TCU had to fight way too hard to come away with a win in Week One, and Arkansas had to fight even harder. Check out the Arkansas vs. TCU fearless prediction and game preview.
Arkansas vs. TCU Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Game Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Why Arkansas Will Win
Uhhhh, TCU? Where’s that defense that’s supposed to be such a rock this season?
Of course the offense was going to work just fine against South Dakota State, but the defensive front got ripped to shreds at times while the secondary gave up too many shots down the field. Austin Allen wasn’t supposed to bomb away and let it rip in the opener against Louisiana Tech, but outside of the two picks – not to blow those off – he had a decent day completing 20-of-29 passes for 191 yards and two scores. If he can avoid the turnovers, he should be able to dink and dunk to keep the Hog offense going.
TCU was way too sloppy in the opener, especially for a Gary Patterson-coached team, with 12 penalties, breakdowns on special teams, and with two key turnovers. On the flip side, Arkansas lost the two picks, but it didn’t shoot itself in the foot with penalties and it held up well against the run.
If Arkansas can hold onto the ball for close to 37 minutes again, it’ll make up for an offense that didn’t show enough explosiveness and couldn’t find …
Why TCU Will Win
The running game. Bret Bielema teams are supposed to be able to line up and blast away on anyone. The whole idea is get really big, physical backs to run behind really big, physical blockers, but that didn’t work out so hot in the opener.
Louisiana Tech doesn’t have a big-time defensive front, and it definitely doesn’t have the linebackers to hold up, but the Hogs failed to generate any sort of a push averaging just 2.65 yards per carry and having a nightmare of a time keeping the Bulldogs out of the backfield. TCU, if you can dial up the pressure, you’re going to screw up the Arkansas offense.
While that Horned Frog defense might have had issues, the offense had no problems whatsoever out of the two Kenny Hill interceptions. The former Texas A&M Aggie bombed away for 439 yards and two touchdowns as a relatively cool, loose leader for the offense. The coaching staff might have been ticked about the team’s performance after the game, but Hill did his part and should take it all in stride. He won’t be thrown off his game.
What’s Going To Happen?
Last year Arkansas lost to Texas Tech early on in what turned out to be a rough statement moment for a bad first half of the year. This season against the Big 12, it’ll get the running game going a bit better than it did against Louisiana Tech, and Allen is going to start bombing away.
But no Gary Patterson D will have that kind of a defensive performance two games in a row.
The Horned Frogs will come out fired up – especially against the run – while Hill will put up big numbers against a suspect Arkansas secondary. TCU is better prepared for a firefight through the air.
Arkansas vs. TCU Prediction
Final Score: TCU 38, Arkansas 30
Line: TCU -7, o/u: 60.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Run to the Window – 1: Watch For Fun … 1.5
Must See Rating: 5: Sully – 1: Skip & Shannon Undisputed … 4