Arkansas vs. TCU Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Arkansas vs. TCU fearless prediction and game preview.
Arkansas (1-0) vs. TCU (1-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
It was one of the strangest fun games of early last season.
There was a shootout, a throat-slash gesture, a meltdown, and in the end, a wild 41-38 Arkansas win that turned out to be one of the high points of the season for the Hogs.
Both teams appear to be better coming into the showdown of former Southwest Conference brothers, and both have the upside to make a whole lot of noise if they can keep up the momentum from Week 1.
Arkansas struggled to start out last season, but there wasn’t a problem blowing away Florida A&M last Saturday. TCU beat Jackson State in a blowout – it had a difficult time putting away an FCS team to start 2016.
The Big 12 could use all the help it can get in non-conference play after a rough start to the season, while a win by the Hogs might just cement the SEC’s place as the top conference in college football.
And, oh yeah, this should be a whale of a shootout.
One Reason Why TCU Will Win
Kenny Hill appears to have figured it out.
Fantastic in last year’s loss to the Hogs, it was his unsportsmanlike penalty for the throat slash that turned out to be the national discussion from a game that featured so much more.
In his final year, he might just be the quarterback everyone’s been waiting for. Of course, it was just Jackson State, but Hill was still magnificent, completing 18-of-23 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns with a pick.
The offense should be fantastic, but unlike last year, TCU’s defense should be back, too. It’s not going to be so easy to bomb away on these Horned Frogs, but …
One Reason Why Arkansas Will Win
Austin Allen is pretty good, too.
Lost in all the craziness of last year’s game was the play of Allen, who came up with an effective three touchdown performance to pull off the victory. He wasn’t razor-sharp against Florida A&M to start – he threw a pick and missed on a few throws – but he’s the type of veteran who should be able to handle himself without a problem against an improved TCU pass rush.
In the post-Rawleigh Williams era, the Hogs were able to grind away with a slew of rushing options last week – Chase Hayden got in 120 yards, while Devwah Whaley was solid in his limited work.
The balance is there to potentially take over the game from time to time, but to win, this has to be Allen’s show.
What’s Going To Happen
Once again, it’s going to be a close, tough, fun game, but it’s not going to be nearly the shootout that last year’s battle became.
Hill and Allen will be solid, they’ll each be helped by a good ground game, and each will look like they’ll be in for a better season – even though there was plenty of hope after the 2016 thriller.
TCU has more on defense and will do more to get behind the line. Hill and Allen will play even, but the Horned Frogs will come up with the two key stops they need in the second half to stay ahead.
The Hogs will have their chances, but they won’t capitalize.
TCU vs. Arkansas Prediction
TCU 27, Arkansas 24
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