The second week of college football is packed with good games from Oklahoma at Ohio State to Auburn at Clemson. One of the games that is sure to be good is TCU at Arkansas. Arkansas Razorback writer Andy Davis and I decided to write a combined preview.
Arkansas Preview by Andy Davis
TCU. It is the game hog fans marked back in the spring. This is going to be the first real one. FAMU was a dress rehearsal, and it felt like it; War Memorial Stadium, a Thursday game, an FCS opponent, it all felt a little minor league. Now we have the big game. A Saturday afternoon at Donald W Reynolds Razorback Stadium against a ranked opponent, throw in the fact that they are an old Southwest Conference foe. This one is going to be fun!
Last week, I saw a team that can compete with TCU, but I’m not at all confident that they would beat TCU. The running game looked like the Hog’s strongest point, putting up 179 yards. I loved what I saw from freshman, Chase Hayden, who tacked on roughly 68% of those yards. Devwah Whaley and David Williams both showed flashes of brilliance, with Whaley putting up 60 yards on 12 carries, and Williams scoring 2 touchdowns, while also acting as a pivotal cog in the passing game. Arkansas will likely need the running backs to run in the 200-250 yard range, especially if Austin Allen performs like he did in week one. A 78.1 QBR against an FCS opponent is not what the fans want from their Preseason All-SEC QB. Obviously Allen will get better, but he will need to get better quick. I also liked what I saw from the defense, but it is hard to be optimistic about a Ryan Pulley-less secondary against a QB with the capacity to pop a 500 yard game in Kenny Hill, which makes it all the more important that the D-Line play to its potential. This D-Line, anchored by McTelvin “Sosa” Agim, is one of the most complete Razorback lines in years. They will be tasked with getting to Kenny Hill, and stopping him before he gets started. That means blowing up plays, keeping him in the pocket, and not letting him run.
Last year’s game was great, but that was a different Arkansas team and a different TCU team. I’m giving TCU the upper hand on paper, but if Austin Allen can play like one of the quarterbacks in the SEC, and the hogs get great performances out of key position groups, such as the running backs and D-Line, then they have a chance to walk out of DWR at 2-0.
TCU Preview by Max Gentry
This week’s game is the first true test of what this Horned Frog team can do. While Arkansas may not be ranked, they are an SEC team and are sure to put up a good fight.
Last week TCU beat Jackson State 63-0, leading to the Frogs jumping to No. 23 in this week’s AP Poll.
Against Jackson State, TCU threw for 300 yards on 23-for-30 passing. The ran for another 242 yards on 36 attempts. The defense held the Tigers to only 46 passing yards and 23 yards on the ground while intercepting the ball once and forcing Jackson State to lose one fumble.
The Horned Frogs looked good against Jackson State, as they should, and this week will be a good test as to whether this team can get back to playing at the level they did just a few seasons ago.
Arkansas 24 TCU 35