has had their chance to prove themselves and at least salvage some of their losses, but has been blown out against top ranked opponents.

Ole Miss walked into the Swamp and defeated Florida, was a FG away from beating Wake Forest, and gave Alabama all they wanted at Bryant-Denny. Granted, Arkansas has played Texas, but it's needless to say that most believe Ole Miss wouldn't get beat 52-10 versus the Longhorns.

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