Arkansas vs. Tulsa fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
Network: SEC Network
Tulsa (1-5) vs. Arkansas (1-6) Game Preview
One Reason Why Tulsa Will Win
The Golden Hurricane haven’t won a game yet against an FBS team – neither has Arkansas – but they’ve been more than just a little bit competitive.
They pushed USF – losing on a late rally and a last-second field goal – and they gave Texas a hard time, too, mainly by being good on third downs, solid against decent passing games, and good at running the ball.
Against USF, Shamari Brooks came back after missing the Houston loss to run for 100 yards and two scores – the Arkansas defensive front has been ripped up over the last few weeks.
Against a mediocre Hog defensive front seven, Tulsa has to control the clock and control the field position battle. Arkansas is 123rd in the nation, and last in the SEC, in punting. Tulsa’s Thomas Bennett has been excellent, averaging over 49 yards per kick – the coverage team has been great.
One Reason Why Arkansas Will Win
Tulsa has a really, really, really big problem not turning the ball over.
It didn’t do it against USF, and magically, it stayed in the game throughout. Against everyone else, the Golden Hurricane offense turned it over 16 times in five games, at least twice in every game.
The Arkansas offense needs a spark. It isn’t converting its third down chances, and there’s nothing happening down the field with the passing game. It needs to pounce and take advantage of every chance, and it should be able to take the ball away just enough to make up for a few other issues.
The defense has to come up with one of its best games of the year, and some untested parts will have to step up with top RB Devwah Whaley out with an ankle injury and QB Ty Storey getting knocked out of last week’s game. Fortunately, Cole Kelley is experienced enough to step in, and Rakeem Boyd is coming off of two straight 100-yard rushing games.
What’s Going To Happen
Arkansas is battered and bruised offensively, and the defense has had its issues all year. But at home against a punchless Tulsa attack, the Hogs won’t be amazing, but they’ll push ahead late to pull off a win over an FBS team. It’ll be workmanlike, and it won’t be impressive, but at this point, the Hogs will take the W.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Arkansas 34, Tulsa 23
Line: Arkansas -6, o/u: 55.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
Must See Rating: 2
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