The Arkansas Razorbacks (1-2) are looking to bounce back after losing a heartbreaker to the No. 13 Auburn Tigers, 30-28, last weekend. The Hogs will face the Ole Miss Rebels (1-2) at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 17.
The Razorbacks’ disappointing loss came off of a controversial call near the end of the game. With the Hogs up 28-27, Auburn quarterback Bo Nix spiked the ball backwards in order to stop the clock. The Razorbacks fell on the ball, but the officials claimed that it was not a backwards pass and that it was intentional grounding. Auburn kicker Anders Carlson would hit the go-ahead 39-yard field goal with :07 to go in the game.
Arkansas quarterback Felepie Franks completed 22 of his 30 pass attempts in the loss while throwing for 318 yards and four touchdown passes.
On the other hand, Ole Miss is coming off a loss to the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in shootout fashion, 63-48, last week in Oxford, Mississippi. The Rebels recorded 647 yards of total offense in the game.
Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral completed 21 of his 28 pass attempts for 365 yards and two touchdowns.
Both teams are looking to get this must-win opportunity to take over the fourth place spot in the SEC west in an old school rival dating back to 1913.
Arkansas rolls into the game averaging 19.7 points and 330.7 yards per game.
Ole Miss comes in with 41.7 points and 573.0 yards per game with both stats undergoing a big spike after the Rebels contest with Alabama.
“I’m telling you, they’re incredible, they’re fun to watch and they’re scary to watch, but they are fun to watch,” said Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman. “Certainly they’re fast, fast, fast paced and Coach Kiffin is obviously known for offense and he’s known for a reason, because he’s an excellent football coach and they’ve got an excellent offensive football team and an excellent football team.”
On Wednesday, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin said during a press conference that the Rebels have had a few players test positive for COVID-19. The game is still set to be played with the available players that Rebels have. Ole Miss will go through another round of testing before the game.
“It’s very difficult moving people around,” said Kiffin during his press conference on Wednesday. “We’re beat up, too, from a very high-play count, intense game against a great team Saturday. So we are not in a great situation number-wise at all.”
Arkansas leads the all-time series over Ole Miss 36-28-1, but the Rebels have won the last two meetings. The Razorbacks’ win back in 2017 was their last in conference play until they defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs earlier this season.
Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m., and the game will broadcast on the SEC Network.