At first thought, it may not seem like the game against Missouri will be much of a problem, but the Arkansas football team has historically had a tough time getting wins over their neighbors to the north.
The Hogs are hoping to put a tough, seven-point loss to Alabama firmly behind them and focus on a Missouri Tigers team that successfully dispatched South Carolina and Florida in consecutive games.
Led by Head Coach Eli Drinkwitz, the Tigers score a lot of points, but their defense has been problematic this season. In the past five games, Missouri is allowing their opponents to score more than 31 points per game.
Don’t let that fool you, Missouri has a good football team. Here’s why the Hogs need to be taking their opponent seriously.
The Arkansas football team has beat Mizzou only once in the past seven years
Missouri is on a five-game winning streak against Arkansas, so the Hogs need to buckle down and end that streak this season. The Hogs have only notched one win against Missouri in seven years (2015).
Don’t think Missouri doesn’t realize it, either. During the SEC Media days before the start of the season, Drinkwitz was asked about rekindling a rivalry with Oklahoma when they join the SEC in a few years.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I kinda like the rivalry we got with Arkansas. I mean, I don’t remember the last time they beat us. So, I kinda like that one— the Battle Line Rivalry— that’s a good one. I respect Sam and everything he’s doing with that program, he’s obviously doing a tremendous job. I’m from the state, so that makes it a little more special and an added incentive,” Drinkwitz said.