The Razorbacks will try to rebound from a season-opening loss when they visit Mississippi State, who defeated No. 6 LSU in its first game 44-34.
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman told the press he is excited to travel to Starkville, Mississippi, to play the Bulldogs this weekend.
“We're excited to go to Mississippi State,” Pittman said. “Man did they look good on film. They had an outstanding game against LSU.”
Pittman spoke highly of some of the players on the Bulldogs, as he was impressed with their performance against the Tigers.
“They have a great running back, quarterback and wide receivers,” Pittman said. “I love their center Cole Smith and defensively they got seven sacks so they had a wonderful game and we’re looking forward to going out there to compete.”
Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello set a Southeastern Conference record passing for 623 yards, adding 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach told the press he is satisfied with his quarterback play.
“He’s off to a good start but it’s how many times you can do it in a row as well as how consistent you are,” Leach said, “but I think the ultimate thing you want out of your quarterback is to elevate the play of the players around him. I think K.J. does a really good job of that.
Leach is in his first year as coach of the Bulldogs and has used a pass-heavy offensive scheme everywhere he goes. He proved that again, as Costello threw the ball 60 times against LSU. Pittman who is in his first year at Arkansas will have to find a way to stop a team which will be heavy on the passing game.
If Arkansas can control the Bulldogs and prevent them from throwing the ball efficiently they might force the Bulldogs to resort to the run game which Leach would prefer not to abandon his offense.
Senior quarterback Felipe Franks completed 19 throws on 36 attempts against Georgia. He had 200 yards passing, adding one touchdown pass and two interceptions.
Mississippi State allowed 80 yards rushing and 345 yards passing. Arkansas senior running back Rakeem Boyd could have a rough time running if Arkansas gets behind early and is forced to throw the ball. Boyd will try to bounce back from a rough performance in which he managed 21 yards on 11 rush attempts.
The Hogs and Bulldogs will renew their SEC West rivalry when they meet Saturday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
The Hogs will look for their first victory of the Sam Pittman era, as well as an end to their conference losing streak, which stands at 20. The game will be televised by the SEC Network Alternate channel.