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:
Mississippi State No. 43, 216.00 yards per game
Arkansas No. 114, 291.10 yards per game
Mississippi State No. 56, 238.00 yards per game
Arkansas No. 19, 302.60 yards per game
Mississippi State No. 68, 163.30 yards per game
Arkansas No. 23, 119.70 yards per game
Mississippi State No. 76, 145.50 yards per game
Arkansas No. 104, 119.50 yards per game
Mississippi State No. 28, 21.40 points per game
Arkansas No. 78, 30.00 points per game
Mississippi State No. 60, 29.40 points per game
Arkansas No. 82, 25.50 points per game
Mississippi State No. 80, 383.50 yards per game
Arkansas No. 45, 422.10 yards per game
Mississippi State No. 88, 1.50 sacks per game
Arkansas No. 27, 2.50 sacks per game
Mississippi State No. 8, 1.20 turnovers gained per game
Arkansas No. 115, -1.30 turnovers lost per game