Tuesday, August 14, 2007

SEC West Preview: Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas Razorbacks
10-4, 7-1, 6-2 Home, 4-0 Road, 0-2 Neutral

Quick Facts:
Returning Starters: 12 (6 Offense, 6 Defense)
Returning Letterman: 49 (23 Off, 24 Def, 2 ST)
Letterman Lost: 20 (9 Off, 9 Def, 2 ST)
Avg Score in SEC Play: 27.6 – 16.8

Fun Facts:
All four of Arkansas’ losses came against teams who finished in the top 10.

2006 ATS:
4-8 ATS, 2-3 Home Fav, 0-2 Home Dog, 1-2 Away Fav, 1-0 Away Dog, 1-3 Dog, 4-5 vs Conf, 0-3 vs Non Conf, 4-5 off SU Win, 0-2 off SU Loss

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Nutt at Arkansas:
47-15 Home; 18-22 Away; 2-7 Neutral
4-6 vs Top 10; 13-25 vs Top 25; 8-6 Off Bye; 14-18 Off Loss

The Razorbacks endured a tumultuous off-season with the departure of QB Mitch Mustain and OC Gus Malzhan. Houston Nutt again had to face an unhappy fan base despite and SEC Championship Game berth last year. Darren McFadden is a Heisman favorite after finishing second last year.

Impact Players:
#5 RB Darren McFadden – 2nd in Heisman voting, 1st team AA, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, 1647 rushing yards
#25 RB Felix Jones – 2nd team All SEC despite being a backup; 1,168 rushing yards, 24.1 KR avg
# 85 WR Marcus Monk – 35 consecutive games with a catch, 11 TD in ‘06
#63 C Jonathan Luigs – 3rd team AA, 1st team SEC

QB: #11 Casey Dick – 5 starts in 2006, 992 passing yards, 49.2% completion, 9TD to 6 INT.

Impact Players:
#97 DE Antwain Robinson – 68 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss
#9 CB Matteral Richardson – 63 tackles, 10 pass break ups, 1 INT

Impact Freshman:
TE Grant Freeman
OL Seth Oxner
RB DJ Williams

OL Grant Cook
LB Tim Dial

Keys to Success:
- McFadden and Jones have as good of seasons as last year
- Dick can keep defenses honest with two talented wideouts
- Ball control allows inexperienced defense to gain confidence early on
Arkansas is hoping McFadden can run wild this year

Schedule:Bye week in 2nd week with trip to Alabama the following week. Play Kentucky (home), South Carolina (home), and Tennessee (road) from the east. Has to play 11 straight weeks including two of last three on the road at Tennessee and LSU. Houston Nutt is 6-3 vs Tommy Tubberville.
Best Case: 9-3
Worst Case: 8-4

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