Fayetteville, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks (3-5) are coming off a last second 30-27 conference loss to Ole Miss and now must prepare for an upstart Tulsa Golden Hurricane team on homecoming weekend.
Tulsa is 7-1 on the year but have flown under the radar in part because they are a member of mid-major Conference USA and because the Golden Hurricane do not have a signature win on their resume that a victory over Arkansas would provide.
Tulsa started the year with a tough loss to Iowa State on the road (38-23) but has since reeled off seven wins in a row over Tulane, Nicholls, Fresno State, UAB, Marshall, UTEP, and Rice.
A win over Arkansas would move Tulsa to 8-1 with three winnable games left on their schedule against Houston, UCF, and SMU. If Tulsa could do the unthinkable, for Arkansas fans, by beating the Hogs an 11-1 2012 college football season could put the Golden Hurricane in some rarefied air come bowl invitation time.
The Razorbacks have defeated the Golden Hurricanes 17 straight times dating back to Coach Broyles last season on the sidelines for the Hogs. One could argue that the circumstances centered upon this year’s match-up are unlike any the Razorbacks have faced previously. A loss could unravel the team completely leaving the final three games a mystery on the field for Razorback Nation and the Arkansas coaching staff.
A second loss to a mid-major conference team similar to the loss suffered to Louisiana-Monroe would be another black eye on the program and further reasons for Razorback fans to give up on the season along with interim coach John L. Smith.
A win for Arkansas keeps them mathematically in the hunt for a bowl game with expectations on the field for the remainder of the season.
A win for Tulsa should put the Golden Hurricane in the AP and BCS Top 25.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Arkansas Razorback Stat Lines:
Tulsa No. 95, 261.62 yards per game
Arkansas No. 116, 301.25 yards per game
Tulsa No. 85, 209.00 yards per game
Arkansas No. 17, 309.63 yards per game
Tulsa No. 26, 121.13 yards per game
Arkansas No. 30, 123.38 yards per game
Tulsa No. 9, 248.75 yards per game
Arkansas No. 100, 122.13
Tulsa No. 56, 25.63 points per game
Arkansas No. 87, 30.88 points per game
Tulsa No. 16, 39.50 points per game
Arkansas No. 69, 27.00 points per game
Tulsa No. 1, 4.38 sacks per game
Arkansas No. 31, 2.50 sacks per game
Tulsa No. 31, .50 turnovers gained per game
Arkansas No. 111, -1.25 turnovers lost per game