Oct 27, 2012; Little Rock, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorback running back Dennis Johnson (33) carries the ball as Ole Miss Rebels linebacker Joel Kight (15) , defensive end E.J. Epperson (33) and defensive backs Trae Elston (7) and Cody Prewitt (25) pursue during the second half at War Memorial Stadium. Ole Miss defeated Arkansas 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

2012 College Football: Arkansas Preps for Tulsa

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:

 

Passing Defense

Tulsa No. 95, 261.62 yards per game

Arkansas No. 116, 301.25 yards per game

 

Passing Offense

Tulsa No. 85, 209.00 yards per game

Arkansas No. 17, 309.63 yards per game

 

Rushing Defense

Tulsa No. 26, 121.13 yards per game

Arkansas No. 30, 123.38 yards per game

 

Rushing Offense

Tulsa No. 9, 248.75 yards per game

Arkansas No. 100, 122.13

 

Scoring Defense

Tulsa No. 56, 25.63 points per game

Arkansas No. 87, 30.88 points per game

 

Scoring Offense

Tulsa No. 16, 39.50 points per game

Arkansas No. 69, 27.00 points per game

 

Sacks

Tulsa No. 1, 4.38 sacks per game

Arkansas No. 31, 2.50 sacks per game

 

Turnover Margin

Tulsa No. 31, .50 turnovers gained per game

Arkansas No. 111, -1.25 turnovers lost per game

 

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