November 10, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson (8) looks to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

2012 College Football: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State Statistical Preview

When the Arkansas Razorbacks (4-6, 2-4) take the field against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) on Saturday one thing that is obvious per the statistics, two middle-of-the road college football teams will be squaring off.

Stat lines do not count for everything but one can easily argue that the Arkansas Razorbacks have had a tougher schedule than their SEC West counterpart Mississippi State to date. Yet both teams have somewhat similar offensive and defensive statistics leaving one to wonder how MSU has not racked up better numbers throughout the 2012 college football season.

The two common “tough” opponent each team shares to date is Texas A&M and Alabama, both losses for the Razorbacks and Bulldogs.

MSU has a win over 4-6 Tennessee while Arkansas has a win over 8-2 Tulsa. Neither wins are much to brag about but bears pointing out.

Arkansas is trending in opposite directions on the field. The defense is starting to play well while the offense is struggling. True the Hogs have found some balance between their passing and running games but two sore spots throughout the season continue on and that is the lack of production in the red zone and turnovers.

MSU slings the ball around enough to give the Razorbacks young secondary trouble.

The Hogs defensive line has been great of late and is now holding teams to an average of 119.70 yards per game.

The Bulldogs do a good job of creating turnovers and the Hogs do an even better job of turning the ball over to their opponents.

Whoever throws the ball better with fewer turnovers, statistically, will win this one.

 

Arkansas Razorback vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Stat Lines:

Passing Defense

Mississippi State No. 43, 216.00 yards per game

Arkansas No. 114, 291.10 yards per game

 

Passing Offense

Mississippi State No. 56, 238.00 yards per game

Arkansas No. 19, 302.60 yards per game

 

Rushing Defense

Mississippi State No. 68, 163.30 yards per game

Arkansas No. 23, 119.70 yards per game

 

Rushing Offense

Mississippi State No. 76, 145.50 yards per game

Arkansas No. 104, 119.50 yards per game

 

Scoring Defense

Mississippi State No. 28, 21.40 points per game

Arkansas No. 78, 30.00 points per game

 

Scoring Offense

Mississippi State No. 60, 29.40 points per game

Arkansas No. 82, 25.50 points per game

 

Total Offense

Mississippi State No. 80, 383.50 yards per game

Arkansas No. 45, 422.10 yards per game

 

Sacks

Mississippi State No. 88, 1.50 sacks per game

Arkansas No. 27, 2.50 sacks per game

 

Turnover Margin

Mississippi State No. 8, 1.20 turnovers gained per game

Arkansas No. 115, -1.30 turnovers lost per game

 

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