Arkansas Razorbacks (2-1) +28 at # 7 Texas Longhorns (3-0) 28 Austin, TX. Saturday September 26 Darrel K. Royal-Texas Stadium (93,553) 3:30 p.m. EST
by Wilson of Predictem.com
The Texas Longhorns are the real deal so far this season. The Longhorns have compiled a 3-0 record heading into this weekends match-up with the Razorbacks. The Texas fans will expect nothing less than a dominating performance once again at home.
Texas head coach Mack Brown is 106-25 as the Longhorns leader. He will likely get win number 107 on Saturday. The Longhorns have averaged 48.7 points per game this season, which is nearly thirty points more than the Razorbacks have put up; Arkansas is averaging only 23.3 points per game.
Texas is coming off a huge win against Rice 52-10, where they accumulated over 600 yards in total offense. Longhorn QB Colt McCoy completed 19-of-23 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns. McCoy set a school record at Texas by his 62nd career touchdown.
McCoy also led the Longhorns in rushing with 83 yards on 8 carries. Texas receiver Jordan Shipley pulled in five catches for 155 yards.
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Defensively, Texas should dominate as they have only allowed an average of 11 points per game. Arkansas has given up almost 34 points per game. Yes, everything seems to be definitely in Texass favor.
Arkansas will arrive in Austin hoping to get on track after an embarrassing loss at home last week to Alabama 49-14. The Razorbacks were anything but efficient as they literally fell apart on their own turf. Razorback QB Casey Dick was 20-of-39 for 190 yards, 1 TD, but he also had three interceptions, and two of the INTs were run back for devastating touchdowns.
Arkansass defense was on the field all day against Bama, and they simply could not stop the Tides run or pass attack. If the Razorbacks want to improve against Texas they will need to address issues on both sides of the ball. I dont know if a week is enough time to make adjustments and prepare for a tough Texas team.
Texas will be a little lighter at the Tight End position as starting sophomore Blaine Irby suffered a season-ending injury. Irby dislocated his right knee in the game vs. Rice. Coach Brown said that Irby was developing into a solid TE and he hopes that he will rehab and return in good health. Meanwhile, senior Peter Ullman and sophomore Greg Smith will compete for Irbys starting position. Irbys shoes will be important to fill, as he was a big playmaker and very much a part of the Longhorns offensive plan. He had several catches this season with three of those as touchdowns.
The Longhorns are very explosive offensively and defensively. I dont see Arkansas competing with them at the same level. The Razorbacks are not playing the same caliber of football right now. Texas has scored a combined 146 points in just three games. The Razorbacks showed how vulnerable they are against powerhouse teams like Alabama, who scored at their leisure.
Wilsons Pick: Texas is strong, fast, and ruthless at home. This has in fact produced a slightly biased point spread in which the value is actually with Arkansas. Take the Hogs at +28.