The Arkansas Razorbacks (2-6, 0-5) are looking for their first conference win of the season as they take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-5, 1-4) at home Saturday afternoon.
The Razorbacks are coming off a road loss against the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Hogs lost by a score of 48-7.
Arkansas quarterback Nick Starkel completed only five of his 19 pass attempts (26%) for 58 yards and three interceptions in the loss against Alabama. Quarterback John Stephen Jones, a freshman, relieved Starkel in the fourth quarter and completed six of his seven pass attempts (85%) for 49 yards and threw for a touchdown. Combined, the Hogs rushed for 114 yards.
The Bulldogs are also coming off a road loss to the Texas A&M Aggies by a score of 49-30.
Mississippi State quarterback Garrett Shrader completed 13 of his 30 pass attempts (43%) for 194 yards while throwing for three touchdowns and an interception. Running back Kylin Hill, a junior, rushed for 150 yards on 21 carries with a rushing touchdown.
The Hogs are on a five-game losing streak this season and are on a 16-game losing streak against SEC opponents dating back two years to when they defeated the Ole Miss Rebels 38-37 on Oct. 28, 2017. The Bulldogs come into the game with their own four-game losing streak (all against SEC opponents).
“Mississippi State comes in as a team that is much better than their record,” said head coach Chad Morris. “They have lost their last four games, but they have one of the best running attacks in the SEC. They’ve got the league’s leading rusher (Hill) and a quarterback (Shrader) that is extremely mobile.”
Arkansas leads the all-time series over Mississippi State 16-12-1, and their most recent meeting was last year, when the Bulldogs demolished the Hogs, 52-6.
The Hogs will kickoff at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday and will be broadcast on the SEC Network. The Bulldogs are 7.5-point favorite going into the matchup with the O/U being 58.5.