The Arkansas Razorback Football team will play Ole Miss this Saturday, and it should be a good one.
Razorback fans have felt pain for a long time, especially the last two years. The Chad Morris era was a dark place. With Sam Pittman things feel different, even three games into the season. Ole Miss has also been resurrected in a way with the hiring of Lane Kiffin, and there offense is electric. Here are three things to watch for this Saturday.
The Trelon Smith/Rakeem Boyd Duo
With Rakeem Boyd coming back after missing last game against Auburn, Sam Pittman has a problem on his hands. The Trelon Smith experiment was successful last Saturday. The first time Razorback starter had excellent game, racking up 81 rushing yards on 21 carries and 78 receiving yards with a touchdown. Even the two games before Auburn, Smith led the hogs in rushing. But Rakeem Boyd is a star, and everyone knows it. So how will Pittman balance out the touches between the two? It will be something to watch for.
De’Vion Warren as a number one option
Razorback fans love Treylon Burks, and rightfully so. He is built, fast, and has some of the best hands the Razorbacks have ever witnessed. While he was out last Saturday, another receiver stepped up in his place. De’Vion Warren was Felipe Franks go to receiver against Auburn. Warren finished with five receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Even the week before, Warren finished with 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. Yes, both of those games were without Treylon Burks, but Felipe and Warren seem to be on the same level. I’m looking forward to seeing how the targets go with a healthier Burks this weekend.
Felipe Frank’s is better than we thought
Felipe Franks transferred from Florida, and immediately hog fans started to tremble. This is a guy who has always been a winner, so I personally was okay with the move. I didn’t however, think Franks would be as good as he is. Franks is a quarter back the Razorbacks haven’t seen in years. He is mobile, and can thrown very well on the run. We have even seen him make a few tight window throws as well. Yes, he has a few issues. But he is definitely better than our past quarterbacks. Last Saturday Franks outplayed Bo Nix. Felipe finished with 318 yards and four touchdowns on 22-30 passing. He also rushed for 30 yards on the ground, and he didn’t force throws like we have seen from other quarterbacks in the past. I’m interested to see how he plays against an Ole Miss defense that isn’t very good.