After coming off an upsetting loss to the Colorado State Rams on the road, the Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1) return to Fayetteville to play the North Texas Mean Green (2-0) in the last game before Southeastern Conference play begins.
The Mean Green have blown out their opponents so far, defeating the SMU Mustangs 46-23 during opening day and the Incarnate Word Cardinals 58-16 last week, both of which were home games.
The Hogs will be led by sophomore quarterback Cole Kelley, who went 6-9 with 102 yards and two touchdowns in Fort Collins, Colorado. On the ground, junior running back Devwah Whaley, who rushed for 165 yards and a scored a touchdown last weekend, will be starting in the backfield. In the game against the Rams, junior receiver La’Michael Pettway caught two receptions for 31 yards and one touchdown.
The Mean Green are led by junior quarterback Mason Fine, who is in fifth place in school history on passing yards. Fine is expected to have a breakout season, as he is on the watch list for multiple awards including the Maxwell Award, which a panel awards to the college football player they think is the best in the U.S. Against the Cardinals, Fine threw for 418 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Sophomore running back DeAndre Torrey, while only rushing for 47 yards, scored three touchdowns last week. Junior receiver Rico Bussey was Fine’s favorite target last week. Out of Fine’s four touchdown passes, Bussey caught three of them. He caught eight passes for 128 yards.
Seth Littrel is in his third year coaching North Texas and is 14-13 in his career in Denton.
Arkansas and North Texas have met nine times in their history, with the Hogs going undefeated in the series. Their last game sharing the field was in 2007 when the Razorbacks routed the Mean Green 66-7.
The game is set for kickoff at 3 p.m. in Fayetteville. The game will be broadcasted on the SEC Alternate Network.